Facial cleansing brushes are a useful option for those of us who like to directly exfoliate our skin or clean it thoroughly before bed. They’re faster and feel far less messy than relying on a scrub or chemical exfoliation product. After all, you simply need to turn the brush on and carefully apply it to your face. This relaxed attitude is what contributes to the popularity of cleansing brushes. Unfortunately, all these seeming benefits are saddled with a shadow reputation alongside it. Plenty of people appear willing to claim that facial cleansing brushes hurt their skin in some way. The nature response is to assume that one of these claims is true while the other isn’t. We want to believe in a simple answer. In truth, facial cleansing brushes have their issues just like any other means of cleaning the skin. You just need to be aware of the basic safety rules for keeping your skin healthy when using them.
Wash The Brush Head
One of the bigger mistakes that you can make when using a cleansing brush is to forget to wash the brush head itself. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a simpler brush that requires you to do the scrubbing, a rotary headed brush, or any other form of the device. You need to wash the brush. Unlike with other methods of cleansing the face, brushes pick up and retain the debris that they’re helping clean away from your skin. All the oils, grime, makeup, and other things your skin has picked up end up getting stuck on the brush. Not all of them, but enough of them get caught that you need to wash the brush head regularly. We honestly suggest giving it a good rinse after each use and a thorough cleaning every few weeks just to be sure. A rinse just means targeting the edges of the brush head that are closest to your face while a thorough cleaning will work from the depths of the brush outwards to get as much out of the brush as possible. Remember to clean it will help reduce the chance for any form of infection on your skin from using the brush.
Remember That You’re Exfoliating
Another common problem is that people don’t pause to think about the fact that a cleansing brush is actually acting similarly to a scrub or powder on your skin. Many people continue to do their normal cleansing and exfoliation routine even after beginning to use a brush to clean up quickly in the evenings. This presents a problem. You can easily end up over-exfoliating your skin without ever really thinking about it. It will become drier and overall look redder. Sometimes the skin becomes sore to the touch. Putting this much stress routinely on your skin will begin to cause lasting problems. Inflamed skin is more susceptible to other sources of damage as well as being likely to react in such a way as to start skin conditions. So learn to be mindful of your skincare routine if you’re going to use a cleansing brush regularly. Failing to remember your routine could lead you to start hurting your skin unintentionally.
Remember To Moisturize
Following up on our previous point, it is best to remember that exfoliating your skin even lightly needs a degree of aftercare. We recommend sticking to using your brush in the evenings to ensure you get the most out of it as well as ensuring that you give your skin a little time to recover. After using the brush, apply an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type. This will help guard against dry skin and help soothe any irritation. Most of the time you won’t need to worry about anything further. However, you can use the brush as part of your evening routine as a whole. Taking this approach will mean it is the last thing you do when cleaning your skin before applying your product. In these cases, don’t forget to apply your serum before your move to use a moisturizer. A hydrating serum can be a particularly good addition in this case as it will add ever further resilience to your skin to help ensure you can make the most of exfoliating with a brush with the fewest problems.
Exfoliating brushes aren’t really the perfect tool or a horrible choice waiting to happen. They’re a standard skincare tool that requires you to know what you’re doing to make the most of them. It doesn’t even take that much effort. You only need to remember to care properly for your skin after using one and make sure to keep the brush clean. Following our simple guidelines should let you make that most of a brush if you choose to use one. Consider giving it a try if you’re adjusting your routine, but you don’t need to switch to a brush because it is a superior option.