For months....I mean months, I have been trying to test and compare my Foreo Luna to my new(ish) Clarisonic Mia 1 that I got from Ulta a few months ago. My Foreo I actually first had the Luna Play that was a fail only because it didn't give you the 100 face washes it claims to have. Then I went to the Luna Mini which I liked but it was a bit to bulky and too small so it was weird to hold and then finally landed with the Luna 2 for Combination Skin. Which I used for over a year and loved it. I decided to try the Clarisonic just basically because of testing purposes to be honest. You definitely don't need both, but I feel better traveling with the Luna instead of the Clarisonic because it's smaller and doesn't take up much room.
Now as far as the Luna goes, I love it. It's easy to use, easy to clean, makes my skin feel so smooth and I can control the pressure because my hand is doing most of the pressing. With the Clarisonic, it's heavier so thus I find it can be very abrasive and almost painful if you aren't using the correct head for it. I recommend starting with a "Radiance" head and move up from there with the Clarisonic because going straight in with deep pore is kinda painful I find. So I started with the Radiance Head first. It was super soft and felt nice but I didn't feel like it really exfoliated and got in there like my Luna did and was actually disappointed. So I went to the Sensitive Head. This for some reason flat out hurts my skin. That's when I figured out that I had to control the pressure my self by not pressing hard at all on my skin. Then I went to the Deep Pore head one night, when I had a lot of texture and just really wanted to SCRUB my skin. By then I had learned to go in with a light hand first and apply more pressure as tolerated.
So as far as how they handle cleansers, I think the Luna does a better job. It lathers better and I feel like you can use less. When I use a Clarisonic it seems to take forever to get a lather of any kind going and I have to use more cleanser on it, it seems. When it does finally lather though it lathers a lot which I tend to like. It's easier like I said to clean the Luna rather than the Clarisonic. Which is where replacing the heads on the Clarisonic would be necessary.
I feel like as far as the exfoliation process, the Luna does a better job at getting into every curve of the face. The Clarisonic though, feels like it does a better job exfoliating all together though because it is more abrasive, more bristles, you can choose how abrasive you want it to be buy choosing different heads and that's what makes the difference is the head attachments for it. Which need to be changed out periodically I feel. If you have super sensitive skin I think you should go with the Luna Sensitive or Ultra Sensitive and not a Clarisonic of any sort. If you are used to exfoliation like for example: I do Microdermabrasion, peels, AHA's and so on. All things that are going to exfoliate the bejeezus out of your skin. So therefore I think it's easier for my skin to adjust to the Clarisonic and it not be too harsh after you learn how to use it. Also it provides a better exfoliation in my mind because it's abrasive enough to really compete with the other forms of exfoliation I already use. I feel like Normal skin that doesn't get irritated too easily could handle it well too. With the Radiance head maybe, MAYBE, sensitive skin could handle it.
I do not use a Clarisonic if I'm going to do my MicroDerm that night or an intense peel. I use my Luna. If my skin is staying really smooth and not getting too much texture I like to stick with the Luna because it's easier, however I can see where the Clarisonic is a better exfoliation and a deeper "cleanse" than the Luna and can be used every night, if you're skin handles it well. Basically there is no clear winner here. They both have their place, where I can find times when I'd choose one over the other. IF I had to choose though....I'd go with the Luna. It worked just fine and I don't really feel like the Clarisonic has made my skin any smoother than the Luna did. If you didn't use all the exfoliation that I use then yea I'd say get the Clarisonic if it suited your skin well. Due to my in depth skincare routine though I don't feel as if it's exactly necessary.
Still these are both really good they both have their pro's and con's. The good news is if you buy them from Ulta or Sephora and they don't work you can return them and get your money back because they are expensive.
The Luna 2 is $199
The Clarisonic Mia 1 is $129
So there is a $70 difference between the two. Of course you might be content with the Luna Mini which is $99. It's totally your call.
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