Happy New Year! Out with the old, in with the new. After 62 years (in three weeks) of waging war with life, I put this simple cliché behind me. And thought that the edict “You can lead the horse to water, but you can’t make her drink” so befitted me. This horse is still thirsty, it seems.
I’ve been on record and vocal about not liking to wash my face. Somehow over time I believed my unlined, younger-looking visage had something to do with not treating it invasively with harsh cleansers and/or exfoliators. I’m still on board, in general, with this theory – generally speaking. However, I’ve “seen the light” and the error of my ways as well. I’ve been introduced and have fallen in love with Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($119). I reverse my former long-held ruling on face washing and have come, at this... stately age, to fully appreciate how an occasional gentle thorough wash can benefit the skin of my face and neck.
I feel like I’m standing at the podium in an AA meeting, and instead of admitting an addiction, I’m admitting my steadfast avoidance of one. Truly, this is a revelation to me! Truth in Aging is my network; where my truth is found and tested. I am so grateful for the discoveries and knowledge established here.
My current discovery came about on my last annual beach trip with my best friend in November. She’d been telling me via phone conversations how she’d finally purchased a Clarisonic brush. Prior to her purchase we’d had many talks about the importance of her removing makeup before bed. She reached the conclusion that the only way she’d do this is if she had some kind of device to simplify the process. At the beach, she called me in to the bathroom during her nighttime routine and excitedly showed me the Clarisonic and how she used it. I stood there feeling a little tight and stubborn, but also feeling a little envious and curious. Something very unusual for me. The number one thing was she made it look so SIMPLE!
The seed was planted. It took me about two weeks. I was online and shopping for Christmas gifts when I veered toward the search engine and typed in Clarisonic. Finding several sites easily with Christmas discounts, I only had to choose between green, hot pink and orange. My favorite color being apple green, it was outrageously easy, and the price felt like a deal ($76). I had to electrically charge it for 24 hours upon arrival which stretched my patience a little. After waiting years, suddenly I wanted it NOW! But the first operation of my green Mia proved to me that I’d made the right decision; moreover, why had I waited so long – why had I resisted this at all?
Holding the brush under hot water, shaking it off; applying Amala Cocoa Rejuvenating Cleanser directly on the brush head; turning the Mia on and applying it gently to my face and rotating it over my entire face and neck; gently, gently. Rinsing my face with a washcloth and my skin felt like a newborn bairn’s sweet arse. Not to mention how wonderfully porous it was and ready to soak up the wealth I’ve invested in potions.
My face has thanked me after each wash, but more importantly accumulatively over the weeks. I still don’t wash my face daily, and I usually wash it at night or in the shower (on the days I wash my hair) when I do. I think I use the Clarisonic approximately three to four times a week. For clarity I DO rinse my face! I believe in light cleansing. I also like a couple brands (Burt’s Bees and Dr. Dennis Gross EZ4U Facial Towelette 4in1) of cleansing pads and tissues, when I’ve worn makeup.
I am now firmly ensconced in the Sonic Skin Cleansing System stage of skin care. I recommend it for all age groups.