First there was the Clarisonic. Now, there’s a variety of face polishers on the market. With so many versions—promising so many improvements to your complexion—which one do you choose? Is it even worth adding one of these pricy devices to your beauty regimen? We’ve scoped out the top face-cleansing brushes and done the research so you don’t have to!
The Clarisonic, which is made in the U.S, is the original face-cleansing brush, but as time has passed, the brand has added multiple versions of the classic model. Each model goes up in price based on the number of speeds. You can also purchase interchangeable brush heads that are each designed for different skin ailments, such as sensitive or acne-prone skin. The latest Clarisonic creation is the Opal, an anti-aging eye corrector brush that reduces puffiness and dark circles and maximizes absorption of wrinkle-care products. Another breakthrough product is the Pedi, a device that makes feet so soft, you’ll be sandal-ready at a moment’s notice. $99-265, Clarisonic
- Pros: Clarisonic claims there is clinical proof that its devices clean six times better than hands alone, leaves skin soft and radiant and provides better absorption of products like Vitamin C.
- Cons: You have to replace the brush every three months (the average brush price is $30). It can be irritating or too abrasive if your skin is sensitive.
Foreo Luna and Foreo Luna Mini
The Foreo face polishers are the least complicated, most compact, and prettiest looking of those we reviewed. The Swedish brand offers two models: Luna and Luna Mini. The Luna has eight speeds and three different models to choose from, depending upon your skin type. The Luna Mini is smaller in size, has two speeds and is suitable for all skin types. According to the company’s website, the nonporous brush is made from silicone, which eliminates bacteria buildup, “making it 35 times more hygienic than standard sonic-cleaning brushes.” Both Foreo brushes cleanse the face, while minimizing wrinkles and fine lines. $199 ($139 for mini), Foreo
- Pros: As opposed to Clarisonic, the Foreo doesn’t require you to replace the brush. Reviewers said it is “revolutionary,” “minimizes pores,” and “brightens skin.”
- Cons: While the reviews are glowing overall, some reviewers didn’t see a difference in their skin. Although Foreo promises you will see changes within three days, reviewers noted it more commonly takes about two weeks to see results.
The Silk’n Sonic has a micro-fiber bristle brush to remove dry and flaky skin cells while cleansing pores and smoothing wrinkles. The device can be used on all skin types, has two speed settings and two function modes: vibrating and pulsating. Vibrating mode increases the flow of oxygen to the skin for improved blood circulation, while pulsating improves skin’s elasticity. The device comes with three brushes for different skin needs. One is for regular cleansing, one is for sensitive skin, and the third is to use on your body. $89, Silk’n
- Pros: Comes with three interchangeable brushes and can be used on your body and face. One reviewer loved the handy charging stand, while another said that this brush was just as effective as expensive competitors but for a more affordable price.
- Cons: The brush head needs to be replaced every three months. Two replacement brushes will set you back $25.
Spa Sonic Skin Care System
Like the Silk’n SonicCleanPlus, the Chinese-made Spa Sonic comes with various brushes (two small for face and one large for body), buffer, pumice and battery pack. Originally created for upscale spas and salons in the U.S., the creators are now selling the device to the public. The brush heads were designed by dermatologists to make sure skin gets a deep clean without becoming irritated. Reviews for this face polisher were truly across the board. $48-51, Target
- Pros: Reviewers said “it’s a great value, “loved the versatility of having a face and body brush in one,” and noticed “improved skin tone.”
- Cons: Users claimed it is noisy and “lacked the technology and frequency of the Clarisonic.”
Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush
Developed by dermatologists and Swiss engineered, Clinique’s latest tool is garnering lots of attention. It works on all skin types, but you can switch out the brush head for one that specifically fights acne. The angled brush is designed to hit the t-zone and is said to have a softer, gentler brush than its competitors. Users recommend giving your skin a week to 10 days to get used to the brush, and expect improved skin within two weeks. $90, Clinique
- Pros: Of all the brushes we reviewed, this one had the best reviews across the board. One reviewer called it a “miracle brush,” while another said “it leaves skin smooth and looking younger.”
- Cons: One user said that “the brush sometimes turns on by itself” and another noted that “it has problems charging.”
The ProSonic GLOW Cleansing & Exfoliation Brush Set
The ProSonic comes with four brush heads, three speeds, cleanser, cream and a charger. It uses patented multi-directional Sonic Oscillation & Pulsation Technology to clean skin, reduce lines and wrinkles, and improve skin absorption of products. Unfortunately, you should steer clear of the ProSonic. Although some reviewers saw an improved difference in their skin, the majority complained of everything from constant breakage to sparking and shocking skin. $99-140, Make Me Heal
- Pros: Some users saw an improvement in skin tone after just a few uses.
- Cons: Too many to list! There were more bad reviews than good.
If you decide to purchase a face polisher, know that your skin may need time to get used to the brush. Your best bet is to start by using the brush twice a week. If your skin is reacting well, build up to four times a week, alternating every other day. Oftentimes, if you’re using daily, these brushes are giving your face such a deep clean that they can strip the skin of its natural oils or pull everything right to the surface, causing breakouts. That’s not to say that face polishers don’t improve skin tone and offer anti-aging benefits. You just need to find the right balance.
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