On the hunt for the best cleansing brush? We've rounded up facial brushes to target every skin concern, from oily t-zones and acne to dry complexions.
Once a mere marvel and now a bathroom mainstay, the cleansing brush perches on the shelves of the chicest homes and the most complexion savvy of women. Why? Because these gadgets have proved they’re no gimmick; they’re a sure-fire way of banishing a slew of skin concerns and cleaning deeper than your fingertips ever could.
One of those concerns is pollution. Think it’s not a problem for your complexion? Think again, as studies show that pollutant particles can stick to your skin cells and wreak havoc. A scattering of dark spots, a dull pallor and accelerated ageing are just some of the skin woes that can crop up on faces regularly exposed to toxic air.
A cleansing brush can tackle such particles – as well as makeup and the day-to-day grime that clings to your skin – in a way that no amount of cleansing balm can do alone. And because, as it spins, oscillates or vibrates, it’s sweeping away dead cells, it clears the way for your toners and moisturisers to absorb much deeper, and work much harder. Now, if that’s not an incentive for bountiful buffing, we don’t know what is.
They require little maintenance, too – though the heads need replacing every 2-3 months, if you keep your brush somewhere cool and dry, you shouldn’t struggle with bacteria build-up. If you’re a first-time buffer and your skin is fragile, ease in by scrubbing skin 1-2 times a week first, before building up to a daily cleanse as your pores become used to the purging.
Keep clicking through to see our pick of the best cleansing brushes…
Smart is an understatement when talking about the newest Clarisonic. From the brand that brought buffing brushes to the masses comes Smart Profile, a tool that’s able to detect where your skin craves deeper or gentler scrubbing, and automatically adjusts to meet your needs.
It’s impossible not to be impressed as it revs up the speed around an oily t-zone, offering cleansing that’s 11 times better than a manual lather and scrub. But its talents don’t stop there; it can turn its hand to limbs with the switch of a brush head, while an interface tells you when the brushes need replacing or it’s time to charge it up. Trust us – cleansing brushes don’t get more advanced than this high-tech buffing number.
Jet setters enjoy; this palm-sized device tucks neatly in your toiletry bag, and offers superlative cleansing in the most efficient and travel-friendly of ways. Don’t let the unconventional shape mislead you, as this little number uses gentle vibrations to shake loose’ grime and dirt, unblock clogged pores and boost cell metabolism.
All those perks add up to the LUNA Mini being so much more than a travel cleansing brush. With its lack of abrasive bristles and kind yet effective touch, it’s the perfect pick for those with sensitive skin that’s prone to stubborn blemishes.
The stripe of mint green bristles at the top of the Clinique cleansing brush isn’t just for show. Here, the strands are much firmer and more tightly packed for use across an oily t-zone. It’s a clever little detail on a brush intended to cater to every skin type, from the coarse and congested, to delicate cheeks that will love the attention of the white zone.
Speaking of the white zone, its softer bristles are super flexible, making it easy to wiggle the brush into every crevice – including the curves of your nose. Combined with the slim design and pleasingly lightweight feel of the tool, you can buff away and switch between green and white bristles without giving yourself arm ache.
One for city dwellers, this sonic cleansing tool marries a grime-blitzing silicone brush with ionic technology to tackle polluted pores. As the oscillating head sweeps away dirt and oil, a negative ion charge works like a magnet to pull positively charged toxins and pollutants from the surface of your skin.
But it’s not just the powerful face and body brush that makes this kit a mean cleansing ally, as it also includes a cleansing gel, a reparative serum and the Crystal Polish. The polish gives the buffing of the brush a microdermabrasion-like upgrade, which should be harnessed once a week to dig out dead cells and deeper debris.
Not just a cleansing brush, this multi-tasking beauty tool boasts a built-in epilator for removing facial fuzz with true precision. The slim head is home to 10 micro-openings, allowing it to catch the finest of hairs at super speed, with the tapered nib keeping tricky-to-tame eyebrows in check.
But fuzz-blitzing is just one of the gadget’s features, with the cleansing attachment buffing and brushing skin back to its best using hundreds of micro-oscillations per minute. Think of it as a face-smoother in every sense, made even better with the light up, magnified mirror and sturdy pouch that come with it.
If you’re keen to dip a toe into the cleansing brush market without breaking the bank, No7 and its nifty little buffing tool have got your complexion covered. Though it’s not armed with the same sonic technology of other more costly brushes, it ticks all the boxes for those who seek polished pores and a speedier way to remove makeup.
The brush comes with two scrubbing settings, allowing you to customise your cleanse. We advise using the lowest level for your cheeks and eye makeup removal, then cranking up to the higher speed to unblock clogged pores on your chin, nose and forehead.
This is quite the dreamy beauty tool. To be used with Olay’s Regenerist Skin Perfecting Cleanser (a bottle comes with the brush), it harnesses spinning bristles that whizz over your pores to deplete dulling dead skin cells. The result, they promise, is a complexion that’s more receptive to the final steps of your regimen – meaning your anti-ageing serums and creams are absorbed that much deeper.
A word of wisdom: a lighter hand works better with this brush, as gently skimming it over your skin allows the rotating bristles to buff unencumbered. Happy cleansing.