Hi everyone! A couple of months ago my much-loved, extremely pink Clarisonic Mia suddenly died. It was a staple in my skincare routine. I’d had the sonic facial cleansing brush for at least nine years, and I guess eventually the rechargeable battery just gives up. Nothing can last forever I suppose. I was on the fence about repurchasing a new Clarisoinc for two reasons. The first was that when I looked into purchasing a new one at Sephora, I discovered they didn’t make the same Clarisonic Mia that I’d had anymore (the new Mia does not come with a stand for charging) plus there was also an entirely new model called the Mia Fit which was a completely different shape.
I was torn as to whether I should get another Mia or the smaller, more compact, round Mia Fit. The second reason I was hesitating was because the last couple of times I’d had a professional facial, the facialist commented that I was developing little broken capillaries and she was not happy when I told her I used the Clarisonic, which she believed was not gentle enough for my sensitive skin, even though I always purchased the Sensitive brush head. While I was debating getting another Clarisonic, I stumbled upon a whole other option…
When I was in Sephora in Halifax, I spotted the oddest looking display. Had Sephora begun selling “personal massagers”? Nope, the egg-shaped, vibrating silicone item was in fact the Foreo LUNA, a sonic cleansing and anti-aging tool. The very helpful SA generously took a great deal of time explaining to me how it worked and how it differed from the Clarisonic. Here is why I decided to buy the Foreo LUNA instead, and what I think of it compared to the Clarisonic.
The feature I liked most about the Foreo LUNA, was that its double-sided and dual-purpose. On one side is the silicone facial brush for cleansing. On the other side is the “anti-aging” surface which is a series of smoother “concentric silicone waves”. After cleansing and rinsing, you apply your serum or moisturizer and then press the button to switch speeds to the Anti-Aging Mode. The smoother, reverse side is for “enhancing the absorption of your favorite skin care products” essentially helping them penetrate and work more effectively. It also claims it “reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leaves the skin looking and feeling firmer and more elastic” apparently by stimulating the production of your skin’s collagen. I purchased my Clarisonic when I was in my 20s. The Clarisonic is great at deep cleansing and exfoliating, which was my primary concern then. A decade later, the anti-aging benefits of the Foreo LUNA were very appealing to me! 🙂
I also really liked that it was made of super hygienic silicone and would never require a replacement brush head. I would pick up a new Sensitive brush head for my Clarisonic every 3-6 months at $36 CAD a pop. The Foreo LUNA for Sensitive/Normal Skin also promised to be gentler. You can use it for 2 minutes, twice daily: One minute for cleansing, one minute on the anti-aging setting. Quick and easy, but would the LUNA actually deliver results and would I like it as much as the Clarisonic?
Foreo claims, “In just 3 days, the LUNA facial cleansing brush will bring you skin that appears visibly healthier and more radiant.” I initially thought – in 3 days? yeah right. But I can honestly say I noticed a difference in my skin within the first 2-3 days of using this. I have been using it for about 2 weeks now. The biggest difference I’ve noticed was a dramatic reduction in dryness. I am very dry around my nose and cheeks and struggled with flakiness and dry patches. The LUNA has completely changed that. I think there really is something to the second step and it actually does help your moisturizer penetrate and work more effectively. The other differences I’ve noticed is that my skin feels even smoother and softer than it did with the Clarisonic, and I think my skin looks much less pink after I’m done using the LUNA compared to the Clarisonic, which makes me think it is gentler. I also love how quick it is to use. The other pros are that it is so compact and light weight (making it more convenient to travel with than my Clarisonic) and its charge apparently lasts for months. I am really happy that I chose the LUNA.
The only downside to this type of device is the price. At $199.00 CAD the LUNA is an investment, however it is the exact same price as the Clarisonic Mia Fit. Like I mentioned, you have to buy replacement brush heads for the Clarisonic, but not for the LUNA, so the LUNA works out to be the more cost effective in the long-run. The LUNA came with a little authenticity card and if you go online you can register with the serial number for a 2-Year Limited Warranty and 10-Year Quality Guarantee. I’m hoping it lasts at least as long as my Clarisonic did.
What is your favourite way to cleanse your face? Do you think these fancy sonic tools are worth it? Let me know what you think and leave me a comment 🙂
Thanks so much for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤