By now, you should 100% know that going to bed with your makeup on is the ultimate skincare sin. Apparently, so is washing your face in the shower (a big no-no because the water is often way too hot) and not washing your hands before you wash your face because, errr, germs? Who knew a simple task could become so complex?
That’s where facial cleansing brushes come in. Not only do they help remove makeup and exfoliate, but if cleaned and stored properly—make sure to read those directions!—they can be a bit more sanitary, thereby eliminating future breakouts. Sensitive skin types (i.e. prone to eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis) should look for options with softer bristles and consider working brushes into their routine bi-weekly versus daily to start. It can be tempting to go hard when cleansing, but over-sloughing can leave your skin raw. Unsure if it’s the *right* tool for you? Chat up your derm to get their expert opinion.
Overall, the best brushes have the same general process: Remove your makeup, apply cleanser to wet skin, and massage the brush along your face in circular motions for a minute or so. The results? Exfoliated, smooth, and clear skin. With the classic Clarisonic no longer on the market, we’ve rounded up a new batch of favorites, including the silicone-only newbies from PMD and Foreo. Ahead are 14 brushes ELLE.com editors have tried and loved—plus a few other top-rated models.
ARE FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSHES GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN?
Facial cleansing brushes are widely known for helping to remove makeup and deliver a deeper clean but have other amazing benefits. According to celebrity aesthetics nurse injector and founder of Revay Aesthetics, Revay Plunkett, these brushes increase blood circulation. "The great thing about using a facial cleansing device is that it stimulates circulation while simultaneously exfoliating the surface of the skin. Stimulating the blood and lymph flow in the face can decrease puffiness, eliminate toxins, and promote cellular regeneration. In simpler terms, this makes your skin firmer, more radiant, and smooth," she adds.
CAN YOU USE A CLEANSING BRUSH EVERY DAY?
"Too much of anything is never a good thing," Plunkett says. However, you should always use a cleansing brush in moderation, especially depending on your skin type. "I suggest using a cleansing brush as part of your nighttime routine to remove the day's makeup, oil, and debris. Depending on your brush, make sure to clean and change the head of your device regularly to make sure it stays clear of bacteria, or else it could cause breakouts," Plunkett explains.
DO DERMATOLOGISTS/SKIN EXPERTS RECOMMEND FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSHES?
"Definitely. But it's important to find one that works with your skin type," Plunkett says. For those with sensitive skin, Plunkett suggests using a gentle brush to avoid irritation or any damage to the skin's barrier. "Exfoliating regularly is an important part of cell turnover and if it makes your skincare routine more fun and relaxing, why not? At Revay Aesthetics, we love the Supracor Face Mitt because it is naturally antifungal, antibacterial, and allergen-free.
This article was originally published on elle.com.