They All Cleanse And Polish Your Pores – But Which Should You Choose?
Facial cleansing brushes come in both battery operated, with throw away/replace batteries and electric face cleansing brushes which are rechargeable, they operate with a lithium battery like a razor or toothbrush and recharge for up to two weeks use – roughly what you get from a battery model before the batteries need replacing.
I started with a really cheap cheapie on the grounds it wouldn’t work for me and upgraded to an electric face brush when it obviously did and the outlay of buying batteries got silly.
There is another reason for going electric and that’s price over time – the cost of continually replacing the batteries. You can use rechargeable batteries but they last 2 uses and need to be charged again, so keep that in your calculations.
And finally in favor of electric over battery, is motor power.
If you press a little too firmly with a battery model like the Olay then the brush slow or stops rotating, just like a toothbrush. Personally I find the Olay just fine and don’t want to press more firmly, but others do.
Actually if you have very sensitive skin then this can equally be seen as a good thing and prevent skin irritation.
Canvassing colleagues on the subject of facial cleansing was way easier than I’d thought, in fact once word got out, emails came flying in from teachers I barely knew.
The results were an eye opener in that I’d expected more of us to prefer the upmarket Clarisonic range – but guess what comes out on top for cost and performance? The Olay Pro X by 17 votes out of 38 respondents and the rest of the 38 were made up as shown against the model.
When looking at these comparisons, keep in mind that several of us have the Olay for holidays or long weekends and use an electric facial brush at home, which does tilt the figures back towards electric powered rechargeable models. I reiterate, this is completely unscientific but does give you a feel for what people are using and liking.
Olay Pro X Skin Care System (17/38)
Battery operated and with two speeds, this Olay Pro X is perfect for your first facial brush and makes an ideal gift to teenagers when they want to begin skin care. Advertised as water resistant I was a bit careful using it in the shower at first but it really isn’t going to let water in.
The Olay facial brush comes with a scrub, and exfoliating wash to be exact. If you buy the Pro X or any facial brush cleanser for that matter, may I recommend using something very gentle for the first few days until your skin gets used to the new routine, and then you can safely and comfortably introduce facial lotions with words like exfoliating or scrub.
This model has a one way motion which is common and until you move to a rechargeable electric brush, which will still give your skin a thorough cleanse.
By the way, don’t stop at your neck or shoulders – you can use these all over and really get that beach body ready! This is a really good buy which performs way better than the low cost might suggest. It leaves my skin feeling clean and well massaged every time.
But – The Downsides Are…
- There’s only one brush head so no options on soft and very soft
- If you have or are prone to serious outbreaks of acne, be wary of using this or any model which rotates rather than pulses. The rotating brush can pull and irritate tiny hair follicles and actually exacerbate your existing condition. Try by all means, it doesn’t happen to everyone, but enough for me to raise a little flag
- Warning – Made of plastic, Don’t drop it onto a stone shower floor, it won’t bounce and the same goes for all of them.
An alternative to Olay is ToiletTree products (don’t you just love the name…)
ToiletTree Skin Care Face and Body Brush System (9/38)
More expensive, this water resistant Skin Care Face and Body Brush System comes complete with three brush heads, well two plus a ‘pumice’. I haven’t used this but did get 7 positive reports back, one from a friend who bought her son one because his skin was dull looking and blackheads were forming.
The reason she chose this model came down to color, it comes in a good range of colors and like Henry Ford, Black is readily available – much more likely to be used by a young man than bright pink!
Did it work? She didn’t think he’d use it, not really, but it’s been a real hit and it gets used every day.It comes in more expensive than the Olay by the way, but not by much.
The downside of course is replacing the batteries and she may upgrade him to a rechargeable on the grounds it’ll save money, but on performance of the brush, his skin has cleared right up and the blackheads are diminishing and without leaving open pores behind.
The ToiletTree Facial Brush also has a more powerful motor (I’m guessing) because it doesn’t slow or stop when you apply pressure, where the Olay will.
Sonic Cleansing Brush (3/38)
The Sonic Cleansing Brush doesn’t oscillate or rotate or pulse, it ‘kind of vibrates’ is how this one has been described to me. The Sonic comes with a lot of attachments and options on ‘lifting and firming’ as well as hydrating – go read my post on skin hydration if you believe that.
That said I’ve never tried it and four other colleagues have the Sonic and are very happy with it. One bought it for his very senior mom, who loves the gently firming motion it delivers around the jaw and neck and she uses it a couple times a week for a deeper cleanse on facial skin.
The Sonic is quite a new entrant to this market so time will tell. Reviews are largely positive on Amazon and people like the way their skin feels, with the usual grumbles about it stopping if you press too firmly or the batteries not lasting.
The other mentioned in my poll and which got favorable comments is the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System (6/38)
As we’ve seen there are plenty of battery operated much cheaper versions and many men and women start out buying a less expensive model or a non-rechargeable battery only model, very quickly to realize how invaluable an electric facial brush is to a healthy complexion.
Mainly it’s how often you need to replace the batteries that makes people look for an alternative, and there are two points you can take from this.
- Firstly people are happy with the cleansing performance of the cheaper battery operated face brushes
- Secondly people realize if they use this every day or several times a weeks as you should, then it is in fact cheaper to buy an electric version than keep replacing the darn batteries.
Most often and cash allowing, they upgrade I’d say to a Clarisonic Mia, partly because it’s ‘the’ name in this market.
From personal use and the skin care forum posts, Clarisonic is the most popular bestselling brand by a long way and there are several different models, the latest being the Mia which has been around for a few years now with no new model pushing it off its top spot – maybe they can’t improve on it further, it is in all honesty a smart product.
As of January 2014 Clarisonic have it on offer again so if you want one, click here and go grab yourself one while the offer lasts!
What Sets The Clarisonic Skin Care System Apart? (26/38)
The main difference isn’t so much between the two discussed here, but between these and the others.
Both the Clarisonic and the Erisonic have this oscillating movement combined with a variable vibration. It’s this combination which seems to get a superior clean and a great facial massage, whereas the battery operated cheapies only vibrate and some on one setting only – avoid those!
In case you were wondering, I’ve only got both because the airline lost our luggage, which didn’t look like ever turning up so it got replaced and at the time Amazon had the Clarisonic Mia on offer.
Needless to say the suitcases turned up about a week after replacing it!
The Erisonic Face & Body Cleansing System is also an electric body brush which includes a head for massage in the shower. It has 5 speeds by 3 modes and is slightly more powerful than the Clarisonic, it really comes very close in the depth of skin cleansing and may even be better, though possibly the Clarisonic has a more luxurious feel on your skin.
Both the Clarisonic and Erisonic come with several heads depending on which model you buy – check the accessories included first.
If you can afford a Clarisonic Mia, buy one is my advice – or check out the Erisonic at Amazon, because it really is an excellent facial brush at an equally excellent price.
So Which Is The Best Facial Cleansing Brush
Choosing between the two is probably down to budget or whether you’re not really sure if they are right for you.
Which would I buy today? For the battery options I’d try this Pretika SonicDermabrasion Facial Brush and if lashing out on an electric model I’d buy the Erisonic, (but right now the Clarisonic because it’s on offer). There’s little to choose between the two featured here for performance and so I’d buy on price.
Let me leave you with this question – Would you go back to a manual toothbrush? Well it’s the same with skin cleansing, once you’ve experienced how soft your skin feels and seen how radiant skin your own skin can be, you’ll be hooked!
Even if you don’t like the look of anything on offer here, do consider getting yourself the best face cleansing brush you can afford because truly, once you’ve tried one and felt the difference in your skin’s quality and softness, then looked in the mirror to see a lovely youthful glow on tired dull skin, you’ll be very glad you took the plunge.