Continuing on with the skincare and beauty happenings on this blog, I can finally announce that I have joined the Clarisonic club after a good year of ruminating on whether or not to buy one!
Fuelled by frustration with my skin since September (allergies, dry flakiness, more allergies, and more flakiness!!) I bit the bullet after one long day of study and bought the new Mia 2 from Sephora. It arrived last week and I've been waiting to pick it up from Simon's house since then.
A bit about the Mia 2
It's the same as the original travel-sized Mia, but features two speeds instead of one.
For those who haven't come across the Clarisonic before, think of it as a giant toothbrush for your face. It is touted to gently exfoliate the skin and do a much better job than your hands alone, and the whole process takes a measly 1-minute to do. In the photo above is my brother, showing you how it's done. Apparently it tickles!
I purchased mine off Sephora in a package deal which included an extra head and some samples (shown above), but you can get the original Mia for a similar price in Australia online, such as here. Also, who doesn't love the freebies from Sephora?? Those nail stickers will be coming out to play in December.
A bit about my skin
Here's some photos from Saturday morning before work, which I haven't used the adjustment-brush tool on. (Of course, white balance and cropping was done, but nothing more - we like to be truthful here!). Admittedly my skin didn't look too bad then, but when I came home from work my jawline and forehead were off to flaky-town, urgh. Also, my pores are perpetually like, "hey y'all! Jump on in!" to bacteria, so something to stop them doing this would be greatly appreciated.
Since my teens, "oil-slick" has been an appropriate descriptor for my sensitive dermatological state. Except until 2 months ago where I reacted pretty badly to my brother's face-wash (and then some more with the Spring weather), went into a frenzied state of exfoliating, and am now stuck with dry skin. Boo :(
I'd much prefer oily to be honest, and you can see that my makeup in the photo on the right doesn't sit very well on my face. Let's hope this helps it out by cutting down my previously (very) abrasive skincare routine!
And now, the 6-week plan!
It's 6 weeks because I just chose an arbitrary number of weeks to carry out my experiment in.
Firstly, I've gone back to basics with my face-wash (sorbolene and phisohex) since my face has decided to revolt against Neutrogena which I've used for years. Secondly, since my skin is pretty damaged at the moment from all my scrubbing, I'll be slowly introducing the Clarisonic over a couple of weeks. All my other skin routines will stay the same.
Thus the plan of attack will be:
Week 1: twice a week
Week 2: 4 times a week
Week 3 - 5: nightly
Week 6: nightly, and if I think it might be appropriate, in the morning too
I'll update you on my progress when I have the time to (20 days to exams, not that anyone's counting)!
Wish me luck, and ask as many questions as you like!