Monday, 21 October 2013
The brush cleanse phenomenon - step aside Clarisonic the Skin Physics Derma Sonic has arrived
Call me an upstart if you must but I am that girl that always roots for the underdog.
It sometimes bothers me when a product is held up on an ivory pedestal, untouchable, can do no wrong and it tickles me no end when someone comes out with a cheaper just as effective version.
Like my Maybelline Instant Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer that will never see me fork out for a Touche Eclat again.
What does that say about me? Anarchist? Socialist? Who cares.
Anyway I've held my Clarisonic Mia up on said pedestal along with the best of us. I HAD TO HAVE ONE. I treated myself to one for my birthday and had it shipped in from the jolly old US of A as at the time, the usual pricing discrepancies bullshit between Australia and the USA was rife.
Yes the Clarisonic is awesome.
Yes I love it.
Yes my clearer, refined pores rejoice and sing "Hallelujah Mia"
But yes it is just a brush cleanse apparatus.
The French have been brush cleansing for decades. In fact I first encountered brush cleansing in Beauty College. We had this archaic old machine we had to learn how to use. I loved the massage/deep pore cleanse it gave and always had my fellow students give me a good old fashioned brush cleansing when it was my turn in the facial chair.
This is back in the early noughties and no machine was to be found in a salon so I sought out similar. When I worked for Shiseido I discovered they did a manual version which I got, then The Body Shop started doing one and I also had a Boots one at some stage.
The Clarisonic was a shoe in it was always going to win me over. However it is pricey for being really just an over-sized leccie toothbrush, there is no denying it.
It was only a matter of time before a cheaper, more viable option buzzed along.
Enter stage left the Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush. Can it compare?
For starters the first key benefit of the Derma Sonic is the lower price point. At $119 you save yourself an honest $45 approx but are you compromising on form or function over the Clarisonic? Lets have a closer perv....
Clarisonic: There is no denying the Mia is cute (the aqua one above), compact, in pretty, bedazzling colour choices and with an ergonomic handle that is comfortable to handle and navigate your way around your face.
The Derma Sonic: is chunkier and bigger but still easy to handle. It comes in just the one standard white and red design. However you get one face head and also a replacement face head and a body head.
If I am to be honest I've not even used the body cleanse function. The very reason I went with a Mia over the traditional Clarisonic that also offers a body head. Maybe one day if battling a sudden onset of keratosis pilaris (bumpy upper arms) or Bacne I might whip it out or if I was having a very indulgent pamper session and wanted a really good body exfoliation but day to day I just can't be bothered.
Like the Clarisonic all heads also come with a breathable brush head cover so it can dry without becoming stinky.
The Derma Sonic has a charging pod it docks into. I really like this feature as it gives it a neat home, My Clarisonic tends to just get strewn on to the bench top and if there is one thing I hate is a cluttered bathroom benchtop.
On a battery life note - They both stay charged for ridiculously long times. I've charged my Derma Sonic once since the first charge in June. Crazy.
Pretty colours aside the Clarisonic also has a timer. At 60 seconds it will tell you you are done by a beeping. The Derma Sonic doesn't have a timer, they instruct you to count for 10 seconds on each cheek and 20 seconds on the other sections, which is useful for even the Clarisonic users among us.
It does however have four face speeds and two body speeds. I am not really loyal to any speeds and flick between them more for a scene change than anything or I go a little more hardcore on my chin where the skin is more thickened and congested. It is nice to have the option to have a hard hitting day or a more gently once over.for sure.
The clincher for me with the Derma Sonic is the brush head. You can see in the shot above the bristles are slightly longer, I find this means they sweep over the face more comfortably and don't drag as much as the Clarisonic does. It feels more massage like less abrasive. The skin seems to move better under the pressure and rotation of the longer Derma Sonic bristles so you seem to get more blood and lymph movement around the face. This makes for a tangibly more invigorating cleanse and the manipulation of the dermis in this way can only mean more fresh blood and oxygen is being pumped into the skin and waste drained away.
The key to a good glow as anybody who has had a fabulous facial massage can attest to.
Overall I can't think of any reason why I'd spend more on the Clarisonic over the Derma Sonic. Apart from being bedazzled by the pretty colour options, which often happens to me the superficial, materialistic hag that I am.
The pampered princess inside of me is also quite enjoying having a dedicated brush cleanse in the shower and one on the sink and not having to travel the 0.8 meters across bathroom tiles to fetch one from the other. Total first world problem and benefit I know.
Go the Derma Sonic underdog! But look out it seems there are more contenders in the lower ranks with Olay, Neutrogena and Proactiv now with cheaper alternatives.
Move over BB & CC creams, everyone is going to want a slice of the Facial Cleansing Brush pie. I suspect we are on the cusp of another "phenomenon" and brush cleansing is going to be the big thing in 2014. You heard it here first. Myold French Beauty Therapy examiner will be most pleased.
Do you brush cleanse?
Have you tried the Clarisonic and the Derma Sonic? Do you agree the differences are nominal?
2014 - The year of the Brush Cleanse? What you reckon? Or what will the next big thing be?
*Derma Sonic provided for consideration - socialist & anarchist attitude problems and opinons my own