I'm a bit of a self-confessed product junkie and skincare is a really important part of my daily routine.
My number one beauty item that I have had the best results from and would recommend to anyone is my Clarisonic facial cleanser.
In case you haven't heard or seen the Clairsonic before and are wondering why the hell you would spend over a hundred pounds on something you wash your face with, it is a vibrating/oscillating brush that you use with a face wash for about 60 seconds a day and it leaves your skin softer, smoother and cleaner that it has probably ever been whilst removing all traces of make up.
I got the Clarisonic Mia 2 facial cleanser about 18 months ago and it has been a constant part of my nightly routine ever since.
When I first got my Clarisonic, I used it twice a day for the first couple of days and my skin felt great. And then I got the WORST breakout ever!
I'm not going to lie, I felt like putting it in the bin at this point, especially as I had started using it just after Christmas (thanks Santa!) so I then had a lovely breakout just in time for New Year.
I then did a little Google search (what did we do before Google?) to see if anyone else had had any issues with breakouts after starting to incorporate the Clarisonic into their skincare routine.
It turns out I wasn't alone and breakouts are really, REALLY common after you start using your facial cleanser, even if you have never had a spot before in your life and ESPECIALLY if you use it twice a day like I did. The reason for the breakouts is either because your skin is being over-stimulated by the exfoliating nature of the brush head or your pressing too hard and applying too much pressure to your skin.
So, after I had read about a million reviews and blog posts about other people who had experienced breakouts after starting to use the Clarisonic, I decided to just start using mine just once a day at night time.
Almost immediately my skin started to clear up and, some 18 months later, I still only use my Clarisonic once a day.
Kim Kardashian recently put a photo on Instagram of her skincare essentials and it was no surprise that she can't live without her Clarisonic either.
I'm currently using a Clinique foaming cleanser to wash my face and it works really well with the Clarisonic.
I'm also a huge fan of Estee Lauder skin care and the Perfectly Clear cleanser leaves your skin squeaky clean.
Clarisonic recommend that you replace the brush heads every three months and it's really easy to remove the head and change it over. It's also really easy (and cheap) to clean your Clarisonic too, I just use a little bit of shampoo (baby shampoo ideally) to lather it up and it's good to go.
I've switched from the normal brush head to a Deep Pore Cleansing brush head and haven't experienced problems switching and would probably go for this one again when it needs replacing.
Although I have the Mia 2, there are a number of different machines now available. There is a Clarisonic counter in Debenhams in Argyle St with a wide selection of products. When you're spending over £100 on an item such as this, I would definitely recommend having a chat with someone at the counter to make sure that you get the right one for you and your specific skin type.
As mine was one of the first ones released, it isn't powerful enough to add the body brush attachment so I might need a little upgrade soon...
The Clarisonic is definitely an investment as it's not cheap but, when you work it out at cost per use, it's actually really good value for money and I absolutely wouldn't be without it now.