To Clarisonic Or Not To Clarisonic

contributed by Style Expert- Julia Blythe

In college, my standard skin regimen consisted of cleanser, toner, exfoliator (a few times a week), and moisturizer with spf. Then I turned 20-something and realized that my eyes were being taken over by a web of lines and so eye cream was added to the mix. This generally works for me (except during my once a month breakout week) so when the hype over Clarisonic brushes seemed to be all around me, I was annoyed and avoidant.

Could a self rotating, super soft, facial brush really make a difference? My friends and the media said yes. But at between $119 and $225 (depending on the model), no one could convince me to make this splurge and the deal hunter within me sought alternatives:

Olay Pro X Advanced Cleansing system

These are in drugstores everywhere and are so much cheaper than the clarisonic. Reviews claim that it walks the line of effective and gentle.

Price: $32.99

Dermalogica Deluxe Facial Brush

This brush has gentle bristles that won’t scratch your skin but it doesn’t rotate. Being that it’s from a trusted skincare brand, it must deliver.

Price: $17.50

Wooden Face Brush

I, for one, love the Japanese style wooden brushes for my body and use them daily to exfoliate any rough areas. For my face, I think it could be a bit rough but at this price point, I could be swayed to take the bait.
Price: from Platinum Skin Care at $5.95


Maybe I’m old school but since you probably already own a few (therefore putting them in the “free” category) and they’ve probably sloughed away many a dead skin cell before, these might suffice.
Price: free

Your Hands

Perhaps you aren’t able to deep clean as effectively  as you would with the fancy apparatuses above but if these puppies have worked for you all along, why spend the extra change?
Price: free



Julia Blythe is the Art Department Coordinator for 3 ABC Family Television shows including “Switched at Birth,” “Jane By Design,” and “Make It or Break It,” with her first art department gig on HBO’s “Big Love.” Known for her funky fashion choices, she works her eclectic magic by styling both on-screen rooms and personal wardrobes. To Julia, it’s all about individual pieces (be it from thrift stores or couture showrooms) that form the whole, and inspiration.


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