The beauty industry insists we should dig even deeper into our pockets to buy electronic cleansing devices.
Some of these high tech scrubbers and exfoliating systems tout anti-aging benefits.
For our unscientific test of these products, we tried three devices that range in price from $25 to $99: The Clarisonic Mia cleanser, the Pro X by Olay cleansing system and the Neutrogena Microdermbrasion kit.
Skin NV in South Tampa introduced us to three of their clients. Jamie, Ashley and Karena agreed to try our products for two days each.
Ashley, a personal trainer, said this is a first for her. She liked the Pro X by Olay, which claims it "cleanses 6 x better than basic cleansing,” and the Clarisonic for the deep-clean feel.
But Jamie and Karena, author of the beauty and lifestyle blog Karousing, ranked the Pro X a distant second to the Clarisonic, which touts “softer and smoother skin.”
South Tampa Dermatologist Henry Wiley said a quality cleanser and wash cloth will clean just as well and he doubts the anti-aging claims.
Both Wiley and USF’s Dr. Neil Fenski warn these products may aggravate those with sensitive skin and certain conditions like acne.
And we received mixed reviews on the Neutrogena’s Microdermbrasion system, which claims to help with wrinkles, pores, age spots and firmness.
While Ashley and Jamie liked the exfoliating properties, Karena felt the product aggravated her sensitive skin.
And Dr. Wiley warns too much exfoliation can lead to damage if users don't slather on sunscreen.