For Christmas, one of my presents was a Clarisonic Mia 2, bought by me with the money from my grandparents from Christmas and my birthday. We then wrapped it up, and I pretended to be surprised when I opened it on Christmas Day.
First of all, let me say that Clarisonic has no idea who I am. They didn't give me this for free, and they don't know I'm writing this post. That being said, let's begin!
It's taken me awhile to get used to the Mia 2, and so I held off on reviewing it on my blog until I was sure that I like it. It's been three or four weeks, but yes, I am now sure that I love it.
The Mia 2 is different from the original in that it has two speeds, and it also pulsates to let you know when to switch regions of the face for exfoliating.
At first, my skin was a hot mess after moving to the Mia 2. I've always just used my hands to wash my face, and although I've been using Proactiv since my face was awful ten years ago, it's all I've really done. A problem with using Proactiv with the Mia 2, though, is that because the wash has exfoliating beads in it, it's too harsh, so I switched over to Kinerase, a gentle face cleanser, as recommended by people at Ulta.
After the first breakouts, I went to Ulta to ask if this was normal. Everyone said it was and that it would go away in a week. And they were right- my face cleared up, but all of a sudden my entire region around my mouth was impossibly dry, and I've never had dry skin. I bought some moisturizer, switched to using the Mia2 only at night, and things improved.
Now after a week of moisturizing and using once a day, my face has finally balanced out, and I'm back to using it twice a day, using the lower setting in the morning and the higher one at night, and I'm in love.
I've always had blackheads, and they haven't magically gone away in the last three weeks, but they are less noticeable and might go away eventually. My acne, never awful but never completely gone, is as good as it ever has been. My skin is smoother and softer.
I'm a huge proponent of the Mia 2, and I'm pretty sure you should buy one. I know it's a financial investment, but if it keeps working like this and gets even better over time, I'm definitely in it for the long haul. The replacement heads are about $25, but you only have to replace about every six months, making it a minor investment in your beauty routine. When I bought mine, I got an extra head for free, which lessened the financial blow. :) It comes with a charger, and it usually has to be charged every week and a half or so. It also came with a travel case.
Overall, I love it, even though it took some time for my face to get used to it. However, now that it's acclimated, I'm loving how my skin is looking and feeling, and it was a fantastic investment.
Do you have and love a Mia? Hate it? Thoughts?