Washing your face twice a day can be a drag, especially if you have to remove makeup or any residue from sunscreen. Facial cleansing brushes were developed to help wash your face, exfoliate to reveal softer skin and help minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.
Ava Shamban, a board-certified dermatologist, and founder of Ava MD said touchless skin gadgets are beneficial. “Touchless options are a great tool to help keep bacteria transfer from fingers to face, potentially spreading Covid-19 or other conditions that can affect either our health or skin,” she said. “However, these home devices are only as good as the care taken by the operator using them.” While facial cleansing brushes may save you time from washing your face, it is important to make sure you take care of the device. This includes washing the brush after each use to help prevent bacteria from forming and extending the life of the device.
What to look for when shopping for a facial cleansing brush
Shamban said these brushes are more effective in removing layers of skin care and makeup, along with sweat, dead skin cells and other debris. Some brushes mildly exfoliate using movement and friction to lift what is sitting on the surface of the stratum corneum, which is the outer layer of the skin. She suggests looking for the following features when shopping for a brush:
- Aerodynamic shape and weight that feels good in your hand
- Easy to use (and clean) design
- Preferably, silicone bristles, which are non-porous, as opposed to nylon bristles
- Multiple settings or areas for different types of skin and skin needs
It’s important to find a face cleansing brush that won’t cause unnecessary damage, especially if you have sensitive skin. Adam Mamelak, MD, an Austin-based dermatologist, said there are side effects and myths about using facial brushes, but the key is knowing your skin. “Sensitive skin types and those with rosacea have to be careful with brushes and exfoliating as they can lead to increased irritation,” he said. Mamelak’s biggest tip is to use your face cleansing brush of choice no more than once or twice a week “to make sure your skin tolerates it well.” Another pro tip? Find a face brush and face cleanser which plays nicely with your skin type. He also advises you use a different brush head for your body than your face, because body brushes tend to be harsher.
Overall, if you’re interested in having a better exfoliation at home, then a face cleansing brush could be right for you. To help guide you through your shopping process, we’ve rounded up nine of the best facial cleansing brushes of 2021.
Top 7 Best facial cleansing brushes of 2021
1. 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. The other side of the device is a proprietary ActiveWarmth heat therapy massager with anti-aging benefits and feels soothing on the skin, like a heated towel pressed against your face. PMD says the odor-resistant, antibacterial silicone brush comes with four modes and can be used on all skin types. PMD Clean Pro facial cleansing brushes are available in four colors: Navy with Gold, Teal with Brushed Aluminum, Berry and White. They also have a dedicated line of skin gadgets specifically for teens and men, so you can help your loved ones establish their skin care routine in-between virtual school and working remotely.
2. FOREO Luna 2 Facial Spa Massager
Shamban recommends Foreo Luna 2 because of its softer silicone bristles which she says are antimicrobial and antibacterial yet non-abrasive to skin. Foreo says the two-sided brush gently exfoliates on one side which removes 99.5 percent 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. Plus, the travel-friendly facial cleansing device comes in four pretty pastel colors that correlate to your skin type (combination, sensitive, oily and normal).
3. Ageloc Lumispa
Nu Skin LumiSpa face brush is a rechargeable and waterproof device that comes with two different silicone heads — “normal” and firm. The interchangeable heads of this dual-action skincare device function with either the intention of cleansing or exfoliating and anti-aging benefits. Each cleansing session lasts two minutes, pausing momentarily after 30 seconds to prompt you to move to a different area of the face. If you apply too much pressure or generally are a little rough, the device would pause to indicate so. With its soft silicone bristles, the device does a great job of deeply cleansing the skin without stripping over the natural oils. For those with tinted sunblock or light makeup on, the makeup removal step can be skipped as the device is enough to cleanse the grimy layer away. Reviews have claimed that skin is a lot softer and brighter after using the device. Lumispa silicone head correlate your skin type (Dry, sensitive, oily, Blemish Prone Skin and normal/combination) for teens, men, and women
4. ZAQ Facial Cleansing Brush
Unlike the Foreo 2, which requires you utilize a facial cleansing brush specific to your skin type, the ZAQ cleaning brush has one universal model with five speeds corresponding to various skin types. It is also the sole brush on our list that positions itself as RoHS compliant, meaning it meets a set of European Union standards, including being made from lead- and mercury-free materials. After a two-hour charge, ZAQ’s facial cleansing brush offers a five-hour battery life.
5. 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.
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