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Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion — Sonic Youth At Your Fingertips

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Unlike Clarisonic‘s previous offerings (the Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System, the Clarisonic Plus, and the travel-sized Clarisonic Mia), the Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion isn’t vying to deliver de-clogging pore action and an overall deep cleansing experience. Instead, this oval-shaped device (which is only slightly larger than palm-size) represents the brand’s foray into the realm of anti-aging products, as it infuses an antioxidant-rich serum into the outer layers of the skin around the eye area, all the while using the brand’s customary sonic technology. The Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion, then, seeks to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle in the under-eye area and along the outer corners, where crow’s feet tend to surface, by delivering a marine-derived serum that soothes and hydrates skin and making sure it penetrates the skin via a gentle massaging action.

Here’s how it works: the flat, oval-shaped device features a removable cap (which you can literally snap off) and, along the bottom of the cap, you’ll notice a tiny pyramid-shaped nozzle. This nozzle dispenses the serum you’ll need to treat the skin around your eyes. If you look at the flat, top ridge along the bottom section of the Opal, meanwhile, you’ll notice a round perforation — this is the applicator tip. What you need to do is align the nozzle on the dispenser cap with this applicator tip and press the button along the front of the dispenser cap so that you’ll deliver the desired amount of serum into the applicator tip (you only need to press the button 2-3 times to get the necessary amount). Once the serum has been deposited into the applicator tip, all you need to do is grab the Sonic Infuser (the bottom section of the Opal), place teh applicator tip flat against the skin area you’re treating, and press the power button along the side of the Sonic Infuser. Once you’ve pressed the button once, you can release it, and the Sonic Infuser will start vibrating. You then want to gently trace the area underneath your eye (the rim of the bone area) using small circular movements. The Sonic Infuser will shut down after 30 seconds, which should be plenty of time to treat one entire eye. Once you’ve completed this action, you once again need to refill the infuser with serum and repeat the process for the next eye.

Within only a few weeks of use, I’ve really grown fond of this product. Some people report seeing a difference in the appearance of fine lines immediately after their first use, and I can’t say that was the case with me, but I did start seeing results after about 3-4 days (and I was using it twice daily). It takes a few sessions with the Opal to get used to the vibrations — especially given that the area you’ll be treating is so very sensitive. The massaging action is very gentle (and, if you press the applicator tip too hard, the Sonic Infuser will automatically turn off, which is a very handy feature) but, since it’s not a particularly familiar sensation, you simply have to become accustomed to it. I compare it to using a battery-powered oscillating toothbrush in that sense — the first few tries might be a bit bumpy since the sensation is so new but, once you’ve integrated it into your routine, you can’t imagine going back.

So what’s in the serum? Developed by Dr. Robb Akridge, the paraben-free Anti-Aging Sea Serum features: hydrating ingredients like marine-derived collagen, trehalose (a complex sugar derived from desert plants), and prickly pear extract; firming agents like marine-derived elastin, African sausage tree fruit extract, and marine-derived glycosaminoglycans; and antioxidant-rich ingredients like Canadian willowherb, oat kernel extract, and marine peptides.

A few things to note, however: this is not a product you can just “figure out” without reading the owner’s manual, so don’t try to freestyle it. Read the instructions, ladies! Second, as with most Clarisonic products, you should charge the Opal for 24 hours before your first session. Third, and this is a big one, if you suffer from sinus problems and headaches, I’d suggest being careful when using this product since the vibrating action could exacerbate the problem (I used this when my sinuses were acting up and it led to a massive sinus headache but, once my sinuses had cleared up, I was good to go).

One of the things I most love about this product is how quickly you start seeing results — in a world where instant gratification is the ruling M.O., it’s refreshing to find a product that appeals to our impatient sensibilities. That being said, personally, I’ll be accompanying my Opal routine with an eye cream that works at a cellular level to repair existing damage (such as Estée Lauder’s Time Zone Anti-Line/Wrinkle Eye Cream).

Want to learn more abut the Clarisonic Opal? Check out the video before, where I demonstrate how to use this great product!

Clarisonic Opal Sonic Sonic Infusion System, $245. Available at Clarisonic.com and at Sephora.com



**This piece is based on testing of a product sample submitted for editorial review purposes.

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