Sonic cleansing brushes have become very popular over the last year or so but I’ve never really paid them much attention. Until a few months ago, when I got distracted while browsing Lookfantastic.com for skincare.
Before I knew it I was comparing sonic facial cleansing brushes. And then I found myself comparing different brands of sonic cleansing brush across several websites (you’ve all done this with something, I know – how do we let it happen?!) By this point I’d found myself in a real dilemma about which one I should buy, because I’d convinced myself I absolutely must have one.
But then I realised the claims being made about the benefits of using one never seemed to be more than giving you the feeling of ‘really clean’ skin. One brand did state the ‘enhanced electromagnetic field creates rapid pulsations that stimulate the skin to open up your pores’, to draw out impurities from them. They didn’t claim to improve fine lines or do anything any more quantifiable, even the Clarisonic and Magnitone brands which can cost up to a whopping £200. That’s a lot of money.
It struck me that I don’t even use a manual cleansing brush on my face at the moment, so why start with a sonic one? I’ve done some research and haven’t found anyone who’s advised my to buy one.
One senior beauty therapist I spoke to had used one herself for several months but didn’t get any results that made her want to continue with it once the novelty wore off. Another therapist, an Advanced Practitioner with years of skincare training and experience, said she’d never seen them produce results by improving any kind of skin condition. In fact, performing a computerised skin analysis on one of her clients had revealed minor damage to a deeper layer of the skin through the client using her brush too aggressively.
This has prompted me to try out manually brushing my skin as part of my cleansing routine, using a soft, natural bristle brush. You do need to use a foaming cleanser and the key is to do it gently. I’m currently using Elemis Tri-enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash (£29.50/200ml). Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel (£28/250ml) is a good alternative (and both last for ages). Apply your cleanser to your face and foam it up. I then apply another small pump directly onto the brush and gently work the brush over my whole face in light circular motions.
I do feel after each time I do this my face feels well cleansed, but it did make my skin feel a bit tight when I did it every night, so now I leave it one or two days between brushing. This is enough to remove a few more dead skin cells and keep my skin looking brighter – and it has definitely given me more of a glow.
You can get soft facial brushes from most places in their beauty section – even some large supermarkets. Boots do a wooden-handled Botanics version, and stock a plastic-handled alternative by Champneys – both are £6. Soap & Glory have taken it a step further and their Brush With Greatness double-sided brush (£6.50) couples soft bristles on one side with small silicone bristles on the other for some facial massage which will stimulate blood flow to the skin and oxygenate it.
Whatever you use, remember not too apply pressure as that will aggravate your skin, especially if you do get redness on your cheeks or have any broken capillaries. Literally rest the brush on your skin and guide it – that’s all the pressure you need.
I recommend a facial spritz afterwards, before moisturising, and Balancing Lavender Toner by Elemis (£22.50/200ml) smells gorgeous and fits the bill. Alternatively, massaging in a facial oil really soothes the skin too – personally I like Boots No 7 Replenishing Facial Oil (£23/30ml) or the very intensive and restorative Vitamin E 45,000 IU Maximum Strength Oil by Jason (£9.99) which feels like honey on your skin. It all depends on your skin type and how much time you have, but even exfoliating your face like this once a week will help make your skin look more luminous by getting rid of dead cells that have outstayed their welcome.
Hopefully you’ll now be able to go out and invest in a great anti-ageing moisturiser with the wedge of cash I’ve just saved you!
Do you use a sonic cleansing brush? Have you got results? Post your comments and tell us more.