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What's the Deal with Cleansing Brushes?

I have so many thoughts on this topics you guys, and some are not popular, but I'm okay with that.  There are a few "cleansing brushes" on the market today; here's the gist - they are supposed to give you a deeper clean that gets all of the makeup and sunscreen off that regular cleansing cannot remove.  As a result your skin is cleaner and your serums and moisturizers are able to penetrate more deeply and do an even better job.  Sounds awesome, right?!  It is, in my experience, if you have normal to dry skin.  If you are sensitive or acne-prone, again - in my experience, they're just too rough for everyday use.  But 2-3 times a week it does the trick. 

In general you wet your face, apply your cleanser, wet the brush head and then apply the brush head to your face (in or out of the shower) and use circular motions for about 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on your nose/chin and 10 seconds on each cheek.  Then you rinse and are beautified. 

Here are the top three sellers:

The Clarisonic Skincare Brush ($119-225) uses the same technology that the Sonicare Toothbrush does, and I quote, "The sonic frequency moves Clarisonic's soft, gentle brush back and forth at more than 300 times per second, thoroughly clearing pores and skin surface*."  They have three brush head options (Delicate, Sensitive and Normal) and I would recommend erring on the side of sensitive if you indeed do have challenges with breakouts/redness/sensitivity in general.  It is amazing at getting all of your makeup off as well as giving a light exfoliation.  My mother and many girlfriends use it daily.

DDF's Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System ($98) is possibly one of my favorite things ever.  You get a traditional brush head as well as one that is solid foam.  The foam one gets used with the Polishing Crystals that also come in the box and this is where the love affair begins.  Whenever your skin feels thick or super dry or crazy caked with oil and junk, those microdermabrasion crystals warm up on your skin (yay) and buff off everything that is icky.  Dr. Oz likes this one because you get a 360 degree revolving brush, hence the name, and he rec'ed it on his show and it cleanses 8 times better than usual cleansing.  I like it because my skin feels like a baby's bottom when I use it. 

Olay Professional's Pro-X Cleansing System comes with the cleansing brush and a cleanser and, full disclosure, I've never used this one before.  However, it's $20 and if you're on a budget I would give this one a whirl because the reviews on Amazon are reallly positive.   

Generally speaking these brushes work really well with cleansers that foam but it really depends on what type of cleanser you like.  Let me know if you love/hate your cleansing brush! 

*taken from Clarisonic's website


  1. I do love my Clairisonic. I don't know why it's so dang expensive, but, I do notice a difference. My skin is so un-sensitive that I use the "normal" brush WITH a hardcore scrub! Makes me feel bad-ass. When this machine kicks the bucket I'll definitely try the other 2.

  2. If I did that I think my face might fall off.