Sometimes I wonder when cleansing became a little more complicated. It used to involve just the cleanser and our hands. I remember my mom used to have a face cloth and sometimes she also used disposable sponges. Even until now, it has become a habit that she uses a cloth to clean her face. We however, have all these technology to help us. There’s the Clarisonic, and then the Foreo Luna thingy which I haven’t used before, and a while back, Clinique launched their Sonic System (RM368), which reminds me of a basic Clarisonic.
Basically, the brush head can be replaced, and there’s a button to turn on the device. With a brush head attached, and the device on, it is used to clean the face with a cleanser. You will feel that the brush vibrates, gently cleaning the face while we move it around our forehead, down the nose, chin and then our cheeks. One press of a button will allow you 30 seconds of cleansing. If you want more, just press it again.
For cleansing, I use the purifying cleansing brush (RM97) which has 2 parts. The white hair is softer while the green hair a little harsher, meant for T-zone. It removes impurities very well, and it’s supposed to be able to deep cleanse for clearer looking pores. The device is also waterproof, so it can be used in shower. The whole system comes with the cleansing brush, a charging base with USB plug, purifying cleansing brush head and a brush cover. If your skin is sensitive, then, I suggest doing it slowly, on alternate days first. I always use the brush head wet to avoid skin irritation. I also try to use heavier / thicker cleansers that lather well, so it acts as a slight barrier between the brush and my skin. I especially like the Clinique Foaming sonic facial soap 150ml which is created for sonic cleansing. It is frothy and the lather is very rich. It doesn’t dry out my skin at all, which is a bonus. I tried using it without the sonic brush, and the cleanser works just as well! By the way, if you’re too eager with cleaning the face with this brush, your skin might react by being red, or itchy, or some people flake and then others break out. So take it slow!
The brush head is meant to be replaced every 3 months if you use it regularly. I like that I don’t have to charge this device regularly. When it is fully charged, it can operate for up to 180 minutes without recharging, which means it is perfect for travel. There is also another brush head which is called the Sonic system massaging treatment applicator. It is all metal, and is supposed to help boost micro circulation to create a rosy glow. It is designed to be used together with Clinique’s Sculptwear skincare – the mask and the serum.
Clinique Sculptwear Lift and Contour serum for face and neck is fragrance free, does not feel slippery or full of silicones but is smooth and lightweight. I usually use 3 pumps of product for my face and neck, and the massaging treatment applicator to massage the product in. I find that if I use less product, the applicator drags my skin around, and I don’t like that. If I apply it using my hands, I only use 1 pump for my face, and another for my neck. The serum is supposed to give cheeks and jawline more definition, but I couldn’t see that. First of all, I have been losing weight, and my face is looking slimmer, hence, revealing more definition. Another thing is, I probably don’t have sagging skin to see any difference, and that’s a happy problem, eh?
The Clinique Sculptwear Contouring Massage Cream Mask is also fragrance free and is a very rich creamy mask. I thought it would be too creamy for me, hence greasy, but I was wrong. I apply it, leave it on for 10 minutes then tissue off. Any residue is supposed to be massaged into the skin, but I might have been too thorough in removing the mask because there wasn’t any residue. I tried the next few times, and the same thing happened. So, I just apply the serum and moisturizer after this mask. For maximum results, use 3 times a week.
To be honest, I have passed the serum and mask to my mom who probably need it more than I do. It’s been a couple of weeks, and while she hasn’t seen any results (too soon, really!), she is loving the texture. She doesn’t like funky smell, so she loves that these products are scentless.
Do you use sculpting products? Do you use any device for cleansing?