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August 11, 2021 6 min read

If you've been looking for ways to give yourself cleaner, healthier, more beautiful skin, you may have wondered whether a facial cleansing brush is right for you -- not to mention what these things are, why they're so beneficial, how they work, and how to use one safely and effectively, Let's dive into the world of facial cleansing brushes so you can make the smartest purchases and adopt the right cleansing strategies for your one-and-only face.

What Exactly Does a Facial Cleansing Brush Do?

A facial cleansing brush is a device that features an array of either bristles or silicon protuberances that resemble bristles. These bristles or protuberances, when brushed against the skin in a circular motion, scrub the skin lightly, stimulating and exfoliating it. Exfoliation involves the removal of dead cells from the topmost level of skin.

What Are the Benefits of Using a Facial Brush?

A facial brush can convey many important benefits to your skin when used correctly. As it scrubs the dead cells away, the underlying skin works harder to produce collagen, the connective tissue that gives skin its elasticity. As a result, you may enjoy younger-looking facial skin. When combined with the right cleansing agent, the facial brush can also help you rid your face of bacteria that may cause or worsen conditions such as acne. At the same time, the removal of rough, dead cells leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother. It's like performing your own home-based mini-facial.

Are Facial Cleansing Brushes Good for All Skin Types?

Different skin types can react quite differently to a given facial cleansing brush. In fact, some people should avoid using facial cleansing brushes at all. If you're currently receiving chemical exfoliant treatments or using retinol-based products, for instance, wait until you're done with these treatments before trying a facial cleansing brush.

Otherwise, the type of skin you have shouldn't prohibit you outright from using a facial cleansing brush. People with dry, oil, or combination skin have all enjoyed good results from these tools.

Can You Use a Facial Brush If You Have Sensitive Skin?

You can use a facial brush even if you have sensitive skin; you just have to use it with the proper care, and on a weekly schedule instead of a daily one. (See below.) If you use your brush too frequently on red, dry, or sensitive skin, those problems may get worse instead of better.

The choice of cleansing product to use with your facial brush becomes especially important if you have sensitive skin. This is really where the issue of your individual skin type comes into play. While you can make use of any cleaning foam or similar product you like, you should make sure that whatever you choose has been formulated for your type of skin (dry, oily, or combination).

Can You Use a Facial Brush If You Have Acne?

You might initially feel reluctant to use a facial cleansing brush if you suffer from acne. In reality, this addition to your beauty routine can help you control your acne by removing dead cells that harbor bacteria. Don't be alarmed, however, if your acne seems to get worse when you first start using your brush. This is a normal reaction which should go away as your skin gets used to the treatment. You can minimize the problem by getting into the routine of washing your face with a product that features salicylic acid before applying your facial brush.

Should You Prefer a Bristle or Silicone Facial Brush?

It's easy to find a wide range of both bristle-based and silicone facial cleansing brushes on the market -- but which type makes more sense for you? While both types of brushes can get the job done, silicon brushes have certain advantages that make them the smartest choice for many people, especially those who have acne or sensitive skin.

Silicon is naturally bacteria resistant, which makes it easier for you to exfoliate your skin without accidentally exposing it to germs. You may also find a silicone brush easier to keep clean and bacteria free between uses. Last but certainly not least, silicon brushes tend to exfoliate the skin more gently than bristled brushes, without sacrificing effectiveness. So you should always choose a silicon brush if you worry about your skin's sensitivity.

How Do You Use a Facial Cleansing Brush?

Whether you use a manual facial cleansing brush or an electric model, you'll want to follow some of the same key steps for best results (and to prevent any unnecessary damage either to your skin or to the brush). Before you use either kind of brush, make sure that you have removed any and all makeup from your skin. Next, use warm water to wet the brush before squeezing a small blob of cleanser onto it. If you're worried about possible irritation, wet your face as well before proceeding.

Apply the brush lightly to specific parts of the face for very short periods of time -- a mere 10 seconds for your cheeks, and about 20 seconds for your nose, forehead, and chin. Don't spend more than a total of one minute cleansing your face with the brush. Once you're done, wash off the cleanser and apply any topical medications you might be using for conditions such as acne or rosacea.

Remember that your facial brush is precisely that -- a brush exclusively for use on the face. You can exfoliate other parts of your body with a separate brush. Using the same brush on both your face and the rest of your body can transfer specific types of bacteria from one area to another.

Manual Brush Versus Electric Brush

True to its name, a manual facial cleansing brush has no internal motor or power source -- it relies purely on your own power to move it around in little circles. By contrast, an electric brush has a rotating head that runs automatically at the touch of a button or switch on the handle.

Don't assume that you have to spend top dollar on a state-of-the-art electric facial cleansing brush. A manual facial cleansing brush may actually be better for your purposes than an electric brush, especially if you have sensitive skin. That's because you can control exactly how much speed and pressure the bristles or protuberances apply to your face. Electric brushes can sometimes clean and exfoliate a little too thoroughly for comfort, leaving users with skin redness or irritation.

Bear in mind, too, that electric brushes may come bundled with a particular cleansing product that might not prove ideal for your skin type. If you already have a cleanser that you know works for you, stick with it!

How Do You Clean and Maintain a Facial Brush?

It's critical that you keep your facial cleansing brush as clean as possible between uses. If you've left any traces of dead cells, dirt, or cosmetics on the bristles, you may give yourself a breakout the next time to try to cleanse your face. A Little baby shampoo or antibacterial dish soap should do the job. rub your chosen cleaning agent over the bristles or protuberances with your fingers under running water, then pat the brush dry.

Even if you practice proper post-cleansing brush care, bacteria can still accumulate on it. That's why you should soak the brush in a disinfectant solution once a week. Also, confine your brush's use to your own face; don't let other people use it, unless you want to run the risk of also sharing each other's germs!

Bristled facial cleansing brushes can wear out after about three months of daily use. At that point, you should either replace your manual brush or replace the rotating head on your electric brush. If you use your brush less frequently, check the instructions that came with the brush to see how frequently you should replace these components.

How Often Should You Use a Facial Cleansing Brush?

As implied above, different people may want or need to use facial cleansing brushes according to different schedules. If you have normal skin, you probably can (and should) use your brush once a day. However, if you have sensitive skin, you should limit your facial brush use to one or two applications per week. If you're not sure how your skin will react to a facial cleansing brush, start with the weekly schedule and then, if all goes well, move on to a daily schedule.

When you're ready to discover first-hand what a facial cleansing brush can do for your skin, Beauty’s online store has the selection of facial cleansing brushes you need. Check out our product line and contact us with any questions you may have.

Pepper Peterson
Pepper Peterson

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