If you are a skincare fanatic, you are familiar with morning and evening cleansing.

No, you don’t always feel like it but you do it religiously.

You do it because you know the benefits of a good skincare routine.

If you faithfully follow a daily routine and are looking for ways to make it faster and more efficient, this post is for you.

In this comprehensive review, we introduce you to the Clarisonic Mia 3. We tell you how it works and what benefits you get from it. We also tell you a bit about some similar products and what makes the Mia 3 unique.

What is Clarisonic Mia 3?

We have always used our hands to rub products into our skin. What if I told you there is a faster and more efficient way to do it? The Clarisonic Mia.

It is an electric cleansing brush which gives your skin a thorough yet gentle wash. Experts say it cleanses 6 times better than when you use your hands.

The Clarisonic Mia 3 is the third product in a series of Clarisonic devices. Its predecessors are the Clarisonic Mia and Clarisonic Mia 2.

How Does Clarisonic Mia 3 Work?

It works more or less like an electric toothbrush. All you need to do is put some cleansing product on your face or apply it on the brush head. Place the bristles gently over your skin and let it go to work.

It moves back and forth about 300 times per second. Note that it moves back and forth and doesn’t rotate. This effectively removes dirt and unblocks pores.

Clogged pores are behind common skin problems like whiteheads, blackheads and acne.

How long?

Now you are probably wondering how long you should have it on your skin. Well, experts advise about 20 seconds across the forehead and 20 seconds along your nose and chin. 10 seconds are sufficient for each cheek.

Leaving it on longer will likely leave you skin red and sore.

Did you notice that came to a total of 60 seconds? Yes, your skin cleansing routine can take as little as 1 minute.

The device comes with a rechargeable battery and is 100% waterproof. You can use it in the shower without worrying about damaging it.

What are the Benefits of Using Clarisonic Mia 3?

Skincare products like washes and cleansers are not cheap. You want to make sure all those beneficial active ingredients find their way into the lower layers of your skin. Thoroughly cleansed skin absorbs products well because the pores are no longer clogged.

It also prevents puffiness around the eyes and slows the appearance of crow’s feet. With optimal absorption of nutrients from your skincare products, elasticity is improved. This helps to delay the appearance of wrinkles.

If you wear makeup, you know how important it is to wash it off properly. The deep cleanse you get from Clarisonics ensures that even long-wearing makeup is completely washed off. You never have to deal with breakouts caused by makeup.

What is the Difference between Clarisonic Mia 3 and Clarisonic Aria?

These are two names used to refer to the same device.  It is the three-speed Clarisonic device.

Clarisonic Mia 3 deviceThe very first Clarisonic Mia device in the market went by the basic name Clarisonic Mia. An upgraded version was named Clarisonic Mia 2. A further upgraded version, was originally marketed as Clarisonic Aria. Later this same product was renamed Clarisonic Mia 3.

Users and dealers use these names interchangeably.

Mia 2 vs Mia 3: What’s the difference?

So what is the difference between the two?

i) Speeds

Clarisonic Mia 3 brush and other beauty productsThe first and arguably most outstanding difference is in the speeds in each device. Varied speeds cater for different skin types and cleansing needs.

The Mia 3 has 3 speeds while the Mia 2 has 2 speeds. In the Mia 3, speed 1 which is labeled ‘Delicate’ is for a gentle wash. Speed 2 (Universal) is for regular everyday cleansing. Speed 3 (Powerful) is for those rare days when you need really thorough cleansing.

ii) Charging and drying

Unlike the Mia 2, the Mia 3 comes with a charging and drying stand.

This way you can charge and dry it at the same time. This is a USB enabled p-Link charger which magnetically attaches to the device. It can be plugged into the wall or charged using a laptop.

iii) Battery Life

Inserting battery in a Clarisonic Mia 3How long can you use it before it has to be charged again? The Mia 3 has a battery life of 30 minutes. Assuming each use is about 1 minute long, this translates to 30 uses.

With the Mia 2, you have 20 minutes of battery life. This comes to about 20 uses.

iv) Cost

As expected, the more advanced device costs more. Prices for each may differ slightly depending on where in the world you are and the dealer you buy from.

Bottom line: Always expect to dig a little deeper into your pocket to get your hands on a Clarisonic Mia 3.

Other notable differences include a Protective Travel Case which only the Mia 2 has. If you are keen on the design you will notice that Mia 3 is short, wide with a textured finish. Its ‘sibling’ is taller, slimmer with a glossy finish.

Where to Buy a Clarisonic Mia 3

If you are looking to buy a Clarisonic Mia 2 or 3 right now, it will probably be more difficult than it was a year ago. In fact, you may not be able to find one at all.

In the summer of 2020, Clarisonic announced that they will be shutting down in September of the same year. This means these 2 Clarisonic models are no longer in the market. If you are lucky to find one at a store, it is likely from old stock. Buy it and ran!

Prior to this, you could purchase these devices from Clarisonic, on Amazon or other authorized dealers. Each would set you back about $200.

You can also find used devices up for sale on sites such as e-bay.

Does Mia 3 Work?

Is all the hype about Mia 3 worth it? Does it really work?

Woman using the Clarisonic Mia 3 The answer is an emphatic ‘Yes’.  It really does. According to Clarisonic, 94% of users say their skin feels softer and 90% say their skin looks more radiant.

Users say more or less the same thing. Regular use leaves your skin radiant and it absorbs product better. Take a look at some positive customer reviews here and here

To further test its efficiency, some users have tried cleansing their face with their hands and following that with a Clarisonic Mia 3 cleanse. The result? The brush still comes out with some dirt.

Mia Fit vs Mia 3

Improvements and advancements did not stop at the Mia 3. After that they went on to produce the Mia Fit. This slightly more advanced device has 2-speed settings (Normal and Power Cleanse).The Mia 3 has 3-speed settings.

Both have USB enabled chargers so you can plug into the wall or use a laptop. The Mia 3’s stand is replaced by a wider charging base referred to as a ‘charging cradle’

In terms of design, there is a stark difference. The Mia 3 looks quite similar to its two predecessors. It has a handle that you grip when using it.

The Mia Fit’s shape resembles a little cup. It has no handle as such. You have to hold the bottom when using it.


There is no debate about it. Cleansing is a crucial part of any skincare routine. We have always thought that a quality cleanser is all you need to do the trick.

The Clarisonic Mia 3 takes cleansing to a whole new level.

Apart from thorough cleansing, it is designed with subtle conveniences (or potential inconveniences) in mind. You don’t have to worry about having a power source because it can be charged on a laptop. Its battery life also means you can use it every day for more than a week before charging.


How do you charge the Clarisonic Mia?

Mia and Mia 2 come with a power cable. You charge it by connecting it to the wall. Mia 3 and Fit come with a USB enabled cable. You can connect it to a wall or charge it using a computer.

Can I replace my Clarisonic Mia 3 charger?

Yes, you can. If you lose your charger, you don’t have to buy the entire kit just for a charger.

Can Men Use Clarisonic Mia?

Yes. The Clarisonic Mia men is designed for men’s thick resilient skin. It serves to cleanse as well as clear out build ups for a closer, smooth shave.

What colors does Mia 3 come in?

It comes in 3 colors: white, pink and black

Can you use the Clarisonic Aria on your body?

Yes you can. However, many users prefer to keep the Clarisonic Aria to the face and neck. For the rest of the body, the Clarisonic Body Brush is recommended.

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