Clarisonic brushes are expensive gadgets for exfoliating to remove dead skin, and leave skin smooth and ready to drink in moisturizers. At more than $100, as of June 2011 -- plus replacement heads at $25 -- smooth skin comes at a hefty price. Methods to attain equally smooth skin for a fraction of the cost are available.
Use a baby's hair brush for exfoliation. At prices starting under $1, a baby's hair brush is made of soft synthetic fibers like the Clarisonic. Apply your favorite facial cleanser to the bristles of the baby brush and gently scrub your damp face with small circular motions. Pay attention to your problem areas, where you tend to get congested pores. For most women this is the nose, chin and forehead.
Buy Buf-Puf sponges. Choose from several different textures, depending on your skin's sensitivity. With these textured sponges, you can remove dead skin cells, oil and make-up from your face for a few dollars.
Invest in an electric toothbrush. Clarisonic skin-cleansing gadgets use the same technology as an electric toothbrush. The main differences: the size of the brush head and the price. While the toothbrush head is considerably smaller, so is the price -- especially when you opt to purchase an electric toothbrush from another company. Most electric toothbrushes are priced at less than $100.