Should You Be Using A Sonic Cleansing Brush?

facial cleansing brushes
Eleanor Pendleton

Beauty Writer

Jul 11, 2020

Sure, some sonic face cleansing brushes seem like they could send ET all the way home. But, these beauty tools can mean the difference between breakouts and crystal clear skin. Here, we reveal the best brushes of the bunch.

Why buy a machine to wash your face when your have two hands that seem to do that job just fine? It’s a logical question. Well, consider this: using a sonic face cleansing brush is like switching from a squeegee to a car wash. Practically speaking, this means your skin tone is evened out, breakouts and blemishes disappear and serums and moisturisers can be better absorbed. These high-powered beauty brushes feature vibrating heads that can clean and exfoliate the skin, dislodging more makeup and grime than hands or a washcloth. On average, sonic cleansing brushes oscillate between 200 – 300 movements per second, which is far more than your own mits can power. So, if you decide to invest in a sonic face cleansing brush, be sure to follow best practices for its use. Because bacteria thrive in damp environments, you’ll need to change your brush head at least once every three months.

To keep your brush clean and mildew-free, wash it with a mild liquid soap, pat it with a towel and let it air-dry after each use. Once a week, sanitise your brush head by soaking it in a bowl of rubbing alcohol. And if you like to wash your face in the shower, be sure to remove it to keep mould and mildew from becoming a problem.

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The Top 5 Sonic Cleansing Brushes 

1. Clarisonic Mia
Ideal for travel or the gym, Mia is the smallest of Clarisonic’s sonic systems. Just one press of the button massages away impurities within one minute. It oscillates at 300 movements per second and helps to unclog blocked pores. As the brush considered to have started the trend, it’s ideal for all skin types.

2. Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing SystemDesigned to loosen, lift and swirl dirt away, daily use of this cleansing brush can help reveal brighter, smoother skin. Working around the face’s natural contours at 350 movements per second, it eliminates the use of makeup remover.

3. Models Prefer Facial Cleansing BrushFeaturing four attachments: a regular brush, sensitive brush, massage brush and a foam moisturiser applicator, this waterproof battery-operated sonic tool even comes with it’s own storage stand.

4. Conair True Glow Sonic Facial Brush
This particular sonic facial brush features three speeds so you can control the intensity based on how sensitive your skin may be. While keeping skin clean, it also helps to prevent blackheads from developing and reduces oily patches and dry skin. Suitable for use in the shower.

5. Proactiv Cleansing Brush
Get the bottom of blocked pores with this cleansing brush. Pair with a blemish-fighting cleanser, breakouts can soon become a thing of the past.


By Eleanor Pendleton

Beauty Writer

Eleanor Pendleton is a leading authority on all things beauty. The award-winning journalist has been published in some of world’s largest publications including Harper’s BAZAAR Australia and Cosmopolitan Bride. She has also served as Beauty Editor at magazines including InStyle and FAMOUS. Eleanor is responsible for editing the popular beauty website, Gritty Pretty. Here are her stories and videos during her time as The Carousel's Contributing Beauty Editor.



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