Before testing out the Clarisonic facial firming device, I’d experimented with lots of facial firming tools. If I’m being totally honest, I keep not one but two at my desk—they’re called ReFas, and makeup artist Val Garland turned me onto them (you can read all about them here if you’d like). You’ll catch me rolling one up and down my face and neck during the day, when I’m sitting at my computer—they’re silver wands with two little roll-y balls on the end—and they feel really, really good. You’d be surprised by the grip on those things.
So when I got Clarisonic’s new facial firming attachment to test out, I was charging it up before I’d even read the directions. It’s a rubbery triangular head, called the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift Firming Massage Head, that you can pop onto any Clarisonic Smart Profile. When I flipped mine on, the triangle started pulsing. I ran it over my cheekbones and jawline, and then my cheekbones again—it felt amazing, like a fancy facial massage. And I do think it’s made a difference in my skin. Each time I use it, my face looks a little glowier and my cheeks feel a little perkier—and that’s not just in my head. Neil Sadick, a dermatologist in New York City, told Allure that “mechanical stimulation can increase muscle contraction and give a temporary lifting effect that lasts for several hours.” Sweet.
But there is one catch. This Clarisonic facial firming device is loud—really, really loud—and it sounds like a vibrator. It’s super awkward when you have to run into your living room at 3 o’clock in the afternoon to swear to your roommate that you’re just testing beauty products in your room. It’s safe to say I won’t be using Clarisonic’s firming device at my desk anytime soon, but I do use it about once a week, especially before big events or whenever my skin needs a little radiance boost (it’s particularly good to depuff after a night of too much salty food…or red wine). And I’ll keep on using it in the name of preventing jowls (without fillers or surgery, that is)—I wouldn’t say I’m scared of jowls; it’s just that I’d prefer not to have them.
A version of this article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of Allure. To get your copy, head to newsstands or subscribe now.
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