The best base for makeup is clean, moisturised skin. I used to be a wipes girl a few years back as I felt like it was the quickest, most convenient way to take my makeup off. I then started paying attention to my skin as I learned that the earlier you start introducing a good skincare routine, the better you will look later in life. I ditched the wipes and have had a passion for skincare ever since.
As I’m quite a busy person, I’m a sucker for any beauty device that will speed up my ‘getting ready/unready’ routine. I heard of the Clarisonic a good while back and have seen it feature on many beauty vlogs on YouTube. My mum asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year and I thought the Clarisonic Aria would make me so happy!
I think of the Clarisonic as an electric toothbrush for your face. If you use an electric toothbrush, my guess is that you’d never go back to a manual one. The same goes for the Clarisonic. It has completely replaced face cloths in my bathroom and I wouldn’t be without it now.
I have incorporated the Clarisonic Aria in to my evening skincare routine. I feel that in the morning, my skin only needs a gentle wash so I delicately work my cleanser in to my skin with my fingers while I’m in the shower. Makeup is made to last though so in the evening, you girls will know that it can take some work to remove that mask from your face. But that’s where Clarisonic really has revolutionised up up my evening skincare routine!
I remove my eye makeup with an eye makeup remover and a cotton pad. Right now, I’m using MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover but you can use a simple miceller water – just make sure you wash it off after removing makeup as it can be drying on the skin.
I then dampen my face and the Clarisonic brush head and quickly rub some cleanser all over my face. I’m currently using the foaming gel cleaner that came with the Clarisonic as I finished my cleanser but a fail safe cleaner that’s great for all skin types is the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – and it’s not too girly so the man in your life can use it too 😉 ..
The Clarisonic Aria has three speed settings depending on how sensitive your skin is. I use the highest setting but I built up to this over the space of a week or two. It also comes with a T timer – how long the brush stays on for. I keep it at the default setting which is one minute long. The Clarisonic will then bleep to tell you to move to the next area of your face (starting at the forehead) after 20 seconds (nose and chin area), 40 seconds (left cheek) and 50 seconds (right cheek). Et viola – your skin is nice and clean in only one minute!
I then splash off the residue from my face with water and wash my face quickly using my fingers and cleanser to make sure it’s extra clean and then gently dab my face dry with a clean towel.
I have heard that some people complain of grime or mould growing behind the brush head but I’ve never had that problem. Once my face is clean, I was the makeup residue from the brush head using my cleanser or hand soap. I then remove the head from the device and leave to air dry overnight. If you don’t clean our your device, I’m sure it will get dirty..
I’d like to mention that I imagine this would be great for all skin types. If you have problematic skin then the thorough cleanse should help keep spots at bay – which it has for my hormonal pregnancy spots! Also, you can buy lots of different brush heads to suit your skin type. The Clarisonic comes with the sensitive brush head but I am now using the radiance head as you should change it every three months, like you would with your toothbrush head.
Well I hope this has given you a good overview of this truly amazing device! I would not be without my Clarisonic now and I don’t think my skin would forgive me for ditching it either. If you’d like a review on any other beauty gadgets, let me know and I’ll try my best!