Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System Review

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Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System Review

The Clarisonic is one of the most cult beauty tools out there, but it’s quite expensive so I can see how people feel hesitant to spend that much of their hard-earned money on such a pricey beauty item. That being said, I’ve had mine for several years now so I thought I’d finally do a review on it and share my experiences, thoughts, and why I think it’s ultimately worth the investment.

About the Clarisonic

Created by the geniuses behind the Sonicare toothbrush, the Clarisonic has much of the same philosophy behind it except applied to your skin. The “sonic frequency moves the brush back and forth more than 300 times per second” cleaning your skin far more efficiently than you ever could. The Clarisonic that I own is the Clarisonic Plus which is the highest model of Clarisonic available and has 3 different speeds to choose from. The cleansing brush turns on and runs for a few seconds on each part of your face (forehead, left cheek, right cheek, and then chin area), beeping in between each area so you know when to move the brush and clean the next area. This particular model comes with several of the Clarisonic cleansers (in travel sizes) which I personally gave away and also a charging dock that makes charging your Clarisonic brush easy. If you purchase a lower tier Clarisonic, it will work in the same way that the Plus does – the only differences are that the lower tier brushes only have 1 speed and use a charging cord that plugs directly into the brush instead of a charging dock.

What You Get

When I purchased my Clarisonic Plus, I received 3 travel size Clarisonic cleansers as well as a body polish, but it looks like you only get 2 skincare minis in the kit from Sephora. The price is basically the same, though when I purchased mine about 4 years ago, I paid about $275 total for it. I purchased the pink one and I also had my name engraved on the back (which is free of charge and something you can only get directly purchasing at Clarisonic). At that time, they had a very limited amount of colors – only pink and white I think – but now they have TONS of color options to choose from. Aside from that, you also receive a charging cradle dock as well as 2 brushes (a sensitive face brush head and a body brush head).

Clarisonic Benefits

  • Removes makeup, sunscreen, and other debris six times better than other cleansing methods.
  • Cleanses skin & clears up clogged pores, acne spots (including blackheads), and dry patches
  • Exfoliates skin gently, but efficiently so skincare products absorb more readily into the skin
  • Has the ability to remove 30 times the free radical pollutants from skin than manual cleansing


Clarisonic Use & Care

The Clarisonic is very easy to use. When you press the on button, it will immediately start. You can change the speed as desired by pressing another button on the handle up or down depending on the speed you want. For cleanser, you can either apply it to your skin ahead of time (which I do with cleansing oils as it’s easier) or if you use a gel, you can also apply it directly to your brush head. Once the Clarisonic turns on, you simply move it around in circular motions on each area of your face, moving to the next area each time it beeps. When you use the body brush head, you can use it in the shower or out of it as you like. They say the Clarisonic is water proof, but I’ve personally avoided getting it directly wet underneath the shower to avoid water damage, just in case, and prolong the life of my brush. It works in much the same way on the body as it does on the face, except there is no timer so you just move it around how you want.

Some recommendations I have for those just starting to use a Clarisonic are to let your skin adjust. You may break out a little at first, but your pores will clear in a month or so; give it a little time if that happens. Also, when you use the brush on your face or body, keep in mind that the brush is doing all of the work for you. Don’t press down, don’t put too much pressure; just let the brush glide across your skin and do it’s job. It works really well this way.

Caring for your Clarisonic is super easy. The brush heads will need a good rinse or maybe even a quick wash if you use it to remove face makeup or if your skin is particularly grimy. Cleansing the brush heads will prolong the life of them and keeps everything sanitary (in the same way that you’d use a different face towel every few days or week). Clarisonic recommends that you replace your brush heads every 3 months, but I’ve been able to get away with using them for up to 6 months when I clear the brush heads after each use. Changing brush heads is super easy – turn left to twist off and turn right to twist on (make sure you head it lock in place). Occasionally, you’ll want to clean off your charging base and also the clarisonic itself as it can get dirty over time from so much handling and use, but you can clean them both with a makeup wipe pretty simply once a month and that’s fine.

Which Brush Head Is Right For You?

For Face:

  • Sensitive, Reactive or Severely Acne Prone Skin: Sensitive or Delicate (for most sensitive) Brush Head
  • Somewhat Acne Prone Skin: Acne Brush Head
  • Some Acne, Mostly Clogged Pores or Really Dry Skin: Deep Pore Brush Head
  • For Normal, Dry or Combination Skin: Regular or Luxe Brush Head

For Body:

  • Sensitive Skin: Luxe Body Brush Head
  • Normal Skin: Regular Body Brush Head

Why I Love It

There are so many reasons to love my Clarisonic, but the biggest reason is that it gives me clear, soft skin with very little effort. When I first purchased this, I couldn’t believe that I’d spent to much money on a single beauty item, but honestly, it’s been a godsend. On days when I just don’t want to work at getting the dirt and makeup off my skin, this is perfect. Yes, replacing brushes can be pricey, but its not bad since I only have to purchase them 1-2 times per year. This has definitely made my skin softer, clearer, and actually minimized the amount of breakouts that I deal with, even at that time of the month. I can also vouch for the different it makes in how much of my skincare products actually get absorbed into the skin more efficiently after using this and that’s a big one for me as well. Aside from those major benefits, I love how lazy I can be using this. I literally just stand there and move the brush in small circles on each part of my face while it does it’s thing and my skin gets clean and soft. Also, I love the Clarisonic Plus, specifically, because the charging dock makes keeping my brush charged really easy.

  • My skin is clearer when I use this than without
  • My skin absorbs skincare products (especially night treatments) more efficiently
  • My skin is softer and more hydrated and even toned
  • Cleaning my skin really easy, almost effortless

You can pick up a Clarisonic Plus at Sephora – HERE

You can browse their other brushes and brush head options – HERE.

You can also buy one directly on the Clarisonic site – HERE.

Do You Have A Clarisonic?

What Do You Think of Them?

♥ Tianna 

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9 thoughts on “Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System Review

  1. April 24, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Thanks for the great review. Now i firmly believe it’s really worth it! I got an olay pro x , waiting for the set to arrive. Hopefully i can get clarisonic soon before the year ends 🙂
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  2. April 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Such a great review! I have been tempted in the past to get one but it’s a bit much of an investment for me.
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    1. April 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      thanks glad you liked it! Yeah I know it’s expensive, but honestly, I’ll never go back. Sometimes I’ll manual cleanse and it’s not really the same so I’m glad I spent the $ even though it was a lot initially.

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