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Is It Really Worth It To Spend Money On A Facial Cleansing Brush?

Lea S

18 May 2021


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Benefits of using a facial cleansing brush

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When it comes to skincare, there’s one golden rule—cleanse your face twice a day, once in the morning and another at night. However, how you should cleanse your face is a debatable question.

Most of us go with the trusted hand and water combo, but if you’ve been on social media, you’ll notice that the electric facial cleansing brush is a popular choice too. There is a catch though—the price of a branded cleansing brush may set you back at least RM100, but some swear it’s a worthy purchase. Is it really? Let’s find out…

#1 Is it good to use a cleansing brush?

Happy woman with foaming cleanser on her face

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Let’s be clear—there’s nothing wrong with cleansing your face the manual way. Using a facial cleansing brush though, may be able to give you better results.

The bristles of the brush are handy in removing dead skin cells, which allows better absorption of moisturisers and serums. Meanwhile, the device also emits tiny vibrations, making it a great tool for deep cleansing and improving blood circulation. You don’t get to enjoy these benefits if you’re only using your hands.

However, the answer to this popular question isn’t a straightforward ‘yes’ or ‘no’. According to dermatologists, it really boils down to skin type, the brush and how you use it.

#2 Is a cleansing brush suitable for acne-prone or sensitive skin?

Yes, although it’s advisable to limit the use of the brush. Those with sensitive skin or acne are advised to go for the silicone versions as they are less abrasive as the bristled ones.

When you use a cleansing brush, you’re essentially also exfoliating your face. This means you’re stripping away the natural protection barrier that’s necessary to well, protect your skin. Plus, if the skin is already sensitive, the last thing you’d want to do is aggravate it—much like how you shouldn’t be using a facial scrub every day.

It’s also important to note that those with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema are discouraged from using a brush.

#3 Can I use a cleansing brush every day?

Woman washing face with water over the sink

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Those with normal skin type can get away with using it every day. However, based on the general consensus found online, it seems that it’s best to use a facial cleanser brush once or twice a week—especially if you have sensitive skin. Overuse can be harsh on your skin and lead to premature aging.

If you’re trying out the brush for the first time, it’s best to prepare your skin for it. Start by using the brush once a week then increase the frequency as you go along. It’s also good to note that minor breakouts are natural in the first couple of weeks when you introduce a brush to your routine. According to a dermatologist, the breakout is caused by exfoliated dead skin cells that are blocking your pores, and the issue will wear off once your skin adapts to the brushing and there are fewer dead skin cells to exfoliate.

#4 What type of cleanser can I use with a cleansing brush?

Stick with gentle and moisturising cleansers—no scrubs or those with beads and peeling properties. The brush is already exfoliating your skin so there’s no need to combine it with an exfoliating cleanser.

#5 What is the correct way of using a skin cleansing brush?

Woman smiles at mirror reflection while cleansing her face

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If you have makeup on, start by removing it. Then, wet your brush and apply some cleanser directly onto the brush or on your face. To allow the brush to glide easier across your skin, you can also choose to slightly wet your face.

Run the brush across your skin in circular motion—avoiding the delicate eye area—and limit each session to 60 to 90 seconds. Some brushes also come with a timing feature so you don’t exfoliate your skin longer than necessary. Once you’re done, rinse your face.

Different brushes may come with different instructions so it’s best to check the manual before you do anything.

#6 How often must I clean a cleansing brush?

Clean your brush after every use. Rinse it under running water and using a makeup brush cleaner or unscented soap. Make sure to give it sufficient time to dry before you stick it back in the shelf. If you’re using the bristled type, consider switching the brush heads every few months.

If left uncleaned, your brush can be a potential breeding ground for bacteria, so you definitely don’t want to be lazy with this step.

Ready to add a facial cleansing brush to your skincare collection?

Ultimately, there isn’t a right or wrong when it comes to using a facial cleanser brush. So long as you control the usage (and clean it frequently), it can help to enhance your skincare game. And if you’re simply curious, take advantage of the sale that’s happening on MyDunia and add these to cart:

Habo Automatic Foaming Facial Cleansing Massager

Features of the Habo facial cleansing massager

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The Habo Automatic Foaming Cleansing Massager comes with five customised massage modes and a high frequency vibration that promotes deep cleaning. Plus, you’ll only need to charge the device for two hours and it’ll last for 30 days*!

*With daily usage of 2 minutes per day

Ogawa Unique Tria Facial Cleansing Brush

Features of the Ogawa Unique Tria facial cleansing brush

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Remove leftover makeup and dirt from your face with the Ogawa Unique Tria Facial Cleansing Brush. Comprising of three small 360 degrees rotating brushes, it comes with three speed settings and a smart timing reminder so you don’t over-scrub the skin.


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