The first electric washing brushes hit the market in 2004 - it was the legendary Clarisonic device, and since then various brands have released a huge number of analogues, among which there are budget ones. So two or three years ago, the unhurried journey of electric brushes for washing began from the category of delightful, but not very democratic devices to the category of must-haves. These devices, with regular use, can replace salon cleanings well and, according to reviews, work miracles in daily care. We talked with girls who use a wide variety of brushes about how to find rapport with a gadget and what it is really capable of.
Pobling Sonic Pore Cleansing Brush
Previously, all the time I "hid" closed comedones with tonal means, and, naturally, the pores were clogged more and more. Refused tonal, but the problems did not diminish. When the boom in brushes began, I read many reviews on kosmetista.ru and was inspired by photographs with a colossal difference of 3-4 months. I thought: suddenly it will help, why not try it? In addition, after the usual washing with sponges, there was not the same feeling of cleanliness and smoothness, especially on the nose and forehead.
I first had the Pobling Sonic Pore Cleansing Brush, which only lasted two months. Firstly, due to the very soft bristles, according to my feelings, it did not clean at all. Secondly, battery power turned out to be an inconvenience for me. Thirdly, although it is declared as sealed and waterproof, after a month the battery compartment rusted through, the button stopped working (I thought that the marriage, but the exchange did not help, the button stopped working again after three weeks), although every time she wiped it dry and put it in a stand.
Now I wash my face with Clarisonic Mia 2. I use it about 4-5 times a week when there are no breakouts. Thanks to her, she got rid of closed comedones, clogged pores, the face began to look fresher, the skin tone became smoother. I like it from the constructive side: it is sealed, the device fits comfortably in the hand, convenient charging. I have a standard nozzle that came with the kit, it fit my skin. I am completely satisfied with the brush.
Clinique Sonic System Purifying
I am deeply convinced of the paramount importance of cleansing the skin: the wrong makes all other caring manipulations meaningless, the right one guarantees and increases their effectiveness. Any dermatologist will confirm this. In my case (greasiness, porosity, the second degree of acne in persistent remission), proper cleansing presupposes an indispensable mechanical effect - that is, you need to wash yourself not with your hands, but with the help of some special unit (or what in English is called a washcloth, but -Russian - so far nothing).
For many years she was faithful to the great Clarisonic, but out of curiosity I tried all of its analogues from Foreo to Zensation, including the one that was made in Russia. The Clinique gadget seemed to be one of the most stupid and stupid. It uncomfortably lies in the hand, somehow vibrates too deliberately, after a month it starts to rattle, does not leave the desired feeling of "polished to a creak." The little green part of the nozzle has harder bristles, and it scratches the skin, while the “delicate” white part, it seems, just smears dirt and grease on the face. Here. But the brand has an absolutely wonderful moisturizing night mask. And now I'm using a bamboo sponge.
I have an Almea Clariskin brush. I used to use it every day, now I take it out twice a week: there is a lot of inflammation and the skin is dehydrated. This brush suited me, just now, due to pregnancy and hormones, the skin is odd and irritated from almost any influence, so I wash my face with La Roche-Posay Effaclar H without a brush. Previously, I really liked it, even got rid of small black dots, which I was terribly happy about.In general, the skin looked better: the texture and color were evened out, the spots from the inflammation disappeared faster.
The only inconvenience is that it doesn't dry out completely in my bathroom. I have to take it to the room, and before washing - back to the bathroom, which I often forgot about. In this regard, I concluded that the brush is not an essential device. While you constantly catch your eye - you use it, and if not, then you forget.
Clarisonic mia 2
I have problem skin: blackheads, unexpected acne, but most importantly, it is difficult to exfoliate with conventional means. In my entire life, I have never found a combination of masks, including acids, and means for washing, so that everything old would completely disappear from me. Either my skin is like this, or my life is like that, but I decided to believe in Clarisonic: a couple of years ago bloggers were crazy about it and it sounded like something that could help me. The brush cleans with very quick right-left strokes, and the manufacturers claim that this does not pull on the skin, but forces the dirt to gently come to the surface on its own. I was preparing for the purchase for a long time - it was hard for me to give eight thousand at once - but, having made up my mind, I never regretted it. I use the usual Mia 2 with an attachment for sensitive skin - Clarisonic has a lot of options, up to pedicure, but, in my opinion, they are all more or less similar. I bought it in April and in five months I already see a serious result.
It's getting better now. Firstly, the skin finally began to cleanse normally. This does not mean that the brush scrapes it hard: it does it quite softly, just impressively. The main thing is to use it regularly. What was especially important for me was to remove the scars on my cheeks. Due to the irrepressible desire to squeeze something out on my own, and not from a beautician, I still have a lot of dimples and red spots that easily appeared and with great difficulty went away. During these almost six months, all the spots have disappeared, new ones heal much better and go away faster. For me, this is a victory worth the money invested - finally, I have normal white cheeks again. Clarisonic advises using their signature cleanser, but I don't think it's necessary. I wash my face with a gentle LibreDerm hyaluronic foam, and together they work great.
Last fall I was looking for something to revive my face, since in general the year for the skin turned out to be very bad due to serious problems with the nervous system. And now it’s autumn, the face looks like a burnt peach, it’s impossible to clean the pores, it didn’t help the horse, nor did the masks, and the face began to clog up enough. Then all the blogs broadcast about the wonderful Clarisonic brush, they say, regular use will replace going to the beautician, it was just what you needed. But the Clarisonic itself was (and still is) quite expensive, so I started looking for a relatively inexpensive analogue, such that it also did not rotate, but vibrated, Almea had not yet released its own, so there was not much choice. This is how I found Gezatone's Sonicleanse.
The mechanism of work is similar to Clarisonic: it does not rotate, but vibrates. I use it once a day, 5-6 times a week, usually this morning. The very class is to remove all residues after the clay mask or use in the evening before exfoliation. It helped a lot to overcome the period when everything peeled off and it was impossible to pull out at least something from the pores. Charging is enough for 2-2.5 weeks of daily use on average. The set includes three attachments: regular, for sensitive skin, for peeling. Works in three modes: standard, accelerated and pulsating. With her, you can safely do facial cleansing less often.
Foreo LUNA Mini
I bought the Foreo LUNA Mini a year and a half ago in Amsterdam, when I was still able to walk into a cosmetics store and leave with one thing. It was the best cosmetic purchase in my life, albeit the most expensive one - I reassured myself that a silicone brush does not require regular investments, expensive washers or new spare parts. Now she has probably already reached self-sufficiency.
It's just a very well thought-out device - you need to charge Foreo every six months, it is not afraid of water, vibrates well, but without excessive enthusiasm. I especially like that the gadget was invented in Sweden - this can be seen from the way the brush lies in the hand and looks on the shelf. And it just does its job well - the skin is better looking and more pleasant to the touch. It should be noted here that over the past year and a half, my oily and problem skin has changed radically, and although this is more the merit of my cosmetologist, Foreo certainly played a role. Even if this is not so, I am simply soothed by his buzzing, which (as it seems to me) washes away all the city dirt mixed with sins and suffering. I have heard that such devices can injure the skin, and although I did not notice anything like that, just in case I use the brush only in the evenings (after all, this takes a minute and a half, and in the morning they are harder to find).
If you do not trust me, let me inform you that Sky Ferreira, objectively one of the best and most beautiful people on earth, confessed her love for Foreo. She rightly notes that the brush can also be used as a sex toy - and although I am in this case in favor of the division of labor, this is another reason to persuade myself to buy.
In fact, Braun's facial brushes are not complete cleansing devices, but simply attachments for facial epilators. I don’t remember exactly which model my brush was mounted on, but the set looked very solid: the handle on which the epilator or the brush clings, the brush and epilator themselves, a cosmetic bag, another brush for cleansing hair and a cool illuminated mirror. On the handle there is an element rotating in different directions, and a brush was attached to it. Here she did not look very: the hairs are thick, hard, unpleasant, even if you run them over your fingers, not to mention the face.
Usually, such brushes are not cleaned by clumsy left-right rotation, but thanks to some more foggy technologies, like Clarisonic, for example. But I didn't have it then, so for a whole month I regularly drove it over my face in the evening along with some kind of thermonuclear Korean foam. I would argue that it was the merit of the foam, not the brush, but the face became much smoother in a couple of weeks. The magic, however, disappeared with the application of the tone, but for those happy hours after washing my face before the morning make-up, I even seem to be grateful to this brush. Although she scratched my face all these weeks, during this short period she taught me not to skip the evening cleansing under any pretext, so much so that she still does not let go. All I have left of the brush is this crazy magnifying mirror from the set, which I always have at work, and I test varnishes on it.
Pobling Sonic Pore Cleansing Brush
I have been using the Pobling Sonic Pore Cleansing Brush for a year and a half almost daily in the evenings. I wash my face with any gel, I don't pick up a special one. It is inconvenient to wash off soap and masks with it, therefore I use it exclusively when washing with gel. My brush does not rotate, but only pulses pleasantly. I ordered it in China, and before buying it, I squeezed Foreo LUNA and Clarisonic. The first seemed to me useless from the word at all (okay, useless for $ 120), the second - somehow not soft and large enough. I don’t remember how I learned about electric brushes, before that I washed my face with an ordinary hand brush. I read the reviews on irecommend.ru: I was bribed by the fact that people even washed the area around the eyes with it, it is so delicate.
To be honest, I live in a world where acne and pores depend on hormonal levels, so I just bought a brush to indulge in and out of laziness: the hand brush was worn out and I thought that I could buy a mechanical one and make fewer body movements. I did not see any difference in the condition of the skin before and after. There are too many factors besides the brush. Therefore, I think that in a decent society "the brush saved my face" is not said. I have been using it for so long for a number of reasons: firstly, it is beautiful. Secondly, vibration is, first of all, a pleasant and, perhaps, useful massage.It relaxes and adds one minute to think about the eternal in your soul. Thirdly, I once tested in a store either matte lipsticks or eyeliners, and they remained on my hand. I decided to rub it with my regular face wash, but (sorry) the swatch didn't wash off until I rubbed it with a brush. I decided that even if the result is not visible to the naked eye, the chance that I wash "cleaner" increases. So I continue. After a year and a half, the brush looks the same as when it was purchased; it has not lost its shape and rigidity. Conclusion - not my most wasted money.
I have a Philips Visapure with a whole set of brushes: once I worked with Philips and even before entering the Russian market, the brush bribed me with the announced list of benefits, which included cleansing, peeling, and massage. But I bought it myself - more precisely, I asked my friends to give it to me for my birthday. When my job was to find out what women think, what women want or fear, I found that women tend to exaggerate their problems. For example, buying everything that is gentle, for sensitive skin, although in fact they have it not at all sensitive. Such is the subconscious self-care. Knowing this, I thought that the quivering fairy was not my style, and immediately began to use a brush for normal leather. The red spots made it clear that it is better to start with a quivering fairy in mechanical means. I switched to a softer brush for sensitive skin.
It is important that the brush must be used with a cleanser, it softens friction. Through experience, I found that it definitely should not be foams and gels - everything that deprives the skin of the lipid layer. The skin becomes more sensitive, and mechanical friction irritates it. For me, hydrophilic oil turned out to be ideal. It is applied to dry skin and then washed off with water. I did not rinse off immediately, but moistened the brush with hot water to soften it as much as possible, and then cleaned my face with it. The oil softened very well, and I did not have any irritation. There is a useful feature on my brush - a built-in timer. The brush stops working after a certain period of time, making it clear that it is enough to rub one area and it's time to move on to the next. This is for people like me, lovers to clean up to a squeak. With oil, squeak will not work in any case, and generally less is better until you customize the system for yourself.
After the brush, I always wiped my face with a soothing tonic - this is basically useful. For myself, I discovered a tonic with Kiehl’s calendula, it’s just a gift. It also gently relieves irritation, and the skin after it is very well-groomed, as if polished. And then I applied either a nourishing mask or cream. The best result was with some kind of Chinese mask, which seems to be made of water. That was when I first saw my skin like that of Korean women, with a delicate moist sheen. I used the peeling brush less often, because in principle it is already peeling. And in general, in the end I only used one brush. If without oil, she could clean some rough spots on the skin with it, and they smoothed out. But in principle, if you wash your face regularly, questions with superficial peeling should not arise. I washed my face with a brush only in the evening, about every other day. But this is not because the ideal regime, but simply too lazy sometimes to bother. Another thing I liked about Philips was the long handle. This is both familiar and more convenient than an object that fits in the palm of your hand.
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