Tested on animals:Yes
The Clarisonic Opal Infusion system consists of a battery-powered, hand-held device you use with the accompanying Anti-Aging Sea Serum to sonically infuse anti-wrinkle ingredients into skin around the eyes. Specifically, this device is meant to target crow’s feet around the eyes.
Consumer reviews for this product are mixed, with many women reporting no change and others swearing they see a difference. Here’s an account from a Paula’s Choice staff member who volunteered to put this device through its paces (the tester was using this system to reduce wrinkles around the eyes): “The system itself is compact and cleverly designed (think of a flat egg with a silver “crack” across the middle) with the serum stored in the top part of the egg and the bottom portion of the egg containing the “sonic” applicator. Following the instructions, I pressed a button on the side which dispensed a pre-measured pea-sized amount of serum on the applicator. I switched the applicator on, which started the vibrating motion and pressed it against the “crow’s feet” area of my face, rotating the applicator in a circular motion.
The feeling was a bit odd; for those of you who have used a Sonicare toothbrush it was the same strange tickling feeling except on your skin—not in your mouth! After 30 seconds the applicator beeped and shut off, automatically. Once it was ready to go again, I repeated the steps around my other eye. After 60 seconds, as promised, I was done! Easy enough!
I closely examined the skin around my eye area. Nothing had changed—I looked exactly the same just a little greasy due to the residual serum (which by the way is very nice, goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly.)
Next morning I found myself in the bathroom using the Opal Sonic Infusion as instructed. Before I started, I was surprised to see that the fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes actually looked better! I couldn’t believe it! With great enthusiasm I applied the serum with the special powered applicator again. But my enthusiasm was short lived when I noticed later in the day my fine lines and wrinkles were as before. I stuck to the plan and used the Opal Sonic Infusion that night. Once again, I saw the same impressive results the next morning. This pattern continued for several weeks—elation in the morning, disappointment by the end of the day.
I wondered how this could be. Why do my crow’s feet look better in the morning, yet go back to their normal state in the evening even though I use the Clarisonic Opal in the morning and evening? I came up with a theory as to why I was experiencing daily ecstasy and agony over my crow’s feet: Was the constant vibrating of the Clarisonic applicator slightly irritating my skin, causing it to swell, thus making my wrinkles look less pronounced? By the end of the day the inflammation calmed down, which would explain why 8-10 hours later my crow’s feet returned to their normal state. If my theory was true, could the inflammation the Opal Sonic Infusion was potentially causing eventually result in my crow’s feet getting worse over time?
Eventually, I stopped using the product but my attention was still completely focused on my eye area. Day one, two and three: no change; however, on day four I did see a change. My eye area looked worse. I didn’t see more crow’s feet but those I have looked deeper and more pronounced. Nothing got better after 3 months of using this system every day—the wrinkles got worse.”
Your experience may differ, but we suspect that the staffer’s theory is correct, and that the improvement one may see from this system is due to inflammation from the vibration and pressure applied while using Clarisonic Opal. We cannot enthusiastically recommend this device, and without question it’s quite an investment. In the end, most will find greater results putting their money toward cosmetic dermatology procedures such as Botox or dermal fillers artfully injected around the eyes. These are not long-term solution and they need to be repeated, but the results, when done correctly, will be much more impressive than this underwhelming system.