With three speeds to choose from and a brush head that rotates 300 times per second, the Clarisonic Aria rules the high end of the skin brush market. Experts and users alike praise it for its gentle operation and how quickly it produces results, usually in the first week. It's rechargeable (USB or wall adapter) and accommodates up to six interchangeable brush heads (Est. $27 each) for various skin types.
Yes, it really works. The Clarisonic Aria's brush head rotates 300 times per second and offers three speeds -- but it's still gentle on your skin, and even the experts say it really works. This high-tech facial brush is a perennial top pick of editors, testers and dermatologists at beauty-oriented magazines like Health, InStyle and Shape, and a consistent favorite with user reviewers.
"My 13 year old uses it DAILY without prompting because she sees results," writes one Amazon.com reviewer, while others say that friends and acquaintances are quick to ask what they've been doing to make their skin look so good.
A gentle touch. Despite its high-speed rotation, the Clarisonic Aria draws consistent praise from experts and users for how gentle it feels on your face. It also comes with a nifty bundle of features: It's waterproof, rechargeable (USB or wall adapter) and has a color-coded indicator that tells you when it's time for a recharge. It also has interchangeable brush heads (Est. $27 each), so more than one person can share the same unit. It comes with the "sensitive" head, and there are five more to choose from. It also has a two-year warranty, as long as you buy it from an authorized seller.
1. Health Magazine
The editors of Health magazine and a panel of dermatologists test a wide variety of beauty products. They name the Clarisonic Aria their favorite "high-tech cleansing tool" and note that it works gently.
Review: Beauty Awards 2013: 11 Best Face Products, Holly Dawsey, Not Dated
InStyle magazine editors list top beauty picks based on input from industry experts. A brief description and usually an expert comment are provided for each product, but there's no head-to-head comparison and no comparative ratings are issued. We included the top picks from 2014 and 2013.
Review: Best Beauty Buys, Editors of InStyle magazine, As of May 2014
3. Shape magazine
SHAPE magazine names the Clarisonic Aria the best skin device of 2013. It's not entirely clear what sort of testing was conducted, but in previous years the products were evaluated by SHAPE staffers and readers.
Review: The 2013 SHAPE Beauty Awards, Editors of SHAPE magazine, Aug. 20, 2013
More than 110 users review the Clarisonic Aria at Sephora.com, giving it an impressive score of 4.9 stars out of 5. They say it gives their skin a nice glow and is good even for those who describe their skin as sensitive.
Review: Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing System, Contributors to Sephora.com, As of May 2014
The Clarisonic Aria is listed several times at Amazon.com. Although this particular model is no longer available at this listing, it has the most reviews -- more than 100, with an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. It's the identical product that appears in other listings that have fewer reviews.
Review: Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Kit, White, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014