Okay, so, if you have super sensitive or acne-prone skin, you might want to stay away from a facial cleansing brush. “A lot of times these types of brushes can harbor bacteria and even exacerbate acne,” explains Gary Goldenberg, M.D., a medical and cosmetic dermatologist in NYC. “Plus, they tend to be too harsh on sensitive skin and trigger inflammation.”
That said, if you want to try one out for yourself, here are some guidelines you should follow, according to Dr. Goldenberg. 1) Wash your brush every time after you cleanse your face, 2) Change out the brush head monthly, and 3) Do a patch test on the inner part of your forearm to make sure the bristles won’t irritate your skin. Now that you’ve got all the rules down, it’s time to find the best brush for you. Ahead, the 10 best facial cleansing brushes that won’t disappoint.
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Best Customizable Facial Cleansing Brush
Vanity Planet Glowspin 2.0 Facial Cleansing Brush
Not only does this facial cleansing brush come in this super cute case, it has four different brush heads to help you customize your cleansing routine. There’s a daily cleansing one that lifts away dead skin cells, an exfoliating face brush for a deeper clean, a silicone brush (gentle enough for sensitive skin), and a body brush that you can use in the shower to both cleanse and exfoliate.
Best Manual Facial Cleansing Brush
Anisa Beauty Cleansing Brush
If you want to have complete control over your facial cleansing brush, grab this manual one. Just add your cleanser onto the silicone ring in the center and gently massage it into your skin using light pressure and a circular motion. The combo of silicone and fiber bristles will gently cleanse your skin without irritating TF out of it.
Most Gentle Facial Cleansing Brush
E.l.f. Cosmetics Cleansing Duo Face Brush
If you’re worried a facial cleansing brush may be too intense for your sensitive skin, you gotta try out this one from e.l.f. The bristles are ridiculously soft and clean out your pores without freaking out your skin. Plus, there are silicone bristles on the back of the brush, in case you need an even gentler cleansing tool.
Best Facial Cleansing Brush for Hard-to-Reach Spots
Laxcare Waterproof Facial Cleansing Brush
TBH, it can be reallyyy hard to get your facial cleansing brush in certain spots (*ahem* the sides of my nose)…and that’s where this tool comes in handy. The unique shape of the brush allows you to get into those hard to reach spots so you can properly cleanse and exfoliate them.
Best Budget Facial Cleansing Brush
Olay Regenerist Facial Cleansing Device
This super-light, water-resistant facial cleansing brush is one of the least expensive options on the list—but it still works amazingly well. It has a dual-speed rotating brush head that removes makeup and cleanses your skin (shout out to the exfoliating wash it comes with), while sloughing away any dead skin cells that might potentially clog your pores.
Best Lightweight Facial Cleansing Brush
Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush
Super lightweight and with two speeds, this battery-powered facial cleansing brush claims to remove makeup 85 percent better than cleansing by hand. It’s silky-soft bristles help remove dry, flaky patches so the serums, moisturizers, and creams you apply to you face and can fully penetrate your skin for max results.
Best Charcoal Facial Cleansing Brush
Proactiv Charcoal-Bristle Pore Cleansing Brush
You’re probably not surprised to hear that Proactiv went a step further than any other brand and infused their bristles with charcoal, a pore-cleansing ingredient known for it’s ability to absorb excess oil and debris. Its ultra-soft brush head has a 360-degree rotation along with low and high speeds to help give your face a thorough cleansing. Bonus: It’s gentle enough to use once a day, even on acne-prone skin.
Best Facial Cleansing Brush for Serums
This brush head offers up a mini facial every single time you use it.For starters, the antibacterial silicone it’s made of (that’s also odor-resistant, hypoallergenic, and waterproof) gives off 7,000 vibrations per minute to deeply cleanse your skin. But the fun doesn’t stop there. You can also use it to work your favorite serum or moisturizer into your skin for a deeper absorption (just use mode three or four and the backside of the brush for massaging).
Best Mini Facial Cleansing Brush
Foreo Luna 2 Mini
This small yet mighty silicone brush not only fits into the tiniest of spaces, like that little pocket inside of your cosmetics bag, it only needs to be charged once every five months. Insane, right? Wait, it gets better: Its minute-long T-Sonic pulsations and hygienic nubs claim to remove 99.5 percent of dirt and oil as it exfoliates your skin without irritation. Pretty awesome, right?
Best Facial Cleansing Brush with a Timer
Clarisonic Mia Smart 3-in-1 Connected Sonic Beauty Device
With the name “Smart” in its title, this bb better not disappoint—and guess what? It doesn’t! Sure, it’s the most expensive option, but it comes with a lot of the bells and whistles to back up the price tag. First and foremost, it connects to the Clarisonic app, which allows you to upload custom skincare routines. It also comes with two cleansing modes and a Smart option (which syncs up to the Clarisonic regimen you’ve chosen), and features a guided timer that tells you when to switch the position on your face. Oh, and it includes a stand-up charger, so you have a place to put it while it dries (after you’ve washed its bristles, per what Dr. Goldenberg suggested, of course).
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