The Clarisonic Alternative

Walking with Cake: Shiseido 'The Skincare' Cleansing Massage Brush

(Shiseido’s ‘The Skincare’ Cleansing Massage Brush.)

I’ve been honest about my skin issues in the past, and since I stopped nursing Rhys, I’ve worked to improve my skin’s overall health and appearance.  I’m finally feeling fairly confident about it, and I have a regimen in place that really works for me.  I’ve heard wonderful things about the Clarisonic, and I was considering purchasing one, just to make my skin look that much better.

At a recent dermatology appointment, I asked the nurse if my doctor recommended the Clarisonic, and she just gazed blankly back at me.  I had to explain to her what it is, and then she responded by shaking her head back and forth.  So, I guess that’s a big fat NO, which really surprised me.

I did a little research on my own, and came across this insightful blog post.  The author clearly explains some of the myth behind the very expensive facial brush, and the studies cited made me think twice.  I’m so glad I read that piece before spending quite a bit of money on the brush, and I found a much cheaper alternative in Shiseido’s ‘The Skincare’ Cleansing Massage Brush, though any facial brush will probably work just as well.

At night, I apply my regular cleanser, wet the brush, and gently massage my face for about a minute or so.  After that, I rinse and wipe my face clean with a washcloth.  It’s nothing very dramatic or complicated, but my face does feel fresh and clean.  If my skin feels irritated or especially dry, then I skip the brush that night.  No big deal.

Facial brushes are nothing new, and I remember my mom using one when I was growing up.  Do they really help the overall appearance of your skin?  Maybe.  Or maybe not.  Who’s to say?  I enjoy using mine, and it definitely doesn’t hurt, so I thought I’d mention it, in case, like me, you’re considering parting with quite a chunk of change for the newest gadget on the market.

I’m saving that money for some perfume, instead.

Have you tried the Clarisonic or another facial brush?  I’d love to hear your experience.

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