Everything you ever wanted to know about the CLARISONIC but were too afraid to ask…

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Clarisonic but were too afraid to ask

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Clarisonic but were too afraid to ask

Y’know, I realised today that all things related to the Clarisonic make up a great deal of the search traffic I get on this here beauty blog called swatchgirl.com. Battery life, brush replacements, purge periods, what cleansers to use…

I’ve been using my Clarisonic Plus more or less continually ever since I got it a couple of years ago, so I thought it was high time to touch back on all things Clarisonic. I use a Clarisonic Plus, but I’m sure this applies equally to all makes and models.

  • The purging period: if you’re starting to use a Clarisonic for the first time, or you’re starting to use it again after a couple of months away from it, then yes, your skin is going to purge itself silly. Yes, it will be gross. No, you can’t skip it. Every congested pore, every blackhead, every lurking pimple: they’re all going to throw up their contents all over your chin. The good news is that the purging period only lasts a week or two, and you’re in the clear after that. Stick with it, trust me.
  • Battery life: I use my Clarisonic Plus twice a day on average. Sometimes I do the full one minute cleansing hoopla, sometimes I just use it for a few seconds. I recharge my Clarisonic once a month, sometimes less, but never more. I just leave it on the charging cradle overnight and it’s ready to go by the morning. Easy peasy.
  • What settings and brush to use: I use a sensitive or delicate brush head and keep the Clarisonic on the slowest setting. I don’t think it’s necessary to use a stronger speed on my skin; I’d actually suggest that the issues some people have told me about in regards to getting upset skin from a Clarisonic would be down to using way too much power and too aggressive a brush head. You don’t need to go insane on your skin, y’know?
  • Is it safe to use a Clarisonic in the shower: man, I’d assume so. Mine lives on the otherwise unused soapdish in the shower and I’ve never had an issue with it. I also drop it at least once a week and it’s still working like a champ.
  • What cleansers can be used with a Clarisonic: as long as it doesn’t have microbeads, microfoliants, microdermabrasion particles, or other physical exfoliants like apricot kernels or wheat husks, or it isn’t a solid butter cleanser like Eve Lom, then go for it. Just remember that frothing cleansers may over-cleanse when combined with a sonic cleansing tool, and that creams can make the brush head a bit sticky and gluey.
  • Can a Clarisonic be used on skin with acne or rosacea: go talk to your dermatologist and get their expert opinion. Personally I’d be super duper cautious if your skin is inflamed or touch sensitive, but I also don’t have Dr in front of my name. Go talk to your doc and play it safe.
  • How often should I replace the brush head: the theory is every three months, or the same as your electric toothbrush head. Personally I let it go a bit longer in between brush replacements solely because every time I go to get a new one from Myer or David Jones they’re always sold out. So, uh. Whenever the brush goes kinda funky looking and/or you can actually buy one.

I think that’s all the pertinent questions/regular search queries answered. If I’ve missed anything, just let me know!

There are 3 comments

  1. Anna

    I’m trying to decide whether I should get one. I have a cheaper version (Sigma Makeup brand). I do notice a slight difference in my skin but I don’t know if I should bother getting the Clarisonic! This answered some of my questions though, thank you!

  2. Mumofaussiekids

    I have the clarisonic Mia and love it. With the purge time I just used a mud mask to help extract all the oil and the purging stopped. One thing is I need to use this twice a day and not stop or my face will go back to the dry acne skin again

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