ThisThatBeauty Reviews: Spa Sonic Skin Care System

Over the last year or so I have come to really like beauty gadgets. I recently received the Spa Sonic Skincare Skincare System and was very excited to give it a whirl.




Spa SonicSpa Sonic Specifications

  • Small facial brush: cleanses your face by getting deep into pores
  • Large body brush: cleanses entire body deeper than loofah and body sponges
  • Facial buffer: aids in moisturizer absorption and microdermabrasion to reduce fine lines and dark spots
  • Pumice stone: can smooth out rough areas such as elbows, knees and heels
  • Exfoliates, smooths and softens skin
  • Recommended by dermatologists
  • Can be used with your favorite cleansers
  • Tightens and reduces size of pores
  • Supports the reduction of fine lines and dark spots
  • Eliminates dirt, makeup and oil
  • Safe and effective for all skin types
  • Long lasting AA battery four pack – no need to charge


  • 1 Body polishing unit
  • 2 Small facial brushes
  • 1 Large body brush
  • 1 Facial buffer
  • 1 Pumice stone
  • 1 Battery four pack

My first experience with a facial cleansing brush was the Clarisonic Mia; I have since graduated to the Clarisonic Plus. Since the manufacture of the Spa Sonic said “Compare to the leading skincare system,” right on the packaging, I thought “Okay, let’s do it.”

Spa Sonic vs Clarisonic

The Spa Sonic  Skincare Brush cleans better with any cleanser than with just the cleanser alone. I found the best way for me to get good results from Spa Sonic system is to use it for no more than one minute each time I use it. Unlike the Clarisonic Plus, the Spa Sonic doesn’t have beeps and pauses to indicate when you should stop cleaning an area, so, I have to time it myself. The Clarisonic Plus has beeps and a brief pause to indicate when various areas of the skin are clean. 

For me, using either the Clarisonic or the Spa Sonic more than once per day causes skin irritation. I  use the Spa Sonic 4-5 days per week but only use the Clarisonic about 2-3 times per week .   Another key to having Spa Sonic work for me is to let it skim the skin. At first I held it with the same amount of pressure with which I use the Clarisonic but that led to too much pulling of the skin, it felt almost as though it was trying to pierce a hole in my skin. The Clarisonic doesn’t pull on the skin, no matter how much pressure is applied. According to the manufacturer of Spa Sonic, the brush can rotate up to 380 RPMs. Unlike the Carisonic, the RPMs are significantly reduced the more pressure you apply to brush. The Clarisonic features patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second.

The Spa Sonic uses 4 AA batteries that do not requiring charging but will require changing at some point. The Clarisonic has a charging dock that  keeps the device charged for 30+ uses without needing to  be recharged. Both devices are water resistant and can be used in the shower. The Spa Sonic system retails for about $65 and replacement  facial brush heads cost about $10 for a package of two and the body brush cost $12 for a package of two. The Clarisonic Plus retails for $225 with brush heads costing $25 each.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System

Bottom Line on Spa Sonic Skincare System

The Spa Sonic definitely cleans better than just using a cleanser alone.  With regular use of the Spa Sonic the skin does appear smoother with less visible pores. I like to use the Spa Sonic with a mild basic cream cleanser. The body brush attachment is great to use with a physical exfoliator on legs prior to shaving. The pumice attachment does a fair job of smoothing the heal and bottoms of the feet. I did not like the facial buffer attachment because it pulled the skin more than the brush and I didn’t notice a difference in my skin after using it. Changing brush heads every three months and keeping them clean is also imperative to ensuring skin isn’t irritated.  Retail $65 on sale now for $49!

Have you tried any Sonic Skincare brushes?  

What were your results?

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  1. Katrina Schenfield says:

    Hi Christene! So, what’s the bottom line? The Spa Sonic is a great system and worth its price? The Clarisonic is overpriced? Is the Clarisonic that much better than the Spa Sonic and I should just save up and buy the Clarisonic??

  2. Christene Carr Christene says:

    Hi Katrina, Thanks for stopping by!

    The Clarisonic is definitely not overpriced. It does work better than the Spa Sonic in that it doesn’t pull the skin (because of the counter clockwise rotation of the different bristles in the brush head), timed rotations, and different speed settings and brush head options depending on skin type. The technology behind the Clarisonic is different from that of the Spa Sonic and that is reflected in the price point. The Spa Sonic does live up to the claims and is worth the $65; it is definitely going to give a better clean than just washing with cleanser alone. If you are looking for a basic cleansing brush, go with the Spa Sonic. If you are looking for options, something that you can customize based on your specific skin type and skincare needs, go with the Clarisonic Plus. Hope this helps. :)

  3. Katrina Schenfield says:

    It certainly does, Christene! Thank you, ma dear! :)

  4. Kim says:

    Hi Christene! How do you time it while using spa sonic? All I want for my face is to minimize my pores, erase blemishes and smooth face. Do you think spa sonic can do magic to that?

    And there’s more I would like to know, what’s the best cleanser, toner and moisturizer for you? Thanks Christene!

  5. Christene Carr Christene says:

    Hey! Thanks for stopping by. I do one mississippi counting :) After a couple of times counting the it becomes second nature. The Spa Sonic gives a good clean and I think it allows skin care products to work better. I think with continued use pores will appear less visible but (knock on wood) I don’t have problem with enlarged pores so I can’t speak directly to that.

    I alternate between cleanser, toner and moisturizer based on what my skin is up to. My basics are Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleanser and Cucumber Toner. I also really like dermalogica microfoliant, see here: and PCA cream cleanser: see here My daytime moisturizer is something with SPF like PCA Oil Free SPF Moisturizer, at night I go for something a little Richer like l’occitane divine cream or L’Oreal Revitalift Complete Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer Night Cream.

    Hope this helps. :)

  6. Kimmy says:

    I have 3 daughters going through puberty and getting a lot of acne on their foreheads and blackheads around their noses. Is there a way to wash/sterilize the brushes after each use? Or should I buy a face brush for each girl? Also, you said a cream cleanser is best. Can you recommend an affordable one. I prefer oil-free as our skin type is oily.


  7. Christene Carr Christene says:

    Hi Kimmy, Thanks for your comment! I would suggest each of your daughters get their own brush. However, if you are concerned about the cost, one option is to buy one spa sonic and separate brush heads for each of your daughters. Have the girls wash their brush with mild soap and warm water after each use and keep it in a place where it can dry out between uses. You may find cleanser suggestions here >> Hope this helps. :)

  8. Michelle says:

    Hi Christene,

    I bought my Spa Sonic in August 2013. Only use this whenever a deep clean is needed which is about once every other week. In the beginning used it 2 or more times a week, but my skin felt tight. Is it time to replace the brushes?


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