Last year during my first community theatre show I realized just how much makeup I had to wear. It was quite a bit more than I wear on a normal day, which is understandable, because the audience has to be able to see your face from far away. After the first dress rehearsal, I took the makeup off using my normal skin care routine of a makeup removing towelette, cleanser, and toner prior to eye cream, serum and lotion. When I still had makeup on by the time I got to the toner, I figured it was time for something that would give me a deeper clean.
I kept hearing about cleansing brushes and hadn’t really looked into it simply because my every day makeup isn’t very heavy, so I didn’t really feel that I had the need for one. Upon still having makeup on by step three in my cleansing routine, I knew it was time to look into a facial cleansing brush. I wasn’t really sure where to start so I looked online. There are quite a few options out there, ranging from pretty cheap to pretty expensive. Since I don’t wear heavy theatrical makeup on a regular basis, I opted for a less expensive model. I purchased an inexpensive model from a discount store. It runs on two AA batteries, and came with multiples of two different attachments – a brush and a foam applicator for lotion. It has a rubberized, curved handle for easy grip. The batteries it came with are still going strong.
First I used the brush to cleanse my face. I wet the brush and rubbed it onto an olive oil bar soap that I use only on my face. Using moderate pressure I moved the brush over my face as the bristles were spinning. The circular motion of the bristles worked up a good lather. When I finished there was makeup all over the brush, so I know it did its job. The most difficult area to clean for me was the space between my eyebrows, simply because the width of the brush is greater than the width of that area. The only other slight problem I’ve noticed is that loose hair from your head can get caught in the brush. That’s easily remedied by making sure all loose hair is away from your head prior to using the brush.
I also used the foam applicator to apply both lotion and oil. It was messy to try to get the product on the applicator and then on to my face. I ended up dropping some product on the sink. It was especially frustrating trying to get lotion from a pot onto the applicator since the sponge was larger than the opening of the pot the lotion came in. The sponge in the applicator absorbs the product too. In my opinion using the lotion applicator really wasn’t worth the extra effort. Honestly I’d rather just use my hands to apply moisturizer.
The overall verdict: a facial cleansing brush is absolutely worth it! My face gets really clean when I use this product. For me, using the brush once or twice per week is sufficient. The only exceptions are when I’m doing theatre, in which case I use it every time I wear full makeup. That way I know I’m getting all the makeup off each time. When I first purchased this, I thought I would only use it when I was wearing heavy makeup for shows. That hasn’t been the case, though. Anytime I notice clogged pores, I whip out the brush and give myself a mini-facial at home. My skin is moderately sensitive, and I’ve had no breakouts or similar issues as a result of using the brush. That said, if you do have sensitive skin, be sure to use a cleanser that is designed for sensitive skin, and go easy on the pressure when cleansing your face.
Hopefully you found this review to be helpful. If you want to get yourself one of these brushes, there is one available in the beauty section of my Amazon store here: http://astore.amazon.com/mycrnoli-20. Thanks for reading and Happy Friday!