08 Jun 2018
6 devices that will take washing your face to the next level
With Clarisonic, the go-to facial cleansing device that everyone has been familiar with for so long, off the shelves in Singapore, what are cleansing gadget devotees going to do? Here are six tools that you can try instead.
08 Jun 2018
Best for normal skin: Aprilskin All Kill Pore Brush, $16
Expectation: A dual-sided cleansing brush, it boasts 400,000 micro-fine bristles that effectively yet gently cleans away dirt from the skin on one side, and a silicone brush to remove bacteria trapped in pores to prevent clogging, blackheads and blemishes on the other.
Reality: Because it is a manual cleansing brush, you have to be careful not to get carried away during use. With the uneven bristle length of the brush, it feels like my skin is really cleansed as the bristles are able to lift dirt that might have been trapped in the pores. The silicone brush on the other side is great for areas that need a little more help, such as around the nose to clean out the pores of dirt to prevent blackheads.
However, as the bristles are very densely packed together, getting it completely dry each time after use can be a little tricky if your bathroom does not get a lot of sun.
08 Jun 2018
Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, $169
Expectation: A dermatologist-developed and Swiss-engineered cleansing device, it delivers 10,000 vibrations per second, promising optimal cleansing each and every time. The brush also boasts two different bristle types to boost cleansing efficiency.
The Reality: A light and compact device, this fits really comfortably in my small-ish hands, which makes it a breeze to use. The dual-bristle brush head is quite unique too. Unlike most cleansing brushes that are round, this has a better ergonomic oval shape that is better at reaching those hard-to-clean places, like around the nose. The slightly stiffer bristles found at the tip of the brush are also great at cleaning out the grime and dirt around the nose and even hair line, where my oil glands often seem to work overtime.
And while this device is programmed to ensure that you don’t over-cleanse your face, it can get annoying as it automatically shuts off at the 30-second; I keep having to switch it back on to finish off my cleansing routine.
08 Jun 2018
Best for sensitive skin: Foreo Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin, $319
Expectation: A silicone cleansing device for sensitive skins, it has a flexible brush head that allows greater ease in conforming to the contours of the face while still being super gentle on the skin. It comes with 12 different intensities and 8,000 T-Sonic pulsations for a more efficient cleansing. Additionally, the reverse side can also be used to massage the skin as it delivers low frequency pulsations to soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Reality: The entire routine takes 2-minutes for both the Cleansing and Anti-Ageing modes, not including the pauses in-between when you wash your face and apply your skincare products.
Conveniently enough, the device beeps every 15 seconds during the Cleansing phase to remind you move the device to a new zone for cleaning — right side, left side, forehead and nose. It also has a memory function that remembers your preferred intensity setting, so you don’t have to fiddle around every time you use it.
With its silicone bristles, it feels more hygienic than the regular bristle brushes, and makes washing and keeping it clean and dry much easier as well. The vibrations can be quite strong, so it can be rather ticklish at times. However, it was still gentle enough and didn’t irritate my somewhat sensitive skin.
Once cleansing is over, I applied my skincare, then used the reverse side of the Foreo on the Anti-Ageing mode, as advised, to massage my skin and help boost the penetration of the active ingredients for even better anti-ageing benefits.
09 Jun 2018
Best for acne-prone skin: Medicube Pore Brush, $19
Expectation: This dual-sided brush that promises to clean the skin and pores effectively. The brush contains microfine bristles — 0.05mm in diameter, to lift away dirt and impurities on the skin while the silicone brush pad, on the back, gently exfoliates and removes dead skin cells.
The Reality: Since this is a manual cleansing brush, you control the intensity of your cleansing. But thankfully the bristles are super soft — it feels just like one of those flat-top foundation brushes — so it doesn’t scratch the skin.
And as the brand is well-known for its anti-acne products, it’s no wonder that one of the plus points is that the bristles are really gentle on the skin. So it won’t irritate or aggravate acne-prone skins.
In addition, you can run the entire brush under water without fear of ruining any electrical parts or circuitry.
09 Jun 2018
Best For First-Timers: Miniso Electric Facial Massage Cleansing Tool, $11.90
Expectation: This affordable device delivers over 10,000 vibrations per minute, which deeply cleanses the skin effectively, leaving it clean and clear. The brush head contains 15,000 bristles, which are soft to the touch, so it won’t scratch the skin.
Reality: Miniso's cleansing brush only comes with the one speed, so if your skin is sensitive and prone to breakouts, this might not be the right one for you. That said, the vibrations are strong enough to give the face a good cleansing.
The bristles aren’t as soft as the other devices in this list, but still gentle enough and won't irritate most skin types.
Best bit? Remove the brush head and you can use this as a gentle facial massage tool to help the active ingredients of your skincare products absorb better into the skin. The vibrations a little too strong for the face? Place the tool along the shoulders to relieve dull aches.
More importantly, the price is easy on the wallet, making it an affordable facial cleansing device for first-timers.
09 Jun 2018
Best for dry skin (and beauty gadget pros): ReFa Clear, $360
Expectation: Using a unique 3D Sonic Ion Technology, this device doesn’t just oscillate as most cleansing devices do. Instead, it utilises 360-degree vibrations or micro-movements that effectively remove dirt from the skin. In addition, the device is negatively charged for a more effective and deeper cleansing as it repels grime embedded in our positively charged skin.
Reality: This has got to be the, or one of the, softest cleansing devices I’ve ever tried. The dense brush head is extremely soft on the skin, and felt like I was using a puff to wash my face. And no matter how much pressure I applied, it still felt really gentle.
This comes with three different settings — Soft, Clean and Deep. The vibrations on the Soft setting was pretty strong, by my reckoning, but still felt comfortable. The Deep setting left my skin feeling thoroughly cleansed and super soft, as if I just did a light exfoliation on my face. And even then, it still felt comfortable on the skin.
Just an added tip: make sure that the cleanser you use has enough foam to help the brush glide around the face, as even though the timer is set to one minute, you might be surprised at just how long a minute can be.