What Are Facial Cleansing Brushes?
Facial cleansing brushes are kind of like the power tool of the skincare world. It is a handheld device that contains a battery-operated motor. The motor causes a repetitive motion that aids you in cleaning your face.
Some devices will use a circular motion, and other devices may use a back and forth motion. There are also brushes that vibrate instead of moving very much. The motor function combined with the bristles, allows you to exfoliate while you give your pores a deep cleanse.
A sonic brush oscillates at a high frequency. This creates over 300 cleansing movements per second. Many of the facial cleansing tools are considered sonic. These brushes claim to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as offer a deep cleansing action.
Many of the facial cleansing brushes include a timed shut-off. The timed cleansing combined with the constant pressure can offer a more standardized cleansing method than just using your hands.
Are Facial Cleansing Brushes Good For All Skin Types?
Normal Skin: If you have normal skin, you can use your facial cleansing brushes more often. Dermatologists agree that you probably don’t want to use it more often than every other day. However, if your skin is especially thick and isn’t sensitive, your dermatologist may approve daily usage. Normal skin can handle a micro-polishing brush with various heads to switch from daily to weekly treatment styles.
Oily Skin: If your skin is on the oilier side, you can probably use your facial cleansing brushes on a daily basis without any ill effects. Your excess oil will protect your skin from over-drying, and it will most likely become much less prone to breakouts once you start using the facial cleansing brush regularly. A rotating brush with bristles may be a good choice for someone with oily skin.
Dry Skin: Dry skin may feel tight if the cleansing device is overused. You may want to limit your exfoliating treatments to once or twice per week. Also, make sure you are diligent with your moisturizing routine. The exfoliation can have a bit of a drying effect, but if you are careful not to overuse the tool or skip your moisturizer, you should still be able to enjoy the deep-cleansing benefits. A bristled cleansing brush that has a low setting can be a good choice for dry skin.
Combination Skin: If you have combination skin, you may want to limit your brush usage to a few times per week to avoid drying out the already dry areas. If your skin is more normal/oily, you can likely use it every other day without issue. Pay attention to both areas of your skin to make sure that you are not irritating things. A gentle silicone sonic facial cleansing tool works well for combination skin.
Sensitive Skin: If you have sensitive skin, then you will want to be a bit more careful when making the switch to facial cleansing brushes. You will likely only want to use the brush a maximum of two times per week. You can consider it more of a treatment than a daily cleansing device. Try not to switch your cleansers immediately after or before introducing the brush. This will be beneficial if you have a reaction to the brush or the process. You can be sure that any irritation is from the tool and not the new cleanser. When using the brush, don’t press down too hard or use the device for too long. If your device’s instructions recommend usage in a spread of time like 3-5 minutes, use for the lower number on the spread. A gentle sonic brush with a low setting and antimicrobial protection is a good tool for those with sensitive skin.
Avoid using facial cleansing brushes if you are suffering from psoriasis or an eczema flare-up. You also do not want to use the brush on skin that is sunburned or broken. After an aggressive facial treatment like microdermabrasion, you will need to avoid your facial brush for the length of time specified by your esthetician.