We all know the importance of cleansing our skin regularly, but when you use a specific facial cleansing brush it could mean a world of difference for the health and vitality of your skin. If you are someone who has been battling blackheads, whiteheads, uneven skin texture or some other sort of malady you may find that all you needed was to add a cleansing brush to your routine. Most claim the difference can be near-immediate. Even for those who have relatively unbothered skin, these specialized brushes can rid dead skin cells more effectively and have your skin gleaming like never before. More so, cleansing brushes are the most powerful method for removing all of your makeup.
Even if you have a top-notch skincare routine, there may be some bacterial elements you are overlooking. Such as, are you washing your hands before you wash your face? Are you using the same washcloth or towel repeatedly without drying it? What is under those fingernails? When you opt for a facial cleansing brush and you are able to store it appropriately, you will have a much more sanitary cleansing experience.
These masterful tools are not new to the beauty scene, and in fact, now there are so many options to choose from it can be confusing as to where you should invest your money. Because of the vast array of options there are also many features to consider before you shell out your hard-earned cash.
Here are a few of the most important features to look for when deciding on a face cleansing brush:
Battery or Rechargeable
Because you’ll be using water, you’ll want a waterproof brush that is also wireless for convenience. The best are battery-run brushes or one that you can recharge with a USB cord. This feature usually means a higher price tag, but it’s worth spending a little extra.
Ideally, you’ll want to find something that has a few interchangeable head options for different types of cleaning or massaging.
When looking at the types of interchangeable heads, pay close attention to face cleansing brushes that have an option for regular use and one for deep exfoliation. Silicone, non-porous are generally the best type of bristles but use something with softer bristles for daily use so it is nice and gentle on your skin. You can use the coarser brush for a once-per-week deep exfoliation. Steer clear of nylon bristles.
It may seem like a small detail, but finding a tool that can easily fit into your hand and isn’t too heavy can make a difference in your experience and how frequently you’ll want to use it.
Now that you know some of the essential features for finding a great face cleansing brush, we’ve narrowed it down for you with a roundup of some of our favorites.
- PMD Clean Pro
PMD Clean Pro is a smart cleansing brush that uses a technology called SonicGlow to clear the skin of dirt and impurities while lifting and toning the skin with its 7,000 vibrations per minute. Using ultra-hygienic silicone, PMD Clean Pro is odor-resistant, antibacterial, hypoallergenic and waterproof. Our hassle-free brush head never needs replacing. This brush is A powerful cleansing device with bristles gentle enough for all skin types. With four customizable modes, PMD Clean provides a full spectrum of cleansing options. The best part? The brush uses ActiveWarmth™ technology which uses heat therapy combined with SonicGlow™ to activate your skincare by assisting with deeper absorption and effectiveness. It definitely looks and feels like a spa-quality device. The brush is also pretty foolproof to clean, simply rinse with warm water and gently rub in cleanser (or soap), then pat dry after use. Consistent users claim their skin has never looked or felt better.
- Conture AeroCleanse Cleansing Device
If you were ever a Clarisonic die-hard, you’ll love the Conture AeroCleanse Cleansing Device. It is a facial brush with an airflow stream that produces a rich, gentle lather that helps to clean and exfoliate the skin. The water/splash-resistant device produces 13,000 sonic vibrations per minute. This unique combination of airflow and sonic power increases the lather of cleansers improving the ability to clean skin with less product. It is engineered to be gentle and has been dermatologist reviewed. There are myriad tests with impressive statistics showing the efficacy of this device. If you’re one who bases their shopping decisions on reviews, you won’t be disappointed.
- FOREO Luna 2 Facial Spa Massager
The Foreo Luna 2 is recommended because of its softer silicone bristles which are antimicrobial and antibacterial yet non-abrasive to skin. Foreo says the two-sided brush gently exfoliates on one side which removes 99.5% of dirt and oil, resulting in softer, smoother skin. The other half uses gentle vibrations to massage the skin and leave behind anti-aging effects. Up to 8000 T-Sonic (transdermal sonic) pulsations per minute are directed through soft silicone touch points for a deep yet gentle cleanse. Dead skin cells are also removed, diminishing the appearance of pores, refining skin texture and improving the absorption of your favorite skincare products. The reverse anti-ageing side directs lower-frequency pulsations onto wrinkle-prone areas, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving the skin looking firmer and more elastic. Plus, the travel-friendly facial cleansing device comes in four pretty pastel colors that correlate to your skin type (combination, sensitive, oily and normal).
- Olay Regenerist Face Cleansing Device
A little friendlier on the pocketbook, The Olay Regenerist Face Cleansing Device is an affordable brush which helps to remove makeup and gives your skin a deeper clean. It features two speeds — one for daily cleaning and the other for a deeper exfoliation — and is made with a brush head versus a silicone brush like other brands. Olay said its cleansing brush is also water-resistant, making it okay to use in the shower. Apply your cleanser to your face, dampen the brush head then move the device around your face for 60 seconds to help reveal softer skin. Your face will be primed to maximize the hydrating effectiveness of your moisturizer and better absorb anti-aging ingredients, like Niacinamide Vitamin B3. So, treat yourself to self-care with this water-resistant facial brush. Replace the brush head every 3 months or sooner if there is visible wear.
- Proactiv Deep Cleansing Brush with Silicone Head
Proactiv, a skin care brand known for its three-step system to fight acne, developed this cleansing brush to help you get softer and more radiant skin. The cordless brush comes with two brush head attachments that move in a 360-degree rotation to exfoliate the skin gently and help make your pores look smaller. Proactiv recommends using the product once a day. However, if your skin is prone to drying out, then you can minimize use to once or twice a week. Sometimes it’s good to rely on a brand you know and trust, and Proactiv has definitely made a name for itself in the skincare world.
- Clinique Clean Skin, Great Skin Sonic Brush
Another brand we have come to rely on over the years, Clinique developed this oval-shaped brush to allow for better cleaning in hard to reach areas. The facial brush uses sonic vibration to cleanse the skin gently, making it safe for all skin types including sensitive. The gift set also includes a creamy Clinique facial soap made for all skin types. You can choose between four brush head attachments — Acne Solutions, City Block Purifying, Extra Gentle and Purifying — to cater to your specific skin issues. There is always a certain peace of mind when you use Clinique products and the Clinique Clean Skin, Great Skin Sonic Brush is no different.
If you’re new to using face cleansing brushes, don’t be intimidated. The tool continues to become increasingly popular, particularly as the technology continues to advance. There are so many bells and whistles, it can be hard to discern what your skin actually needs. And price point can often be an issue, so shop around to ensure you’re getting the best cost.
When you find your best match, you may wonder how you ever lived without such a magical and necessary tool. It’s even been said that some users love their facial cleansing brush so much that they are over-cleansing, so try not to get too crazy. And you’ll want to use a face cleanser appropriate for your skin type to use on your face cleansing brush. Also, make sure to take care of your new gadget by keeping it clean and storing it in a sanitary place so you don’t track bacteria on your face.
Do note that if you have a concerning skin condition, such as rosacea, etc. you may want to check with your dermatologist before you start using a face cleansing brush. Most are safe for all skin types, but it would be a bummer to exacerbate an issue you’re already dealing with. You’ll likely get the green later, but you’re better safe than sorry.