If you’ve ever dealt with a teenager, I’m sure you know how hard they can be to please. So imagine my surprise when my teenage Goddaughter handed me her birthday wish list and there were only three things on it : boots, a vanity mirror, and a Clarisonic. As someone who is skeptical of buying products simply because beauty magazines tell me to, I didn’t see the point in buying her an expensive, high-powered face brush when she has a washcloth and two hands that have always worked just fine. However, after experiencing this popular beauty “must-have,” I will admit that I was wrong.
When it comes to your skin, a face brush works much in the same way that an electric toothbrush works on your teeth. The cleaning is deeper and more thorough than you can get with your hand. That means you can look forward to less breakouts and blemishes, as well as a more evened-out skin tone. Eventually. What you don’t often hear about the Clarisonic and other face brushes, is that they can actually cause your skin to get worse before it gets better. Within the first two weeks of use, many people experience severe breakouts as their skin gets acclimated to the cleansing brush. The good news is that once your skin does get used to the face brush, you will likely notice that your skin is healthier and tighter. According to Allure magazine, a face brush allows skin cells to exfoliate quicker, which eventually produces more collagen — resulting in tighter, healthier-looking skin.
But before you run out to buy a Clarisonic, or any other face brush, there are a few things you should know:
Avoid overuse of the face brush. Whether your face brush has one speed or three, make sure you’re only using it once daily. The best time to use it is at night to get rid of all the debris and makeup residue from the day. People with sensitive skin may want to limit use of the facial brush to every other day, or a few times a week. According to Allure, using a face brush too frequently can lead to broken capillaries, irritation and dryness.
– Use your face brush with the facial cleanser you would normally use to wash your face. Avoid using abrasive face scrubs and exfoliants with your face brush because they can cause damage to sensitive areas of skin.
– Don’t share your face brush with other people. That’s a good way to cause your skin to breakout. Fortunately, almost all face brush systems offer interchangeable replacement brushes, so you can share the device without sharing your brush.
– Make sure to clean the brush attachment properly after each use to prevent bacteria from growing. Soap and water is generally effective, but you can also clean your brush with alcohol for a more thorough cleaning.
Now that we’ve gone over what you can expect from a face brush, you may be wondering which face brush you should ultimately buy. Here are a few you should consider:
Clarisonic. Not only is this the face brush that inspired this article, it’s arguably the best skin care system on the market. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive. The Clarisonic brand currently offers five cleansing devices to choose from, ranging in price from about $100 to about $250. Each device is beautifully designed and comes in a variety of colors. The more expensive models even feature different patterns. There are currently six different interchangeable replacement brushes (sold seperately) that cost $25 each. If you have the money to splurge on a face brush, this is the brand to get.
Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. The Olay face brush system comes with everything you need to get started on your way to better skin. It’s not equal to, or better than the Clarisonic, but for less than $25, it’s a great product that’s very effective. Another bonus is that you get two replacement brush heads for only $10. The downside is that the Olay face brush system currently only has one type of brush — a soft bristle. It also only comes in one basic color/design.
Revlon Spa Pore & Facial Brush Set ($20). Pros: 2 speed control, comes with 5 interchangeable attachments. Cons: Not very sturdy, certain attachments can feel too rough on the skin.
Dermabrush Advanced Cleansing System ($30). Pros: comes with 4 interchangeable attachments (including a body brush and pumice stone attachment), also comes with a 1.7 fl. oz. gentle body scrub, and 1.7 fl. oz. gentle face scrub. For $10 more, you can upgrade to the system that includes a 6.7 fl. oz. body scrub and face scrub. Cons: Very large handle, the included face scrub may be too harsh for sensitive skin.