I have been looking at the various cleansing tools for face and body for a couple of years now trying to decide whether to make the investment. My skin is sensitive and dry. I was concerned that a cleansing tool might be too much for my skin.
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to receive the Michael Todd Soniclear Antimicrobial Cleansing System to try out and review.
How to Use the Soniclear
The system comes with the handle, a charging stand and power cord, and two soft brush heads: a smaller one for the face and a larger one for the body.
Before using the Soniclear for the first time, it is necessary to charge the handle for 24 hours. When I received the Soniclear, I was so excited. I quickly paged through the instruction manual, plugged in the charger, put the handle in the charger the same way I charge my electric toothbrush – with the brush facing front, and I went away for a day. I came back and I couldn’t understand why the Soniclear wasn’t working. I finally ended up emailing the PR folks and one of the women emailed me back that I had placed the handle in the charger BACKWARDS! The correct way to charge the Soniclear is with the 3 vertical lights facing outwards toward the front of the charger and the brush facing away. When the 3 vertical lights all light up, it’s fully charged. A full charge gives 35 minutes of use which I think is great. I can put the charger away for at least a couple of weeks before I need a new charge. The charge indicator flashes 10 times when it’s time to recharge the handle. And recharging takes less time than the original charge: only 8-12 hours.
The device arrived with the face brush head already attached. Changing, removing or adding the brush heads is a cinch. Basically, just twist the plastic cover and it goes on or comes off quite easily.
Never having used a sonic facial cleansing tool before, I didn’t realize that the brush head doesn’t spin. Sheesh, what a novice I was! Again, my sonic toothbrush wiggles back and forth and another toothbrush brand does have a spinning brush head. When you turn on the Soniclear, it vibrates slightly as you move it slowly around your skin.
To use it to cleanse my face, I wet my face, apply one of my regular cleansers, turn the Soniclear on via the lower purple button on the front of the handle underneath the brush head. The upper purple button with the two arrows controls the speed.
There are 3 speeds and with my sensitive skin, I use the lowest speed in which the bottom light only lights up. The Soniclear has a built-in timer that beeps every 20 seconds letting you know when it’s time to move to a different area of your face. I do left side, right side and forehead. After 60 seconds, it shuts off. If you like, you can turn it back on and go through the process as many times as you like. For me, a minute seems to be long enough. Similarly, there are 3 speeds that are synched to the body brush head, and the device knows which head you’re using. Instead of one minute for the face, the device stays on for 3 minutes for the body. I definitely reset it after that since 3 minutes wasn’t enough time. Also, you can shut it off before the 3 minutes is up which I did so I could apply cleanser to a different body part.
What makes the Michael Todd Soniclear different from other sonic cleansers is that the brush heads have antimicrobial protection that lasts for about 3 months. Nevertheless, the directions say that it is important to clean the brush head with soapy water after each use. Still, I feel better knowing that there’s less of a chance for things to be growing on my brush with the Soniclear device.
So far, so great! I am really enjoying using the Soniclear. Because my skin is so dry, I use it on my face usually once a day or once every other day if my skin is extra sensitive. I use the Hydrating Cream Cleanser from Hada Labo Tokyo when I use the Soniclear. Michael Todd also has some cleansers that I’m eager to try: Charcoal Detox Cleanser, Cleanse and Tone Facial Cleanser and the Honey and Oats Cleanser. There are body wash products as well.
As I mentioned earlier, I use the gentlest setting. It feels good to use it, meaning it’s actually relaxing to use it. It’s like a mini-facial. Plus it’s great to get a deeper cleaning and exfoliation when I cleanse. Importantly, because it takes off the dead skin cells, it promotes better absorption of my skincare products.
I’ve only used the Soniclear in the shower once, but I’ll try it again. My issue is that I need to devise a place to put it when I’m not holding it. I need to get one of those wire baskets that I can stick onto the shower wall. I have a patch of dry skin under my right shoulder blade and I’d love to try it there. Reaching it with the device, however, is a problem. I may have to buy the Bodybrush Extension Handle for $25. I am hoping that the Soniclear will help exfoliate my bone dry skin, so I definitely will keep using it.
At $149, the Michael Todd Soniclear is an investment. The replacement brush heads are $25 each. There is also a travel case for those who wish to bring it along when traveling. When I think that a salon facial is about $200 a pop, the very sturdy and well-made Soniclear is a worthwhile tool to add to one’s personal care treasure trove of goodies.
The Soniclear is sold on the Michael Todd website where you can get 20% off your first purchase by signing up for emails. It’s also sold on Amazon.