There are days when we're exhausted as hell - so much so that once we're home, we barely get enough energy to even make our way towards the wardrobe and change our clothes. The last thing we want to do is lift a damn finger, let alone leave our bed. So, on most occasions, we choose not to. We doze off to sleep without washing our face or worse - with our makeup on! Not that I'm too OCD with all skincare routines but as far as rules go, that is probably the worst risk you should ever take with your skin.
Now, imagine if you wouldn't have to worry about this any longer? On days, when even getting up from your bed and washing your face feels like a chore, wouldn't it be amazing if there was something that could take care of your skincare needs for you? Yes, facial wipes might help but the maximum they'll do is remove your makeup (not even entirely) and leave your skin feeling sticky. What about the extra care that your skin needs on a daily basis? What about cleansing your face deeply from within after a long day and letting it rejuvenate and breathe all night? Thankfully, the beauty world's got our back, yet again!
Simply speaking, these little beauty tools work like 'magic wands' for our skin! A facial cleansing brush is a beauty gadget which comes with a soft, revolving brush on its head that is known to seep through your skin by cleansing and exfoliating it from within. It removes 100% of your makeup and gets rid of all the dirt and dust present on your skin. So, on days when you're too lazy do this job perfectly, all you need to do is reach for a facial cleansing brush and you won't be disappointed.
Although facial cleansing brushes have been in the market for quite some time now and encouraged by many dermatologists and beauty enthusiasts, a lot of us still remain oblivious to their awesome benefits.
1. It gives your skin a thorough cleanse - up to six times deeper than you would be able to achieve with your fingers and water or a facecloth.
2. The bristles of the brush penetrate deeper into the layers of your skin and remove all the bacteria-causing germs, dirt, dust and debris.
3. It offers a powerful exfoliation which tightens your skin's elasticity and helps in reducing the appearance of your pores.
4. It helps to increase blood flow in your skin, rejuvenates all the dead skin cells and detoxifies it from within, making it look more radiant, smooth and healthy.
5. It eliminates excess sebum (oil glands) from your skin and prevents acne breakouts.
6. A cleaner face would simply lead to better absorption of ingredients in products. Hence, it ends up boosting your entire skincare regime.
If you want to use a facial cleansing brush, might as well begin with the best - don't you think? Olay is one such brand that never fails to disappoint us. And this is one revolutionary cleansing product that even dermatologists around the world recommend! Not only does it provide super cleansing of hard-to-remove makeup but its 2-speed rotating brush delivers a deep exfoliation, making your skin feel 10 times more renewed, refreshed and radiant than before. It also helps in reducing fine lines and wrinkles and slows down the ageing process.
Pros: It delivers noticeable results from the first use itself. It also comes with Olay's famous, anti-wrinkle cream that offers the right amount of moisturisation after cleansing.
Cons: It's not so pocket-friendly
Price: Rs 5,439. Buy it here.
This cleansing facial set provides the 'ultimate skin spa' that our face needs - without going to a solon or a dermatologist. Its dual-speed, lightweight spin brush with ultra-soft bristles makes it suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive ones. It gently but thoroughly removes all the dead skin cells anchored between living skin cells for a naturally glowing skin. It also exfoliates our skin to remove the deep-seated debris under several layers of our skin and shrinks the appearance of our pores.
Pros: It has 3 interchangeable brushes: daily cleansing brush, weekly exfoliating brush and silicone brush (for sensitive skin). It also includes a hard protective case for easy storage and travel.
Cons: Its availability in Indian stores is quite less.
Price: Rs 3,491. Buy it here.
This innovative, sonic facial cleansing massager is dermatologically-developed, Swiss-engineered and waterproof. Apart from providing deep cleansing and exfoliation, what's unique about this product is that it also targets our T-zone and other areas which are hard to reach. The tip of the brush is angled, gentle and tapers at the end to effectively remove all the dirt, oil and debris from all pores of our skin. It also lightens your skin's complexion and makes it look more youthful and supple.
Pros: It targets the complicated areas of your skin and is compact, travel-friendly and water-resistant.
Cons: It is expensive (but worth every penny).
Price: Rs. 12,650. Buy it here.
Ever notice the 'glow' that you get after a nice facial? Or the way your skin feels 'silky-smooth' after a solon cleanup? Well, that's exactly what this cleansing brush offers! It comes with 9 easily-removable brushes pertaining to each of your skin requirements like the kind to offer radiance, deep-pore cleansing, revitalisation and for delicate or acne prone skin. The sonic technology opens up all your clogged pores and eliminates dust, dirt and debris, leaving your skin soft and smooth.
Pros: It comes with a cleansing gel for best results, suits all skin types and is travel-friendly.
Cons: It might be a bit expensive.
Price: Rs. 2,678. Buy it here.
It might look small and pretty but is a lifesaver for those who are always on-the-go or love travelling! Made from the best quality silicone, its soft touch-points gently unclog your pores to remove 99.9% of oil, dirt, makeup residue, sebum or debris from your skin. It also comes equipped with 2-zone facial brushes to suit every skin type. It's finer touch-points help cleanse sensitive/normal skin on larger areas like cheeks/forehead while its thicker ones provide a deep cleansing on the T-zone of your skin.
Pros: It comes with a built-in battery for near-endless use, is compact, travel-friendly and is also proven to give you a radiant complexion.
Cons: It doesn't have a dual-speed option.
Price: Rs 4,012. Buy it here.
This all-in-one facial cleansing brush is what every skin deserves to be pampered with! It not only helps you in getting a perfect cleanse, exfoliation and detoxification but a massage too. It also gets rid of any bumps and calluses from your feet and hands in just a jiffy! It comes with 7 heads: a soft latex sponge, short-bristle brush, long-bristled brush, exfoliating head, pumice pad and a rolling massager. So if you feel like getting a facial spa every now and then, this amazing and super-effective brush is exactly what you need!
Pros: It suits almost every skin type and takes care of all your skin requirements. It's waterproof and a good value for money.
Cons: It takes time to deliver noticeable results.
Price: Rs 1,924. Buy it here.
This cleansing brush is a must-have for all those who wish to achieve flawless and healthy skin - instantly and in the long run. It's 2-speed powered cleansing brush removes the deepest of impurities and debris from your skin and also, gently massages your skin to improve the blood flow in your facial muscles. From its first use, you are bound to see a visibly smoother, clearer and brighter skin tone. So, imagine how your skin would feel if used regularly?
Pros: It delivers noticeable results and improves your skin complexion.
Cons: It might be a bit expensive for some and doesn't come with any storage box.
Price: Rs 3,199. Buy it here.
This TOUCHBeaty facial cleanser brush will surely 'touch' your heart! Its 360-degree rotating technology helps to improve the quality of the skin from within. Apart from scrubbing out dirt, debris, oil and makeup, it also removes blackheads, whiteheads, fades away the acne scars or pigmentation and targets impurities around the tough areas like the sides of your nose and T-zone. It also massages down your fine lines and wrinkles, increases your skin's blood circulation and stimulates the tissue regeneration. Overall, it polishes and brightens your skin tone whilst making it healthy and spotless at the same time.
Pros: It's waterproof, portable and travel-friendly. It also has a non-slippery handle for better use.
Cons: It takes time to show noticeable results.
Price: Rs 1,800. Buy it here.
Ideally, your face should be makeup free before you use a facial cleansing brush for better results. So, first, remove your makeup with either micellar water or facial wipes. You can also apply a cleanser for better absorption of ingredients into your skin before using the tool. Now, wet the bristles of the brush thoroughly with water or cleanser and gently massage it onto your skin. In small circular motions, work your way across the focus areas such as chin, jawline, cheeks, nose and forehead for 2 minutes each, using gentle pressure. Avoid the delicate areas, such as under-eyes, active acne, scars or open wounds. Then, rinse your face with water or simply, pat dry with a cloth. Don't forget to follow it up with a moisturiser for quicker and best results!
Yes, facial cleansing brushes can be used by those with sensitive skin without any worries. Just make sure that you don't go overboard. Ease the brush into your skincare routine, gradually. Start by using the brush only once or twice a week and then, slowly build up its use considering your skin's tolerance towards it. Avoid massaging the cleanser on your face for too long and make sure your brush has thinner, softer bristles such as that of a silicon brush head. These won't feel too abrasive on your skin and will cleanse your skin gently.
Yes, you can use a facial cleansing brush every day but ONLY once a day. While the 'picture-perfect' cleanse and softness may get you addicted to this little magic tool, too much of anything can lead to troublesome results. Hence, over-use of this brush can also break your skin's natural barrier. It can damage the quality and health of your skin cells, making your skin more prone to sensitivity and other problems like redness, irritation or increased dryness.
To avoid the build-up of bacteria, it's imperative that you clean your facial cleansing brushes once in 2-3 days. Un-screw the head attachment of the brush and rinse it with warm water and mild liquid soap (a baby shampoo can also do the trick). Massage the bristles with your fingers for at least a few minutes, clockwise and then anti-clockwise to scrub the dirt off thoroughly. And then, leave it to dry overnight. Once a week, you can also soak the brush head in a bowl of alcohol for a minute (don't rinse). This will end up killing all the new-formed bacteria on your brush and prevent it from spreading.
Ideally, if you use a facial cleansing brush on a daily/regular basis, then you should invest in a new brush head every three to four months. If your usage is less frequent, you can change it every 6 months.
Never! If you use the same cleansing brush on your body as on your face, you'll end up transferring harmful bacteria and dead skin cells. The skin of your face is much thinner and delicate than the rest of your body's and thus, different brushes are recommended for different kinds of skin. This is the same reason why you must also, never share your facial cleansing brush with ANYBODY!
So, go on and try them out. We're eager to know about your experience!
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