Cleansing your face is the first and most fundamental step to your skincare routine. Massaged by your fingers, the gentle lather of a facial foam gets rid of the oil, dirt and bacteria that have made a home on your skin during the day, and after a wash, you feel instantly refreshed and ready for the rest of the products you layer on.
Except, it’s not always that simple, especially if you live in an environment where invisible pollutants are rampant and have the bad habit of settling into your pores. The smooth pads of your fingers are not always the best tool for getting the grime out of there, and there is a limit to how much you can use a physical exfoliant every week (twice to thrice, to be clear). The solution to ensure your pores stay gunk-free, and you always have baby-soft skin? Facial cleansing brushes.
The Clarisonic boom a couple years back saw everyone who’s anyone on Instagram buzzing the wand over their face during their daily cleanse, and since then, a league of other facial cleansing brushes have surfaced from various brands to compete.
It is quite a saturated category to tackle, but the tool is an investment worth making if you’re dedicated to clear skin. To make shopping easier for you, read on to find out which facial cleansing brush best suits your skin type.
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Best for: All skin types
Foreo’s popular Luna selection is a breed apart from the usual bristled cleansing wands. Made with easy-to-clean, soft silicone bristles, this gentle brush is the most versatile to use because its 12 different intensities cater to suit different facial textures and areas. The Luna 2 is also perfect for those with mature skin, as it has an Anti-Ageing Mode that helps enhance circulation around the areas with fine lines, leading to a plumper, refreshed complexion.
S$319. Available at Sephora.
Best for: Combination skin
Out of all the Clarisonic options, the Mia 2 has remained a favourite because its baby-soft brush is perfect for gently cleaning the skin, but there is an option for a more intense mode to tackle your oily T-zone. This mode distributes 300 micro-massage movements every second, adding to its exfoliating abilities. Just be sure to change the brush head once every three months, and clean it regularly.
S$260. Available at Sephora.
Best for: Dry and sensitive skin
The technology behind Philips’ Viaspure is so incredibly versatile. You have a choice of two brush heads, both equipped with soft bristles that don’t scrub dry skin raw, and the choice of two modes — mild or intense. It is also designed to vibrate and rotate when it glides over skin, a motion that guarantees your face will be 10 times cleaner than when you wash with your hands. The Visapure also comes with an intelligent facial cleansing programme, where it guides you through washing your face in one minute, making it suitable for the luddites among us.
S$229. Available at Philips counters.
Best for: Oily skin with clogged pores
Clinique’s sonic cleansing brush has a unique head — the green bristles are densely-packed and firm, designed to exfoliate the junk out of your cells, while the white, softer ones are there to clean thoroughly — ideal for oily skin, which accumulates more bacteria and microparticles throughout the day.
S$149. Available at Clinique.