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New Clarisonic infuser in January 2010

December 20, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 4 Comments
Clarisonic, makers of the eponymous brush, has come up with a new device that will launch in January called the Opal Sonic Infusion System ($245). Unlike, the bush, which cleanses the skin and removes dead skin cells, Clarisonic's Opal Sonic Infusion System uses sound waves to help topical products penetrate the epidermis.

Much as Clarisonic has impressed me with my beloved brush, the Opal raises a few questions. How do sound waves help a substance penetrate the skin? And, assuming it does work, will it help penetrate the good along with the bad?

Clarisonic will be selling an anti-aging serum along with the Opal. I don't much about what's in it accept the actives. These include kigelia africana, which is in Pevonia's bust-firming serum. With its gorgeous bat-pollinated flowers and bizarre monster sausage-like fruit, it is an antibacterial, a “significant” (in the words of one study) anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The leaves and flowers are rich in hexadecanoicacid, a fatty acid, and the other important component is verminoside. There are also steroids that explain why the plant has traditionally been used to treat eczema.

The rest of the ingredients appear to be useful, but not exceptional. There are glycosaminoglycans, a family of carbohydrates that play an important role in connective tissue between cells. They are also a component of hyaluronate, which provides the body with moisture. Although they are easily accepted into the skin because of their positive charge, and can moisturize the skin, the effects are probably temporary.

Then there is Canadian willow herb (or, epilobium angustifolium extract), which has both antimicrobial and anti-irritant properties for the skin, and antioxidant oat kernel extract.

I have put my name down for an email alert when Clarison's Opal is unleashed to the world.

Update: I tested and reviewed the Opal in March 2011. Read on

  • May 27, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Allison, here's my review:
    I would go so far as to suggest that you don't open it, but return it.

  • May 27, 2011

    by Allison

    I just bought the Opal and before I open it, I wanted to know if you have any new reviews or recommendations? It is now been out for awhile so hopefully you can give me some advice?

  • January 7, 2010

    by lnc04

    hi marta,
    in relation to this post i have a question for you. awhile back i had a series of ultrasound facial treatments done, very similar to the ultrasound you get in physical thereapy accept the gel used was collagen infused. i loved them, however they weren't cheap and you need to keep them going to keep up the benefits. i am a licensed cosmetologist and am constantly trying everything.
    so here's my question, have you heard anything good about this product and is is similar to ultrasound? on ebay you can find several ultrasound machiens from handheld to dermatologist grade ranging in price from $50.00- $10,000. i recently bought a fairly decent handheld for about $85.00 but have not had it long enough to notice anything yet except it sure feels good when i do it! i'm wondering if you know anything about these, do they need to have a certain frequency to actually penetrate the product down into your skin? the one i bought says it ( depending on what product you use w/it) will clean your skin better than cleansing alone, drive product deep into the skin, firm and tone skin along w/ reving up collagen formation.
    what do you think??
    thanks so much, lisa
    oh btw, i would love to be a guinea pig, i'm up for anything!!

  • January 5, 2010

    by maria

    I've also put my name down for an email alert! So happy with my Clarisonic-this just has to be up to their standards as well!

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