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How to use the Clarisonic Brush

How to Use the Clarisonic Brush

Reviewed by Marta April 9, 2013 22 Comments

The Clarisonic brush is a great gentle exfoliator that is now an indispensable part of my skin care routine. I've been asked to give a little tutorial on how to use it. I myself am entirely self-taught (or deluded) so here goes — but do wade in with comments if you've picked better habits.

The first thing to do when you get your Clarisonic brush is to ditch the cleanser that it comes with. I can no longer remember what is in it, but it isn't going to be the thing that gets your complexion glowing. Replace it as soon as you can with the cleanser or your choice.

The Clarisonic can be used on dry skin, or damp skin with a cleanser. I prefer to use it on dry skin and follow by washing my face and neck. There are now three brush heads available (us early adopters only had two to choose from). I use the white one on my face and neck and the gray one on my body. The new blue brush is for sensitive skin. Even though sensitive is my middle name, I've never felt and discomfort from using the white brush on my tender cheeks.

And the thing is, don't be all tentative about it. My first experience of the Clarisonic was in a spa and the esthetician took to it with a firm hand. The idea is to be deliberate, but brief. Brushing your entire face and neck should only take about 60 seconds or so.

And no lingering, keep moving over the face. You can go back and forth if you need to, but don't keep at any one area or you might get sore and inflamed. And anyway, don't forget the brush head is spinning away (well oscillating to be precise) at oscillating back and forth at a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second. So you don't need to scrub!. It's hard to say what I mean by firm and deliberate, but the closest I can come to is that it's a similar pressure to rubbing your skin with a washcloth.

Concentrate on brushing sections of your face: across the forehead, upwards along your cheeks, the chin and over your nose. Making sure that you brush your nose area thoroughly to get at those enlarged pores is the only uncomfortable part of the process — at least for me — as it really tickles.

Swapping the white head for the gray you can continue on your body - dry or wet, as you prefer. I think the real reason I use it in the shower is to save time.

I use my Clarisonic on my face about five times a week — the other days I usually use an exfoliating cream or mask. I alternate days when I use it in the shower: body scrub one day, brush with Japanese Charcoal Cleanser the next.

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  • October 16, 2016

    by Dee

    I bought my Clarisoic Aria (3 speed) around three weeks ago. In the first week I used it only at night to remove my make up on speed 2 for 2 minutes... It was great to clean off all my makeup. I feel that my products do absorb better. I use a wet wipe first, so I get an even deeper clean.
    I used the wash that came with the product. It's fine on my skin.
    In the second week I have experimented with my own choice of gentle face washes and different speeds on the Clarisonic.
    I find if I don't use it twice a day I won't get blemishes (spots). Which did happen.
    In my second week I received so many compliments on my face. Eg: have you had bottox? to you look younger.
    I have noticed a big difference in the in how my face appears, glowy and smoother. I am now in my third week of using the Clarisoic. I am very happy with it and will continue to look forward to using it.
    I am really pleased that I bought it from an official dealer and it was in a sale at 40% discount. That was a big incentive.
    I have read negative comments about the use of the Clarisonic...unfortunately it may not be for everyone for one reason or another...
    I am very happy.

  • April 15, 2016

    by Lilys Gma

    I recently purchased the 99.00 clairsonic after having bought them for my daughters (I am a cheapskate when it comes to myself haha)
    But, as a retired Licensed facial specialist I knew I was not caring for my middle aged skin like I should, I'm 49 and I can see how quickly my skin is aging now so I decided to get back on track with a good skincare regime.
    I LOVE THE CLAIRSONIC. After the first use my cheek pores near my nose were notable smaller and my skin felt renewed! I use it daily for longer than recommended, but GENTLY...the bristles should just touch the skin not be pressed into the skin, that actually defeats the purpose of how the clairsonic was designed to work. That said, I do not have sensitive skin nor any skin issues other than mild aging.
    It's important to note that each person, and their skin, is completely unique. Just like anything else in life, what works for one may not work for another. For those of us who can use the brush with no issue, it's fantastic! I've seen a huge difference in the absorbtion of my facial serums and creams. My skin already looks an feels years younger after a few weeks using the clairsonic. Yay! 50 here I come! ;-)
    For those with sensitive skin, break outs or those of you who aren't sure, it's always best to start with trial and error. Small, light amounts of new products ( just because a product 'burns' one person does not mean it will bother someone else at all) and anything that helps exfoliate can irritate ( I know they advertise that it doesn't exfoliate but that's silly. Any vibrating brush or even sponge or washcloth used in circular motion across the skin is exfoliating your dead skin cells, period. If there's a flaw in their marketing THAT is it for sure.)
    So ladies, clairsonic might not work for everyone but for most, it does and I personally wouldn't be without it. My daughters who are 24 and 28 with completely different skin, love theirs also and have owned them for aprox 18 mo. , that's why I gave one a try and I'm so glad I did. As someone who would never have surgery, I'm grateful to find something helpful.
    Also remember that aging skin cannot be repaired or replaced simply by scrubbing or peeling it away. Our diets, our hormone levels, sun exposure etc all contribute to our bodies natural decline of not producing collagen and elastin like it used to, so no matter how much scrubbing and moisturizing we do, we have to also work on our skin issues from the inside out!
    A tip though?? Things like clairsonic or gentle massage, or even facial exercises , amything that brings circulation to the skin ALSO stimulates the growth of collagen!!
    I'm doing it all...because well, it can't hurt. ;)

  • April 29, 2015

    by Jen

    Same thing happened to both me and my daughter (28). She has adult acne and the Dr. told her not to use things that inflame or spread etc. It ruined her face - but luckily she stopped using it right away. I, however kept using mine for a few months and didn't realize what was happening as it was a slow progression. My cheeks started becoming thinner and thinner and thinner...

    Soon I was able to see ugly masses of spider veins that weren't there before I saw the QVC ad for Clarisonic and thought what an AWESOME gift that would be for the both of us. So much wasted money! I finally researched in more depth that I had before (when all I could seem to find was how AMAZING this new Clarisonic was, (ah, the power of advertising!).

    Eventually I began finding more and more forums where women wrote about how it had "ruined" their skin by thinning and causing other even worse problems! It's been about a year since I stopped using it and now I have been trying to thicken my cheeks back to what they were and get RID of these unsightly red veins that now mar each side of my face. I've been using copper peptides (and a LOT of TIA products) as well as Horse chestnut cream or tincture (though the tincture has alcohol). I did read about a horse chestnut oil available.

    I guess the moral of the story is that just because a new product comes out claiming to be REVOLUTIONARY and MAGNIFICENT with multiple benefits (and colors, patterns and limited editions as well!); to not get caught up in the hype and wait awhile. Then do some research and see what you uncover.

  • March 24, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Ghada, yes it is safe for use with rosacea if the sensitive brush head and settings are used.

  • March 23, 2013

    by Ghada

    I wonder if this would work on skin with rosacea, and is it safe to use it on the neck?

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