Facial Cleansing Brushes – Not twice a day!

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Facial Cleansing Brushes – Not twice a day! Facial Cleansing Brushes have been out for some time now…

It is a handheld device that contains a battery operated motor.  The motor causes a repetitive motion that aids you in cleaning your face.

Some devices will use a circular motion, and other devices may use a back and forth motion. There are also brushes that vibrate instead of moving very much. The motor-function combined with the bristles, allowing you to exfoliate while you give your pores a deep cleanse.

The LA Skincare facial cleansing brushes oscillates at a high frequency.  This creates a crazy amount of cleansing movement per second.  These brushes claim to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as offering a deep cleansing action.

The LA Skincare facial cleansing brushes include a timed shut-off.   They are rechargeable too.

The timed cleansing combined with the constant pressure can offer a more standardized cleansing method than just using your hands.  Sounds good doesn’t it?

What to look out for…

Now, there are different types of brushes.  There are ones with bristles and one’s with silicone.  I would highly recommend ditching the brush and going for the silicone head.

They are much easier to keep clean and germ free.  Have a look at my myth busting.

The brushes have their place, it is just not what I would recommend.  So, go silicone!!  

Are Facial Cleansing Brushes Good For All Skin Types?

Normal Skin: If you have normal skin, you can use your facial cleansing brushes more often.  Dermatologists agree that you probably don’t want to use it more often than every other day.  However, if your skin is especially thick and isn’t sensitive, you may be able to use it daily.

Normal skin can handle a micro polishing brush with various heads to switch from daily to weekly treatments.

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Oily Skin: If your skin is on the oilier side, you can probably use your facial cleansing brushes on a daily basis without any ill effects.  Your excess oil will protect your skin from over-drying.  It will most likely become much less prone to breakouts once you start using the facial cleansing brush regularly.

Dry Skin: Dry skin may feel tight if the cleansing device is overused!!  Listen to your skin.  You may want to limit your exfoliating treatments to once or twice per week.  Also, make sure you are diligent with your moisturising routine.  Hydration and SPF are key when exfoliating more.

Exfoliation can have a bit of a drying effect, but if you are careful not to overuse the tool or skip your moisturiser, you should still be able to enjoy the deep cleansing benefits.  Maybe use on a lower setting.  If sensitivity occurs, please leave using your brush for a few days, until it has calmed down.

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Combination Skin: If you have combination skin, you may want to limit your brush usage to a few times per week.  This is to avoid drying out the already dry areas.

If your skin is more normal/oily, you can likely use it every other day without issue.  Pay attention to both areas of your skin to make sure that you are not irritating things.  A lower setting on your facial cleansing brush works well for combination skin.

Sensitive Skin: If you have sensitive skin, then you will want to be a bit more careful when making the switch to facial cleansing brushes.

You will likely only want to use the brush a maximum of two times per week.  You can consider it more of a treatment than a daily cleansing device.  Try not to change your cleansing products immediately after or before introducing the brush.  This will be beneficial if you have a reaction to the brush or the process.  You can be sure that any irritation is from the tool and not the new cleanser.

When using the brush, don’t press down too hard or use the device for too long.  If your device’s instructions recommend usage in a spread of time like 2-3 minutes, use for the lower number.

Please note:  Avoid using facial cleansing brushes if you are suffering from psoriasis or an eczema flare-up.  You also do not want to use the brush on skin that is sunburned or broken.  After an aggressive facial treatment like microdermabrasion, you will need to avoid your facial brush for the length of time specified by your skin therapist.

****For those more mature skins, I know it is tempting to over use this device as your skin feels so good.  But you don’t want to damage your lipid barrier!!!  This can cause more aging and damage to you skin!!****

Get the right advice

People are quick to share their not so great experiences or assume how a cleansing brush should be used (without asking first).

As a result, there’s a lot of misinformation and confusion out there.  Some people say twice a day (to me this is a BIG NO NO!!)  Listen to your skin, or seek advice from a skin care specialist/therapist.

Let me clarify one thing first!  Cleansing brushes are nothing to be afraid of. There are so many common misconceptions about cleansing brushes, so I am sharing some myths that are going around.

Lots of love

This is all said with love, I know many people have different opinions and that is absolutely fine.  Facial Cleansing Brushes – Not twice a day!  The biggest piece of advice I always say is:

‘Listen to your skin!!’

If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  These should not cause any damage to your skin, if used correctly for YOUR skin!

Much love.

Louisa Ashforth Signature

Facial Cleansing Brushes - Not twice a day!