Preliminary Review: Clarisonic Mia – Sonic Skin Cleansing System & Why You Should Read the Manual

by xin on August 15, 2011

Hello everyone!

Happy Monday and say hello to my latest addition to the gadget family – Clarisonic Mia.

Having heard so much good things about it – clearer skin, lightened acne scars, etc. So I finally bit the bullet and bought it from kissandmakeupny using a free shipping code. I succumbed because I always have congested skin to struggle with. (could be due to the laziness to clean face very thoroughly)

Clarisonic MIA Skin Cleansing

From the website:

The Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth skin. In just 60 seconds, the micro-massage action removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Removing more dirt and oil from your pores also helps products work more effectively.

Clarisonic MIA Skin Cleansing box

It looks like an electric toothbrush, but just just bigger, and it’s not the normal vibration.

Clarisonic MIA Skin Cleansing Kit

In a USD$149 kit, it comes with a brush head and body, a small gentle hydro cleanser, and an international charger, and of course a user manual.

It is ironic that I used to write some sort of manuals for living, yet I never bother to read them, unless when I bump into problems.

And it was no exception with this, but…it was a huge mistake of not reading the manual!

Clarisonic MIA Skin Cleansing on hand

It comes with a sensitive brush head, and there is only one button (one speed) to press. Easy. It stops at 60 seconds so you will know the timing.

It is easy to hold, and the entire body is waterproof, so you can use it in the shower!

When I ran out of battery (out-of-box only lasted for one use) and it took me a while to figure out how to charge this as there isn’t any input for charger.

Clarisonic MIA Skin Cleansing on hand with charger

The ‘magnetic’ charger.

Clarisonic MIA Skin Cleansing with Charger

Fit gently and nicely on your Mia.

Very high-tech indeed.

To use it:

You only need actually 60 seconds for the whole face (as stated in the manual).

I obviously did not know about it.

I had some annoying black heads on my chin so I decided to sonic it a little longer and I thought it would be no harm since my skin on my chin is quite thick…

chin

I was obviously wrong!

It was no pain when I had it on forĀ  a whole 60 seconds, it was only after rinsing that I found the horror of injured skin!

It became painful when I dried it (gently), but the surface of the skin has been injured.

Frantically, I soothed the patch with 3 types of essential oils and finally the stinging pain stopped for the night.

On the second day, I skipped Mia on my chin and just briefly cleansed with my hand.

On the 3rd day, the layer finally healed and the injured skin dried off in flakes.

Phew!

Now you see why you should at least glance at the manual first?

I have been using it for about a week now and quite like it :) Will report if I have crystal clear skin within a month!

Do you always read the manual?

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Paris B August 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

Ouch! that looks painful indeed. Lucky it looks perfectly normal now. And yes, you should really read the manual, even if its just a 2 pager :P
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prettybeautiful August 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

yeah always have to learn lessons in the painful way LOL
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lyn August 15, 2011 at 11:46 am

Yes, always read the manual :-) Glad your chin is cleared up now. I keep getting slightly different results from Mia and it’s like my skin is evolving. This is why I’ve held off writing about it because it keeps changing. Overall, I am happy with it and am glad I got it too.
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prettybeautiful August 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

so far i have been liking it :D i think most obvious result is the smoother surface now without the tiny bumps and black/white heads
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gio August 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

That looks painful indeed. I’m glad it’s cleared up now too. And I agree, we should always read manuals..
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prettybeautiful August 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

thank goodness nothing was too serious :P
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Clarisonic August 16, 2011 at 3:34 am

Welcome to the Clarisonic family! We’re glad you decided to read the manual and are loving your results after your initial snafu! Keep us posted on your long-term results. Cheers!

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