I’ve been enviously surfing that darned Sephora site again, and I’ve had my eye on deep cleansing gadget called The Clarisonic for ages, hoping that someone would snap it up for the UK market. Funnily enough, it’s the brainchild of the same person who invented the Sonicare toothbrush. Clarisonic uses sonic micro-massage to remove up to six times the level of make up and grime that ordinary cleansers would manage to whisk away. Interestingly, it’s now recommended by dermatologists (I know US facialist Kate Somerville uses it at her salon) to tackle all sorts of skin conditions, including sensitivity, dry patches, rosacea and oily patches, as well as shaving rash. Because the brush and the sonic activity combined really get pores well and truly clean, it has the knock on effect of helping your regular beauty products work more effectively (The blurb says that Vitamin C absorbs 61% more easily after using Clarisonic, but that’s not quite the same as half a pint of Olay). If you think about how sonic science has changed the way we clean our teeth, it’s not a great leap to see how the technology can be adapted for more effective skin cleansing. I haven’t actually tried it yet, but have put in a request so I can give a detailed lowdown on whether it lives up to the huge hype it’s caused in the States. It’s not a budget buy, either, at £150, but if it’s upping the efficacy and absorption of your regular products and clearing up skin complaints, then it sounds like a great buy. Apparantly, Courteney Cox, Jessica Alba and Paris Hilton are all users, and our own Pixie Lott is doing a pre-launch trial. Find it at www.spacenk.co.uk from October.
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