Last week I shared my favorite skin care products with you like, cleanser, moisturizer, eyelash serum, etc. This week I wanted to share a few tools that are essential to my daily skincare routine. I've teamed up with Sephora to share 3 tools that are game changers in skincare - while they are running the 'Great Cleanse' campaign. If you shop at Sephora at all, you've probably seen the pink circular tool (Foreo 'Luna') at the entrance and maybe even touched the bristles?! Ha! I have more than once -and one time John was with me and he did, too! It is definitely an eye catcher! Anyway, I'll give you the low down on this product as well as the Clarisonic 'Smart Profile' Brush & the Clinique Cleansing Brush.
Before I begin, I have to say to those who are new to my blog, I have always struggled with acne & bad skin in general. My skin is/was crazy oily (the Clarisonic has improved that dramatically). As far as acne goes, in college, I got cysts in my cheeks (awful!!!) and I picked at them leaving my cheeks scarred and not good! I've tried chemical peels & microdermabrasion but those did not help! Finally, with a combination of products + a special treatment (I'll be sharing next month!), my skin is finally starting to improve. Of course, I still get a pimple from time to time - especially when I travel, but overall I've seen improvement.
I'll jump right in with my favorite out of these 3 products, the Clarisonic Smart Profile. I do own the Clarisonic Mia - which is a wonderful tool, yet the Smart Profile just feels more powerful & on top of that has a 'Turbo' setting. The Mia gets the skin 5x cleaner than your hands, whereas the Smart Profile gets the skin 11x cleaner. One perk of having the Smart Profile is that it comes with a body brush, as well as a stand to leave in your shower. Additionally, you can purchase the Pedi brush separately and it fits the tool, too, so you can use the Smart Profile literally from head to toe! :) Overall, the Smart Profile is much more 'fancy' all around, but holds its value in the way it cleans & exfoliates skin all over! This tool I use 4-5x per week - I can't use it 2x per day.
Next up is the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing brush. This tool is much much much more basic & simple, but it definitely has a place in almost anyones skin care routine. Unlike the Clarisonic, it simply just vibrates. This brush would be good for someone who has good, low maintenance skin but wants to keep it extra clean. Personally, I could use this 2x a day and it wouldn't dry out my skin at all like the Clarisonic. It is good for removing makeup & getting your skin extra clean - as opposed to wanting to keep your skin exfoliated. One thing I loved about the Clinique brush was the firmer, harsher green bristles at the tip of the brush - those are great for cleaning stubborn pores around the nose area!
Finally, is the LUNA Mini by Foreo. Honestly, I was skeptical of this little thing. Essentially it is a silicone tool with little pulsating touch points that unclog pores & remove dirt/makeup. Personally, I would not use this as a makeup removing technique, but I definitely recommend it for unclogging pores/blackheads/etc. The front side is for every type of skin, where as the back side is good for oily skin & the T-Zone area. When I use it, I focus on my nose, cheeks, forehead, & chin. This tool can be used nightly without drying out your skin which is a perk! This tool may not clean as deeply as the Clarisonic or the Clinique Brush, which is good for some people because it won't cause that initial purging / or won't irritate those with sensitive skin.
I know this is kind of lengthy, but I hope it helps those of you looking to amp up your skincare routine! Make sure to check out all of the cleansers & products that are a part of Sephora's 'Great Cleanse' Campaign.
Brought to you by Sephora.