Followers of beauty blogs will know that the European beauty bloggers all have a deep-seated love for the Clarisonic, a little handheld device to cleanse your facial skin. This handheld device is basically an electronic toothbrush for your face. It deeply cleanses your skin without you doing more than moving your arm around.
The Clarisonic recently launched in South Africa (or will launch soon, I'm not sure), and at about the same time powerhouse skincare and makeup house Clinique also launched a similar, more affordable option.
Just before these two launches, Olay launched a much, much cheaper cleansing device and this is the one I will be reviewing today. I'm not sure of the exact prices, but to give you an idea of the scale, the Clarisonic retails for around R2,400, the Clinique for R1,600, and the Olay for about R300. I haven't used or even seen the higher-end facial cleansing systems yet, so this review will stand completely on its own. I can't say if the Olay is on par with the more expensive systems, I just want to bring across my personal views on the system.
The cleansing system comes in a box with the device, the brush head, two AA batteries (already inserted in this photo), and a mini Skin Perfecting Cleanser. To set up the cleansing device you insert the batteries in the battery compartment in the handle, click on the brush head, and you're good to go. The cleansing device has a power button as well as two speed settings.
You can use the cleansing device to remove your makeup, but I prefer to remove my eye makeup beforehand. I apply the facial cleanser to my face and massage my skin for a minute or so. It's a slightly gritty gel cleanser, and I was scared that it was going to irritate my skin, but it didn't. I then wet the brush head in warm water and switch it on, starting at my forehead and working my way around my face. The brush head spins in circles and massages and cleanses your skin. I stay away from my eyebrows, eyes, and hairline, because I can imagine getting your hair caught up in the spinning brush head will not be pleasant! After moving the cleansing device across my entire face, I switch it off and rinse my face (and the brush head) with clean warm water. I don't wash my face in the shower, but the Olay cleansing device is waterproof so you can use it in the shower and the bath.
My skin is left feeling smooth and clean, but I can definitely feel that my skin has had a "workout"! I was a bit scared of how my skin would look and feel the next morning, but to my surprise my skin was clear and smooth, without the slightest hint of a breakout or a rash. I do however advise against using this every day, as I have heard horror stories of people using the Clarisonic too often and then having worse skin problems than before. I don't know what the optimal number of times per week is to use it, but I don't use it more than two or three times a week.
The replacement brush heads for this system retails for around R100 for two. Dischem recently had a special offer where, if you buy any two products from the Regenerist range, you receive a full size Skin Perfecting Cleanser for free. I bought the cleansing device (which was already on special) as well as the replacement disks, and got the cleansing gel for free.
Have you ever used a cleansing device? Would you use this one? Let me know in the comments section!
Until next time!