Cleansing brushes are all over Instagram—influencers are always using these seemingly high-tech devices to wash their faces. They seem like an unnecessary purchase, because doesn’t a washcloth do the exact same thing?
There are many varieties of cleansing brushes, from manual to electronic, bristles to silicone. Silicone facial cleansing devices are the most hygenic option. They’re also gentle, easy to clean, and come in bright colorful shades!
But are these cleansing brushes really that effective? How do you know which ones to buy? We break down the basics of silicone cleansing devices, and then give our recommendations for the best ones!
What is a Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush?
A silicone cleansing brush is a device used to clean your face. It is typically powered by a rechargeable battery that moves bristles to remove dirt and oil from deep in your pores.
Are Silicone Cleansing Brushes Hygienic?
Silicone cleansing brushes are the most hygienic brush because they’re non-porous and therefore don’t harbor bacteria. Cleansing brushes can be more hygienic than washcloths or your hands, but you have to make sure to regularly clean them. Most experts would recommend cleaning the bristles after every use with soap and warm water, and then cleaning with rubbing alcohol once a week.
What are the Best Silicone Facial Cleansing Devices?
That answer depends on what your skin needs are. You can find silicone cleansing brushes at most beauty stores or online retailers, but there are some major differences between all the different brushes. We’ve broken down our favorites by category!
Best for Your Gym Bag
The Foreo Luna Mini 2 is the cutest, most compact cleansing brush. But don’t let it’s small size fool you—this little brush is packed with power that will deeply yet gently cleanse your skin after yoga, weightlifting, or a night out with your gals.
Choose one of the six bright colors, and throw it in your gym bag. A single charge can last up to 300 uses, so you don’t have to worry about plugging it in every night (and then forgetting it in the morning).
If you’re skeptical about silicone face cleansers, or just want a more affordable option, consider buying a pack of handheld manual brushes! These little brushes are flexible, easy to clean, effective, and affordable! They’re a great entry into the cleansing brush world, as you can easily use and clean them. There are a variety of these brushes available on Amazon.
The Qyksonic Zoe is a great all-around cleansing brush, but it is especially effective at applying your serums! Serums are more effective when they can penetrate your skin deeply (microneedling can do the same thing), so it’s important to bring in a device to help you along the way. You can find these at select Skin Spa New York locations also!
E.l.f. Cosmetics are known for affordable yet effective makeup and skincare products, and their Massaging Facial Cleanser is no different! It gently vibrates to deeply clean your skin, but the biggest benefit is the shape. The tapered tip allows you to easily clean hard-to-reach places, like your hairline, the side of your nose, or near your eyes. Remember, be extra gentle near your eyes!
Many people enjoy using cleansing brushes to firm and tone their skin in addition to deeply cleansing. The PMD Clean Pro RQ does both! The tool’s vibration frequency cleans and tones at the same time, giving you a deep clean that also helps your skin look younger.