They are a hot item. You can’t miss them when walking through department store beauty counters, drug stores, even supermarkets. But does a facial cleansing brush do your skin any good?
Short answer, yes! Here’s why…
Facial brushes are advertised as tools designed to deep clean the skin. Sure, the spinning bristles do help to brush built up dirt and debris from pores. But the smooth, glowy skin these devices deliver is actually due to the exfoliating action. Dead, dry skin cells that sit on the top layer of skin are removed and fresh, radiant skin is revealed.
Exfoliation is good for reasons beyond the instant radiance factor. Sloughing dead skin cells means the healthy products you use on your skin can absorb more easily and do their job. It also helps to rev up circulation and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Touted as a tool for dealing with acne, facial brushes are truly beneficial to all skin types. Brush bristles are very soft and even sensitive skin types benefit from regular exfoliation. We’ll get to the how to in just a minute.
Exfoliating skin is not just a girl thing. Guys benefit from this skin booster too. Most men are exfoliating their skin, whether they know it or not, when they shave. But using a facial brush on forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin keeps skin healthy and looking its best.
You can use your facial brush in a couple of ways. If you have acne try using the brush with a cleanser for acne prone skin, paying special attention to affected areas. If you are looking to banish blackheads, try an exfoliating cleanser with the brush. For those with normal to sensitive skin types, use a cream cleanser with the brush, or try using the brush with plain water post cleansing. Exfoliating 1-2 times weekly should be effective.
Remember: Let the brush do the work, not elbow grease. Exfoliation should be gentle. And never exfoliate broken or irritated skin.
No matter how you use your brush, be sure to rinse skin thoroughly once you are finished. Rinse your brush in hot water each time you use it and allow to air dry. This will help to prevent bacteria build up.
Starting to feel a facial cleansing brush in your future? Clarisonic Mia 2 is a popular choice. Olay Pro-X works well and at a much lower price. I recently tried the Spa Sonic Pro that comes with several attachments with the face brush. You can read my review.
A facial cleansing brush is a valuable component to any skincare routine. Gentle exfoliation and safe natural products are key to getting the most out of this tool.
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