11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your Clarisonic

Confession time: I am not the most devoted of Clarisonic fans. Not recently, anyway—after reading one too many stories about how bad overexfoliation is for our skin, my sensitive complexion and I kind of gave my Mia 2 the boot from our regular routine, leaving it to collect dust in an unpacked box from my move in November. I liked it while I was using it but hadn't fallen so head-over-heels that it was painful to part with. What I didn't realize was that I, like many others, ditched my Clarisonic for a misguided reason—because in fact, the device's signature scrubbing action is not actually exfoliation but a gentle oscillation safe enough to use twice a day. Oh. 

This is just one of the eye-opening facts I learned during a recent visit to Clarisonic's Seattle headquarters. From the nitty-gritties of the technology to countless insider tips for proper face-washing technique, I discovered the real reason why I felt so "meh" about my brush: I was using it wrong. And that's not all—by just using it to scrub away makeup, I was missing out on a handful of other nifty ways to use the device. 

I returned home with a wealth of knowledge and resolve, vowing to give my brush a new lease on life. And much like we get so much more out of an exercise when we use proper form, my skin is reaping all kinds of benefits in an impossibly short amount of time. So naturally, I thought I'd share the wealth.

Keep reading to see how to get the most out of your Clarisonic!

Which tip surprised you most? What's your favorite way to use your Clarisonic? Sound off below.