Over the last few weeks I’ve been testing out a facial cleansing brush.
Yes I know! I don’t even own an electric toothbrush! How could I possibly enjoy using an electronic face brush thing?!
The kind folks at Aniqa (online Korean Beauty Store based in Australia) sent me one to try out.
I’ve always been a bit scared of these cleaning brushes. They remind me of paint stripers. Wall plaster sanders. Wood flooring polishers. Electrical power tools. And therefore I associate them with words like “strip, harsh, strong, scrape, grind, raw” which are not good words when it comes to skin care.
But hey, these brushes have been in the market for years, lots of big brands are getting on board and releasing their own brushes… so they must work for some people and according to the reviews, even more when combined using the best pregnancy body washes.
I’m always up for a challenge, but most of all, I’m curious and I wanted to know… what was the big deal about these brushes?
This is what I tested, the Clensure Rotating Facial Cleanser RC. The unit comes with two cleaning heads, a soft brush and a soft sponge. You can also get a massage attachment which aids in circulation and absorption of products such as serums and essences.
The first thing I did was find out how it compared with the other facial brushes on the market.
The Clensure brush is made in Korea. Some of the others are made in China, Germany and USA.
The Clensure brush is more affordable at AUD $84, than other big name brands, which range from AUD $150 – $285.
The Clensure unit rotates a soft brush (or soft sponge attachment), while other brushes vibrate, pulse or have a special “sonic frequency movement” which involves different oscillations of outer and inner brushes.
The Clensure brush uses AA Batteries. So this makes it much easier to travel with. No need to take power cords and special plug adaptors.
The Clensure people claim (printed in the instructions) that the brush has a waterproof design, so you can use it in the shower. However I haven’t tested this claim! Some other brands/face brushes are waterproof too.
My thoughts on the brush.
The brush was surprisingly soft. I was shocked. It was almost too soft.
I expected it to be scrubbier and bristlier, like a floor cleaning brush for a car garage?? (Only joking) But this Clensure brush felt like it was made up of cashmere teddy bears or something.
When the brush spins over my face, it feels ticklish and I don’t actually think that it’s doing a good job. But once I wash away my foaming cleanser, the result is pretty good.
The brush is soft enough that I am happy to use it every day, or every second day.
My thoughts on the sponge and massage attachment.
I like the sponge attachment!
Honestly I can’t feel the difference in the results after using the sponge or brush – they both leave my skin feeling clean, smooth and soft.
The massage attachment feels a bit weird, but leaves me with a nice feeling after. Like my face had a nice gentle massage. I use it after I apply my essence (or after I remove a face sheet mask) and run the massage attachment all over my face for 60 seconds.
I’ve found that if I run the attachment under hot water first, the massage balls are nice and warming for my face – which is super nice!
My thoughts on the clean.
It is a gentle clean, but it’s a good, deep clean.
My skin feels squeaky clean, smoother and tighter afterwards.
My face gets a bit oily in my T-zones, so I try to focus on those areas.
It does a good job cleaning in the crease of my nose, where I get lots of build up of oil, suncream and makeup from the day.
It’s a pretty quick process too. I use a makeup remover first. Then I only use the brush for about 60 seconds.
I works really well for me.
My thoughts on long term usage
I usually do an exfoliation scrub once a week… and I rub quite hard. I also buff quite hard with a towel too. That’s how I usually get my squeaky clean feel – the manual way. This cleansing brush action is much more gentle than how I scrub my face.
So, using this brush replaces the need for me to have a weekly exfoliation scrub.
My face seems to respond nicely to the brushing. I have no breakouts, no dryness, no pain or sensitivity. I am super happy to use this long term.
But I have a feeling that I’ll get a bit lazy and skip the daily usage and end up using the brush once or twice a week – which I think will work fine for me too.
I really like using my cleaning brush. It’s an easy way to keep my face smooth and radiant, on a daily basis. And I’m really happy that I have one!
However, it’s not really a must-have item. It’s like an electric vs regular toothbrush, if you are happy to do it manually, then stick with what you like.
Buuuuut I would definitely TREAT myself with one, for my Birthday, for Christmas, or if there was a special promotion.
And I would definitely put it on my wishlist of presents I’d like from my kids/husband for my next Birthday or Christmas!
A lot of online reviewers are fanatical about their cleaning brushes… and I might now be one of them :)
The team at Aniqa have a special promotion for all my readers!
Purchase a Clensure RC Rotating Facial Cleanser and…
Receive a free Mizon Rice Real Cleansing Foam 150ml (suitable for all skin types) a perfect cleanser for using with the cleaning brush!
Just enter the promo code “karensblog” at the shopping cart. There will be no added item on your order, but the team will see the code and add the cleanser to your order box. Promotion ends 1 July 2016.
Hope you enjoyed my review, I’m really pleased that I managed to stick to a skin care routine for 3 weeks!
Have an amazing weekend everyone!