Clarisonic Mia Review

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Don’t you love that feeling of smooth, glowing, radiant skin?

Of course you do!

Not only is it fun to feel how silky smooth your skin feels after a good exfoliation, but it also makes us look fantastic!

When it comes to skincare, a lot of people shy away from going all out with skincare products. They may think it’s not worth money or it’s too much trouble. A lot of times it is but there are some tools out there that are just spectacular!

The Clarisonic Mia (Amazon) helps can do just that!

That’s why I wanted to write a Clarisonic Mia  review to talk about how and why everyone should use this tool to help take their skin to the next level.

What Is the Clarisonic Mia?

The Clarisonic Mia is a device that cleanses and exfoliates the surface of the skin by using a gentle, rotating brush on the skins surface. Unlike traditional face washing, the Clarisonic Mia gets deep into pores and cleanses them of built up grime and toxins.

It’s pretty intense to have an electric device to use on your face, but when you think about it it’s not that crazy. In fact, it is incredibly gentle, and is not harsh whatsover.

Why You Should Own One

Do you have an electronic toothbrush?

If so, can you imagine going back and using a regular toothbrush night and day? It would be a lot different. Reason being is that the electronic toothbrush is much more effective at cleaning out our mouths than a manual one.

When using the Clarisonic Mia you’re going to notice a tremendous difference in how your skin feels and how it looks.

How it Works

The Clarisonic Mia brush works by having a rapidly rotating and vibrating head that contains soft bristles that work to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. With traditional face washing you’re not able to cleanse your skin of dirt and dead skin nearly as well as you would with the Clarisonic brush.

I personally own the Clarisonic Mia, and that’s what I recommend as it wouldn’t make sense to recommend something I don’t own. However, there are four different models of the Clarisonic brush, so do your research and find what’s best for you.

Honestly though, I think the Mia is your best bet. With other models, they have different “speeds”… like that’s going to do a lot more for your skin! (Sarcasm)

The Mia only has one speed, but that’s really all you should need. On top of that, the Mia is only $99 whereas other models can go for twice as much!

How to Use It

Here’s the step by step way to wash your face with the Clarisonic Mia:

  1. Start by running some warm water and splash a bit over your face.
  2. Next, take two pumps of a face wash (I recommend Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser) and gently spread it over your face.
  3. Third, run some warm water over your Clarisonic brush.
  4. Now you can bring the Mia to your face and start the device. It will run for a minute and in that time, you’ll want to slowly move it around your face to cover your whole face.
  5. Once the timer is complete, run the brush under some warm water while running it to clean it.
  6. Plug it back into the charger and allow it to dry.

Pro Tip: Make sure that you are gentle with this device. That means just letting it gently glide over your skin. There I no need to jam into your face, as that not only won’t be more effective, but will probably have detrimental effects.

The Clarisonic Mia is okay for daily use, but honestly I only use it once, maybe twice a week. Start with once a week and that add more frequency, but dial it back, if you notice your skin is not responding well.

Why Men Should Use It

Going all out with skincare is not something a lot of guys do, let alone admit to. Plus, the Clarisonic Mia is marketed mainly to women; that doesn’t mean you can’t use it though.

On the quest for better skin, you should stop at nothing to get there. Don’t be afraid of being judged for wanting your skin to look good.

Another great reason for guys to use this is that it is great for shaving. I don’t shave too often, but when I do I prefer to use the Clarisonic Mia. Seriously, I only shave a few times a week, if that, and when I do the Clarisonic brush is great for warming up the surface of my skin and my facial hair for a  closer, smoother, more comfortable shave that no shaving cream can replicate.

Who Should Not Use the Mia

Although this site is geared towards helping people get rid of acne, I would NOT recommend this product to people with moderate to severe acne. There are two reasons for this:

  1. One is that I believe there is a possibility of irritating acne with using the Mia. While it is gentle, I don’t think it’s a good idea for people with a lot of acne to use this.
  2. Another reason to avoid it is that it does cost $99, and if you’re suffering from acne I think that money is better spent on supplements like cod liver oil, zinc, apple cider vinegar etc.

Once you’ve eliminated most of your acne, then you can decide if the Mia is right for you.

Conclusion      

The Clarisonic Mia is a solid product that I am happy to have in my toolkit. As you may know, I’m not even a huge fan of traditional skin care regimens that include using over the counter products and devices like this, but I am gung-ho about the Mia.

The reality is our skin was not designed to be beautiful and glowing like you see in Hollywood. It wasn’t design to be covered in acne either, but when you see celebrities or models with great skin, not only are they using Photoshop, but they’re using the best products they can get their hands on (No, it’s not Proactiv).

Ready to take your skin to the next level?

Click here to purchase the Clarisonic Mia from Amazon!

If you have any comments or questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Why You Should See a Dermatologist

What do you do when you have a problem?

Personally, I like to take matters into my own hands. I’ll think about my experiences and do some research to come up with an answer. If I’m still stumped I’ll seek out family and friends.

And of course, when it comes to my skin, I like to handle things myself. I mean, I have my own website, so I should be able to handle myself.

Not quite.

You see, about two weeks ago, I noticed I had some redness and inflammation under my eyes. I shrugged it off at first and wanted to let it take its course to see where it went. Things started getting worse, so my first instinct was to use cortisone cream.

Of course, the cream worked. However, the problem with cortisone cream, like Benzoyl Peroxide, is that it doesn’t actually solve the underlying problem at hand. It’s simply a Band-Aid treatment to temporarily mask the physical manifestation on the face.

I quit the cortisone cream and it came back, worse than before. I was stumped. I had no clue what this was.

I went to see dermatologist and he told me that I had some eczema possibly be caused by allergies. He told me to take some allergy medicine and provided me with a topical cream. He also told me that cortisone cream should NEVER be used around the eye (You learn something new every day right?)

A few days later my eye was back to normal. Had I never gone to the doctor, I never would have been able to figure out what was wrong.

Lose The Ego

Some of you may have too much pride to see a dermatologist. You probably scour message boards and forums looking for the answer to your woes in the form of natural and holistic remedies, yet oftentimes that doesn’t come.

The reason why you should see a dermatologist is because they are experts, and know more about the skin than people online including me, by far! Sure, Western medicine has its flaws, but still knowledge is a valuable asset which dermatologists have a lot of when it comes to the skin.

If you’ve been suffering from acne for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a dermatologist. Perhaps their solution didn’t work out for you. Unfortunately that’s how things work sometimes, but at least you tried. At least you made the effort to expose yourself to a new set of ideas.

Yet, some of you may have never seen a dermatologist, or refuse to see one again. This I believe is a problem.

I really wish that we could cure our acne by just taking some over the counter medications and some heath foods, but that’s not how things work. Dermatologists have the skills and resources that we don’t and you should take advantage of that.

I know I may sound like some shill from the American Dermatological Association, but objectively I think it’s the right move. If you have been suffering from acne for some time now and haven’t seen a dermatologist yet, what are you waiting for?

photo: lexington dermatology

The Truth About Skincare Websites

A few weeks ago I decided to join the forums over at Acne.org. I thought I’d provide some thoughtful and helpful advice, and then if people like what I had to say they could click on the link in my signature, driving traffic to my blog. Everyone wins right?

Wrong.

Unfortunately, Acne.org does not allow any external links on their site. I received this message last weekend:

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I haven’t had problems with posting links to my blogs on other forums, so was a bit surprised when I got in “trouble”. It only seems natural that if I have a blog about helping people with acne, that I’d include it when posting on a forum about helping people with acne. I guess that’s not how things work at Acne.org.

It wasn’t that big of a deal though so I shrugged it off at first, but then I started to think about it more and asked myself: Why don’t they allow any external links on their site?

The answer is simple: It’s bad for business.

At Acne.org they have their regimen (which doesn’t even work) and they push their products like Benzoyl Peroxide hard to readers. If someone like me were to link to articles that contradicted their philosophy or linked to studies that said Benzoyl Peroxide may cause tumors, their profits would go down.

It’s All About the Benjamins Baby

The truth about skincare websites is that nearly all of them are out to make money. Beauty and skincare are huge money makers and they want to push products people regardless of their efficacy.

Do you have any idea how big the cosmetic industry is?

Here’s a glimpse:

The United States is the biggest cosmetic market in the world, with an estimated total revenue of about 54.89 billion U.S. dollars and employing about 53,619 people in 2012. The leading beauty cosmetic company in the United States in 2011 was Procter & Gamble, making up 14.2 percent of the market. Although dipping slightly, generating only 29.5 billion U.S. dollars in net sales as compared to 29.9 billion U.S. dollars the year before, the company continued to be the leading beauty cosmetic company during the 2012 fiscal year.

The cosmetic industry seems to be continuously developing, now more than ever with the advent of internet companies. About 7.2 billion U.S. dollars was generated by online shops and mail-order household sales in 2010. Cosmetic sales are estimated to continue to grow in both the United States and other global markets, as many consumers feel that beauty products help in achieving social and economic goals. (Statista)

Even sites that advocate for a more natural and holistic approach are no exception. Take the Love Vitamin; this is a fantastic site for skincare that I frequently visit. However, Tracy sells numerous books and even a boot camp for clear skin, as well as getting money from affiliate marketing.

My site is no exception to this rule either. While I don’t have any books or products to sell you, I do make affiliate marketing money off products I use, and do have consultations available for a small fee. But I’m upfront about it, as sites should be.

You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

It’s going to be nearly impossible to find a quality site that doesn’t have any financial incentives. The reason being is that if someone doesn’t make money from their website, then the content is probably not that great and they likely treat it as a hobby. On the other hand, if someone puts out great content on a regular basis, they’ve probably realized they can monetize their site and eventually do.

There’s nothing wrong with making money off of a website, but people should be honest and up front when they do it. The reason I’m so peeved at Acne.org is that they market their forum as a place that exists to help people fight acne, but only when it fits their existing paradigm.

So when looking for products or approaches to acne that help, go with someone who is honest and transparent with their work.

I have a YouTube channel so you can see my skin isn’t terrible.

I show you the products I use and whether or not they’re worth it.

I do everything I can to build respect and trust from readers. You should expect nothing less.

photo: luriandwilma

 

 

Growing Facial Hair With Acne

So I realized that I haven’t shaved for the last few days. My facial hair is starting to get itchy and scraggly. If you’re a guy you know how that is.

I thought above shaving it, but my sister reminded me it’s No Shave November. If you’re not familiar with No Shave November, this month men across America will be growing out their facial hair across the country to raise awareness for cancer. Those who have had cancer and have gone through chemotherapy lose their hair, so by growing out ours, it makes us more appreciate of what we do have.

I wanted to write an article about the benefits and drawbacks of growing facial hair with acne. I’ve heard people say that bears can cause acne to worsen, but I have yet to experience that. Let’s look at the pros and cons of growing facial hair with acne a little more in depth.

Pros

Facial Hair Covers Up Acne

The most obvious benefit of growing out facial hair is that it covers up your acne. Your beard will cover up acne on your chin and jaw line, which is where acne is often prevalent.

Another added benefit of covering up your acne is that it allows you to experiment with different routines, products, medicines, diets etc. while not having to worry about your breakouts. While this is by no means a long term solution, it is something to consider if you want to buy time for a few weeks, if not a few months.

No Razors, Bumps, and Chemicals

Shaving your face brings on a lot of unwanted drawbacks. Every time you shave, you drag a sharp razor across your face, often end up with razor burns and bumps, and put chemicals on your face that probably aren’t doing you any good.

As if having acne isn’t bad enough, having increased redness and inflammation is the last thing someone without acne needs.

Balances the Skin

Some people say that growing out facial hair causes break outs. This is apparently a result of increased sebum production. I definitely disagree with this idea.

In my experience, growing out facial hair seems to actually reduce breakouts and balance the skin’s ph. levels and oil production. When you’re constantly adding products and razors to your face, it throws the skin off balance. By going “Caveman” with your facial hair, everything can take its natural course.

Cons

It Doesn’t Always Look Good

Really, the only drawback I can think of is the aesthetic standpoint of facial hair for some. On many people, facial hair does simply not look good.

This is especially true for younger guys. Unfortunately, the people with the worse acne have the hardest time growing out facial hair. If you can only grow a few whiskers, then there’s no point in letting it grow out if you think it looks bad.

The Only Way to Know is to Take Action

While I think growing out facial hair is a good idea, others may have different results. Remember, we’re all different. Our bodies react differently to different stimuli, and therefore I can’t entirely predict what will happen.

However, if you don’t try you’ll never know. And it’s not like you have much to lose anyway with growing outa beard.

I would highly recommend giving this a try. Especially now as it is No Shave November. Plus a bear keeps your face warm.

If you give this a try, let me know how it goes. Good luck!

Don’t Let Acne Ruin Your Life

It’s time to wake up. Time to face the world again for another day.

You get out of bed and examine any new blemishes that appeared, or stare at that pimple that has finally surfaced. How wonderful!

It’s time to start your day.

You do everything you can to avoid people from seeing your skin. This means avoiding conversations and walking on certain sides of streets and hallways.

You start to count the hours until you can go back home int o the safety of your house, where you’ll be free from the preying eyes of others.

Once you return home, you go about your normal business until it’s time to do it all again the next day. And the day after that, for as many years as your plagued with acne.

My Experience

The words above are not fictional, they are my own. That was my life for about two years in high school when my acne was at its worst. It’s something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.

When I think back to it though, it wasn’t my acne holding me back, it was my mind. I didn’t need to change the way I interacted with people, rather I felt that I needed to change it solely because of my skin.

What You Should Do

It’s easy for people to say, “Don’t Let It Bother You,” but they probably don’t understand. You can’t ignore something that’s on your face, and it’s even harder to pretend that others don’t see it.

What I don’t like about people saying to ignore your acne, is that you need to accept that you have acne and do everything in your power to get rid of it; if you don’t have acne, then you won’t have anything to worry about. Therefore, your first step should be to check out the Quick Start Guide. If you follow that to T then you can expect clear skin in 6-8 weeks. That’s no guarantee, but it’s something that is very realistic.

However, because getting rid of acne is a process, I can’t expect you to sit idly by letting acne ruin your life while your skin takes time to clear. Since you’re doing everything possible physically to get rid of acne, we need to think about the mental aspect of it as well.

It’s All In Your Head

Like I said, pretending acne doesn’t exist is a pipe dream; you know it’s there no matter what you try to do. My belief is that you need to accept your acne, but continue to live your life in spite of it.

So take talking to a friend: I would often avert their eye contact, look down, and try to break off conversation as soon as possible. And that was with my friends!

Because I was so anxious my mind would immediately focus on my acne; it was an unconscious reaction. While I could pretend it’s not there, not only would that likely not work, but I would be so focused on my damn skin that I would forget about the person talking to me.

What you need to do is to say “Screw You Acne!” and go about living your life regardless of your skin. This means putting yourself in uncomfortable social situations and putting your face out there for the world to see.

This will be difficult at first, but over time, your mind will feel more at ease with you socializing with acne. The only way to get rid of a fear is to face it head on. You don’t pretend it doesn’t exist, rather, you persist in spite of its existence.

The Plan Of Attack

The best way to accomplish something like getting over a fear, is to have a plan of attack. So what I want you to do is write dwon a goal and plan of action for not letting acne ruin your life.

For example:

Goal: To be able to socialize with friends and strangers.

Plan: Have 3 meaningful conversations every day, and plan one social activity per weekend, for the next 10 weeks.

Remember: The most important thing is to take action. Without that, you will never change your life.

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to post them below.