Read This if You Use a Clarisonic!

Read This if You Use a Clarisonic!

I used to recommend the Clarisonic. I still think there are a lot of benefits to using a facial brush but now that I have found Konjac Sponges, I don’t find the facial brush as necessary. Exfoliating your skin is extremely important and I have often written and spoken about it. I have also said that you should not over-exfoliate because that can be damaging to the skin.

I now want to provide you with even more information on exfoliating and the Clarisonic.

1. This brush should definitely not be used every morning and night. That is way too much especially if you are using other exfoliating items in your routine like a scrub or glycolic acid.

2. Too much exfoliation can cause dryness because it allows moisture to leave the cells more easily. Leaving you more dehydrated. This brush (or any brush) should be considered when you think about your exfoliation schedule.

3. When you exfoliate your skin, we call that a form of trauma. That is a good thing…occasionally. Exfoliation causes trauma which then puts your skin in repair mode and stimulates cellular regeneration. If you over-exfoliate, you can trigger premature aging. The opposite of what everyone wants!

4. Aggressive exfoliation can cause inflammation (even if you don’t see it). Chronic and prolonged inflammation is a major cause of aging.

5. The Clarisonic (or any facial brush, harsh wash cloths, facial scrubs) is considered a physical exfoliant and if your skin is extremely reactive to stimulation, it’s important to be more gentle so that you don’t cause post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation. Those who are prone to discoloration and skin of color should be extra cautious!

6. Sometimes the Clarisonic is just too much stimulation for your skin and it will cause breakouts. If this is you, don’t wait for your skin to get used to it. Stop using it! Everyone is different and it may not work for you. I am one of those people.

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My recommendation-

I will give just a general exfoliation schedule but this could be different for your skin type.

Glycolic Acid is my favorite form of chemical exfoliation to use at home. Skin Scripts Glycolic Cleanser is great. You feel a tingle but it’s effective! Use this about 2-3x a week. Pm only.

For your physical exfoliation, choose either a scrub (Skin Script Retinol Scrub is amazing!) or the Konjac Sponge (unless you already have a facial brush). Do this 2x a week. Pm only.

The chemical exfoliant (glycolic acid) will dissolve the dead skin and the physical exfoliant (sponge, brush or scrub) will lift off the dead skin. Different but both are necessary!

Beauty Review: Olay Pro-X Advanced System

Happy Friday beautifuls!

Today I want to share with you all my thoughts on the Olay Pro-X Advanced System. I got this from Target in June and didn’t think to write a review about it until my dear friend Jackie at FiveTwo Certified asked me to do one because she was shopping around the many wonderful cleansing systems out there and I told her I have the Olay Pro-X!
Jackie did her thorough research and already picked a brush cleanser, check it out HERE! She shared an awesome way to save money on big beauty purchases in the post too! Thanks love!

*Just real quick: All reviews are always solely MY opinion based off my own personal experiences. I’m not trying to say what product is better than what because everyone has different unique qualities. I’m just sharing with you what I’ve found that works specifically for me. That doesn’t mean your thoughts in my comments don’t matter because it really does! I love hearing feedback! Thanks!

Here’s the deets (taken from the Olay website) on what this cleansing brush is about:

“Is it time to rethink your daily cleansing routine? Designed by a team of dermatologists along with Olay, the Advanced Cleansing System is as effective as a system sold by skin professionals for nearly $200.* Professionally and clinically designed to cleanse 6 times better**, the Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System also sets your skin up for supersonic anti-aging moisturization.”

Packaging: 

  • I bought this back in June so I don’t have the box anymore (sorry!) or else I would have taken a picture of the box for you to see. I remember buying this when it was on sale for $24.99 (it’s originally $29.99)! Keep an eye out for sales at Target or Walmart!
  • The cleansing brush I purchased is pink (it’s a limited edition color, I’m not sure if it’s still available). The standard brush is white but of course I got pink because that’s my favorite color! =D
  • The package includes a 2-speed brush, 1 soft bristle replaceable brush head, and an Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser (20 ml).
  • I love the fact that this brush is water proof and can be use in the shower if you’re in a hurry.
Top button is the Power button. Bottom button is to change the speed.
  • I  gave my Mother-in-law the cleanser because I only use Clearasil’s Daily Face Wash. I refuse to use any other cleanser because of this: I started having really bad acne issues when I was in the FORTH grade! Since then, I’ve devoted my entire life to Clearasil. Another story for another time, if you’re interested =)
  • The brush looks lightweight, with the batteries in, it gives the cleansing brush some weight which makes the brush very sturdy and you can maneuver this around easily!
  • Also (my husband has been encouraging me to do little videos to show demos, but I’m still hesitant to do so lol) – what I noticed about the brush is how it spins. So there’s five circles of bristles that makes this brush. I’ve been pressing it and have been playing with it over and over because I have bad eyes and want to make sure I’m seeing this right, but the four outer circles spin one way and the tiny fifth circle in the very center spins the opposite way. This would be perfect timing for a little video demo to show yall (sorry lol)!
 
 
You can click on the pictures to enlarge it to see the details of the brush. Right picture is what the back of the brush looks like.
Application:
  • I followed the instruction that was on the box, here’s the steps from the Olay website:
    • Dampen facial skin and brush head lightly with water.
    • Dispense cleanser in your hand and massage over face.
    • Turn on cleansing brush and gently move around the face for approximately 60 seconds.
    • Make sure to avoid the eye area!
    • Rinse face and brush head with water.
Sorry for this blurry picture!
Finish:
  • I really like this cleansing brush a lot! It makes me face feel squeaky clean!
  • Now to warn you, I’ve done some research and have heard about people’s experiences with a ‘purge’ phase. I am not a skincare expert but with the research I’ve done, ‘purging’ refers to where your deep cleansing brush brings up the dirt and impurities within your skin out, thus causing you to break out.
  • From what I’ve gathered after reading many people’s experiences, if you use the brush daily, you’re more likely to break out more often. For those who used their brushes minimally, like in my case, I’ve always use this once or twice a week TOPS, so I seldom get any breakouts. I’ll get a pimple here and there after using this but that’s all and it goes away in a day or so.
  • Aside from the few pimples I get after using this brush, my face truly does feel deep clean!
  • This brush exfoliates the dead skin off and so I’m left with a nice and even texture.

Is it worth it?

 
  • I just want to scream YESSSS through this screen to you but I know you wouldn’t appreciate it so I’ll be nice and say yes indeed! lol! It retails for $29.99 (U.S.D. before tax) and you can find this online or at your local Walmart or Target. Like I said before in the beginning of the post, I got mine on sale for $24.99 (U.S.D. before tax) so keep an eye out for sales if you’re interested!
  • I absolutely love how this makes me face so soft and smooth after using it! I like to use this once or twice a week. I prefer to exfoliate on a Friday night or Saturday morning to get rid of the week’s worth of buildup, impurities, etc. If I do exfoliate twice a week, I’ll do it on a Wednesday in the middle of the week to help clear the gunk out of my face. Do you have preferable days on when you exfoliate? Please share with me in the comments below!
  • I am aware of the popular Clarisonic and I do believe in taking excellent care of your skin however, I’m not keen on paying the price for it personally. Why? I know many people invest heavily into skincare products because of their current skin issues. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I really don’t have much skin issues besides worrying about what the future holds for me lol. My main concerns currently is uneven skin tone and seasonal changes. This Olay Pro-X does its job perfectly well for me which is to exfoliate.
  • I think that this brush is a great investment! You no longer need to keep repurchasing facial scrubs which adds up more than the cost of this brush alone throughout the year.
  • Oh yes one more thing! There are replacement brush heads available of course by Olay. They come in a two pack for $9.99 (U.S.D. before tax). You should be able to pick these up at the store right next to the cleansing brush set!
For those who do not have a cleansing brush but are interested, I hope my two cents helped answer some questions that you may be wondering about. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! I’m here to help!

Also, if you do purchase this and decide that it’s not for you. Olay has a refund guarantee for it! Check it outhere.

Facial exfoliating brush…

Facial exfoliating brush…

“People will stare, make it worth their while” – Harry Winston

This is quite random but I was taking a shower today and feeling my face, I felt so glad that it was as smooth and soft as a baby’s bottom. Now, you’ll ask why this will make me so happy but after my baby, I have had to battle with sudden breakouts – black head, white head, hyperpigmentation and all. Makeup even looked horrid on me! Prior to falling pregnant, my skin was so beautiful with such smooth face, I never suffered breakouts even when I slept with make up on so seeing my face after baby always made me so sad.

I spent hours reading, researching on facial products because the last thing I wanted was a product that will whiten my face and make it worse. Some products I bought didn’t do jack! I don’t know how I found myself on Amazon reading about the Clarisonic facial brush but I wasn’t too pleased with it. To me, its just like the electric toothbrush where you just stick in your mouth and listen to it buzz away (in this case, you held it to your face and it rotates in circular motion). Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read very good reviews about it but I’m a “manual” person as I like to feel like I am scrubbing my face or brushing my teeth well and not relying on a machine to do the job.

Then I saw a £3.99 normal facial brush that eliminates black heads, large pores etc with 147 reviews on the product and yes, I had time…lol. Decided to give it a go as it was the manual type I wanted and besides I thought £3.99 wont set my bank account back if it turns out to be a waste of time so its a win win situation for me. Boy, was that the best decision I ever took! I use it in circular motion when cleaning my face whenever I shower or take my make up off along with my tea tree lemon face wash and the tea tree facial toner. I can’t remember the last time I had a breakout and don’t even use my tea tree exfoliating scrub as often as I used to.

I try to exfoliate once a week though. This brush may look like nothing but it’s done wonders for my face. Harry Winston was right! At the end of the day, the first thing people see is your face and girrrrlllll, that face has got to look gooooood :-)

Thanks to my £3.99 facial exfoliating brush!!