Is the Clarisonic Facial Cleansing System Good for Your Skin?

A Clarisonic Cleansing Brush is designed to reveal healthy skin.

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Dead skin cells can be your skin's enemy number one. They make your skin look dull, and they can stick in your pores and cause breakouts -- thanks, but no thanks. These skincare truths make good cleansing and exfoliation vital to achieving that glowing, healthy skin you were born to have, but just haven't gotten to yet. If scrubs and cleansers aren't working out, the Clarisonic Facial Cleansing System might be able to help.

How It Works

Buying the Clarisonic Facial Cleansing System gets you a handheld brush that has a rotating brush head and a variety of travel-size cleansers that you can use with it. "Allure" magazine says to think of the brush like a Sonicare toothbrush for your face. The Clarisonic brush rotates at 300 movements per second -- that's super-fast. The brush even takes measures for exfoliating dummies -- it beeps every 15 seconds to make sure you haven't kept it on one part of your face for too long. It has a battery life of 30 minutes, and you can use it in the shower as well. If you have sensitive skin, the cleansing system features an additional head for sensitive skin. Clarisonic also released the Mia, a smaller version of the brush that is slightly less expensive and does not feature the timer or multiple settings.

From the Expert

In an "Allure" interview, celebrity facialist Terri Lawton gushed over the Clarisonic's benefits for healthy skin. "I've been in the field for almost 30 years, and I'm jaded, but the first week I had this thing, I used it on 24 clients who thought they had come in with clean faces," she said. "And 20 of them came up with residue from pollution, the environment or makeup."

What's Good About It

You know that icky feeling when your skin just doesn't feel clean enough? That's where the Clarisonic Cleansing System comes in. The brush is designed to enhance cleansing. According to the Clarisonic website, the brush removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing -- using your hands -- does. In addition to better cleaning, the brush helps your skin better absorb facial products, such as moisturizers.

What's Bad About It

There's nothing technically bad about the Clarisonic Cleansing System. It's designed enough to be gentle on the skin and when used properly can help to reduce makeup residue and dead skin cells. The operative words are "used properly." Make sure you thoroughly read the instructions before using it, and don't overuse it. Over-exfoliating can have a negative impact on the skin, stripping it of its natural oils, which can actually make you break out more. If you notice more breakouts after using the system, use it a little less, and you may experience better benefits.

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