Last winter, I reviewed Soniclear from Michael Todd USA, a sonic skin cleansing device. I liked it a lot, so when I was offered the opportunity to try out the new Soniclear Elite I jumped at the chance.
Like the first Soniclear, the Soniclear Elite comes with a cradle to charge the battery.
The brush head should be facing away from the front of the cradle. (When I got my first Soniclear, I tried to charge it backwards, lol, and needless to say, it didn’t work!). There are three little lights on the handle and when all three are lit up, it is fully charged. So far, I have only needed to charge my Soniclear Elite once, and it keeps going and going. Also, it seems to charge even more quickly than the original.
Soniclear Elite is a sonic powered skin cleansing system like the original. It is clinically proven to:
- reduce 99.9% of bacteria after 24 hours compared to an untreated control
- be up to 6 times more effective than cleansing with hands alone.
Importantly, using Soniclear Elite improves the absorption of skincare products because it cleans and exfoliates the skin so well.
It comes with two brush heads, one for face and a larger one for the body.
The brush heads vibrate but do not spin. Place the Soniclear Elite against your skin with a light hand and move the brush on your skin. I have a tendency to press too hard which is totally unnecessary, and I do the same thing with my electric toothbrush. Stop it, Allison! I divide my face into zones, and there is a buzzer that goes off to let me know when to move on to the next zone.
Unlike some other brands, Soniclear has a built-in antimicrobial system so that the brush heads stay cleaner and safer to use for longer. Just clean the brush heads with soap and water after every use, and you’re good to go for a full 6 months instead of 3 for other brands. To me, that’s a very big deal! I feel better about it and it saves me money.
Also like the original Soniclear, the Elite has 3 speeds that are controlled by the middle button on the front of the handle so you can control the speed that’s right for your skin. The unit comes with a detailed instruction manual if you need help with operating it, but it is a cinch to use.
C-Boost Collagen Technology
What makes the Soniclear Elite different from the original is the new C- Boost CollagenTechnology. C-Boost™ Collagen Technology has been shown in clinical trials over 8 weeks to improve:
- the appearance of fine lines by 84%
- skin firmness by 70%
- skin texture by 91%.
The top button on the handle with the C activates the collagen boost, and like the cleansing button, it can be regulated with the button in the middle to the speed that’s comfortable for you. I love the C-Boost because in addition to hopefully boosting my collagen formation (that I definitely need at this stage of the game), I find it very relaxing to use. It feels like a massage on my face, and it helps me relax and fall asleep more easily. That alone would be worth it for me!
I love the Soniclear Elite. I liked the original, but the C-Boost Technology takes this device to another realm for me!
Although Soniclear Elite is recommended for all skin types including sensitive skin, my only wish is that Michael Todd USA would come out with a “gentle” brush head with softer bristles for the face because I have such a heavy hand! Because I gouge the device into my face and that’s totally my fault, I can only use it a couple of times a week versus a couple of times a day! I’m working on lightening up my touch, but I seem incapable of it. 😯
Colors and Patterns and Purchase Info
Soniclear Elite comes in a variety of colors and patterns: Mint Dream, Cotton Candy, Island Girl, Hippie Chic. I have the traditional Michael Todd USA lavender and purple called Lavender Lust. The Soniclear Elite is priced at $149. Although it’s not inexpensive, it’s priced competitively with other brands, and I think it offers benefits that they don’t offer. It comes with a 5 year warranty. It’s available on the Michael Todd website, at Ulta and on Amazon. You can buy replacement heads and other accessories like a shower caddy that I truly need to pick up, each for $25.
Check out the Michael Todd USA website and take a look at the Soniclear Elite for yourself.
Have you tried the original Soniclear or the Elite? Do you use a sonic skin cleanser?