January 31 2011
I usually let gimmicky beauty inventions pass me by: I have a boring but effective skincare routine and too much deviation can run the risk of a breakout, dryness or (like last month) an allergic reaction that left me having to explain why I appeared to be sunburnt in December.
But my one concession to the world of high-tech skincare is the Clarisonic – a vibrating skincare brush which I was introduced to by a charismatic sales assistant in the US beauty store Sephora, who assured me it would be just the thing for my hyper-sensitive skin. It’s backed up by some serious science – it was developed by the inventors of the Philips Sonicare toothbrush, and works in much the same way. The Clarisonic Plus (£179) gently vibrates at a speed of 300 movements per second, creating a motion that ousts make-up and dirt, and deep-cleanses pores when used with any regular cleanser. The makers claim that this technique is six times more effective at removing make-up than manual cleansing and – with prolonged use – can even soften wrinkles.
I can’t vouch for any wrinkle reduction, but since I started using it I have noticed that my creams and serums seem to be absorbed much faster (apparently the temporary boost in circulation allows them to penetrate more deeply into the epidermis), while my skin texture has improved and make-up seems to go on more smoothly. Another convert is Nicky Kinnaird (the founder of SpaceNK) who loves the gadget so much she is stocking it in the UK. It’s also available from Harrods, Selfridges and Clarisonic’s website.