In recent years, sonic facial cleansing brushes have appeared on the market with promises of cleaner and more radiant skin. With some brushes costing upwards of $200 and not to mention the additional cost of the facial cleansers and replacement heads, you’re not wrong for wondering if they are truly worth the cost. The overall consensus amongst dermatologists and consumers is that the brushes ARE with the money, IF they are used correctly. Learn about all of the good and the bad when it comes to facial brushes below.
Cleaner skin: Since the brushes typically use a motor that moves the brush head in a repetitive motion, the motor and bristles enable the brushes to clean dirt and makeup from skin and exfoliate more effectively than washing by hand. The bristles can actually penetrate deeper into the epidermis than wiping over the surface can, enabling a more thorough and deep cleanse.
Better absorption: Since the brushes exfoliate the skin so effectively, skin care products you apply after washing your face are absorbed more easily.
Improves skin texture: Face brushes promote blood circulation. As the facial brush massages the skin, blood flow underneath the skin layers increases. Increased blood flow will also help to restore your skin’s vitality and glow. It promotes faster cell turnover, revealing the younger-looking skin underneath.
Lympathic drainage: The facial brush is a good tool for lymphatic drainage. Most people struggle with clogging or puffing, and the lymphatic system plays a big role in your skin being breakout-free and having vibrant skin.
Necessary maintenance: You need to change the brush heads according to the brush’s instructions. If you don’t change your heads semi-regularly, the buildup of dirt and bacteria could cause breakouts.
Tip: Keep your brush clean and mildew-free by washing it with a mild liquid soap and then letting it air-dry after each use. Immersing the bristles in rubbing alcohol every week or so isn’t a bad idea either.
Could ruin your PH balance: Daily use strips the skin of its natural “acid mantle”, disrupting the PH balance. Exfoliating brushes shouldn’t be used more than twice a week. For nightly use, make sure you’re using the softest brush head available.
There’s such a thing as too much: Going overboard with exfoliation can lead to premature aging and skin irritation
It’s abrasive: As previously mentioned, exfoliating too often is bad for your skin. Over exfoliation can stress out your skin, thus causing the break down of skin tissues. The break down of skin tissues can lead to inflammation, wrinkles, and skin thinning. If you want to use the brush everyday, make sure you use a gentle head.
The key to avoiding all of these cons is to replace your heads as needed and to not use the exfoliating head more than twice a week. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
-Don’t use the brush in circular motion.
-Don’t use the brush to take off makeup. Instead of removing the makeup, the brush will actually just push it further into your pores.
-Don’t store the brush in the shower. Make sure to store it in a dry place rather than a damp one.
-Never exfoliate broken or irritated skin.
-Never use the brush head you use on your face on different parts of your body.
-Choosing the right brush head for your skin is key.
-If you feel like the brush is roughing up your skin, you may need to use more product or more water.