Dermatologists, beauty editors, and celebrities alike swear by the Clarisonic
cleansing brush! However, when Clarisonic cofounder Dr. Robb Akridge met
with PopSugar writer Jessica Cruel she discovered something horriyfing...she'd
been missing some crucial steps in her daily Clarisonic routine!
Cleanse more effectively, check out her tips from Clarisonic cofounder
Dr. Robb Akridge:
1) You're not using enough face wash. The first time you use your brush
Dr. Robb recommends filling the entire inner circle with cleanser (about
a quarter-sized amount). Then, you can adjust accordingly for your skin type.
2) You're not using enough water. Just like your toothbrush, you need
to thoroughly soak your Clarisonic in water to get the ultimate pore-cleaning action.
3) You're sharing your brush head with your boyfriend. First of all
— ew. Just no. Even though the Clarisonic doesn't harbor bacteria,
you would be swapping genetic material in an entirely new way. Just get
him his own brush head. If he's already done the deed, soak your brush
head in rubbing alcohol for a few seconds.
4) You don't fine-tune your brush head. As an extra step you can remove
the outer ring of the Clarisonic brush head and use the inner circle in
that tight crevice around the nose. Just beware of extra splashing!
5) You don't clean it with shampoo. Dr. Robb recommends cleansing
the Clarisonic after every use with a bit of shampoo to keep the bristles
clear of residue and oil.
6) You stopped using it because of a breakout. Transient acne is a potential
side effect for first-time Clarisonic users. The stimulation of the skin
can cause bacteria to rise to the surface in the form of a pimple. The
solution: Scale back your use to once a day, but keep with it. Things
should clear up after about two weeks of continual use.
7) You don't clean under the brush head. Once a month remove your
brush head and cleanse the well below with soap and water to keep everything
8) You use your Clarisonic with an exfoliating cleanser. Double the exfoliation
is not a good thing in this case. Avoid any cleansers with microbeads
or rough particles.
9) You don't replace your brushes every three months. Dr. Robb says
it isn't the bacteria you need to get rid of, it's more about
the efficiency of the machine. Over time the bristles begin to clump together,
so a replacement is required!
10) You don't restart the cycle for your neck and décolletage.
Go ahead and push that button again to give your neck and collarbone a
good antiaging scrub.
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