I place a cotton pad in the slot, close the device and pour some toner on the cotton pad. There is a white "Power" button that turns it on and has 4 intensity settings controlled by the gray button - from level 1 to 4, where 4 is the highest intensity. I use level 4 as I find level 1 doesn't clean as well. It has two metal plates that my hand has to make contact with when using the device, they're located on the sides. Then in slow, circular motion, I move it around my entire face. I tend to concentrate it around my nose. After 3 minutes, the device auto-shuts off. During the whole process of face cleansing, the device makes no sound to indicate it's doing its job. The device makes beeping noises to let you know 3 mins is up.
It uses 2 AAA batteries. It doesn't have the "hi-tech" packaging look. It's very light-weighted. Mine came in a box but I've seen ones that are sold in plastic cover. Mine is pink but Hitachi also makes them in white and brown. The online shop I bought it from, Cosme-de.com, only sells it in pink. Sadly the packaging of the box and the instruction manual are all in Japanese. Some English in there would have helped a lot.
$70.20 USD (After 10% PayPal member discount; usually $78 USD @Cosme-de.com)
Thoughts / Results:
With or without using my Clarisonic Classic and a facial cleanser, before using this Hitachi Ion Cleansing Machine, I find a noticeable amount of debris/dirt on my cotton pad. There's less dirt on the cotton pad after using my Clarisonic but visibly some debris on there. I still haven't grasp the idea why Hitachi had to make 4 different intensity levels, since I find level 4 seems to be the best at deep cleansing, but I'll figure that out someday.
|Clarisonic Classic + facial cleanser + Hitachi Face Crie Ion Cleansing Machine|
|Facial cleanser + Hitachi Face Crie Ion Cleansing Machine|
This machine is not abrasive on the face at all. Although I think some improvements are needed, this is a genius invention. It just further preps my skin for moisturizing and better absorption of my moisturizing products. Though the price may be a turn-off but it still costs less than a Clarisonic.
I haven't seem many online shops that sell this product. In case you want to know, I've checked eBay, Mihoko Shop and Rakuten carry this machine.
Product: Hitachi NC-550 Face Crie Ion Cleansing Machine
Rating: 4.5 / 5
- Deep cleans my face using a non-abrasive method
- Takes 3 mins, not a good feature as that's time-consuming (trust me, 3 mins will seem a long time)
- Uses AAA batteries
- Price is a turn-off