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Sure, a little cleanser and your fingers probably get your skin pretty clean. And just like you don’t need a facial weekly, you probably don’t need to use a cleansing brush daily. But that doesn’t meant it’s not effective. Regular exfoliation removes dead skin cells, which give your skin a dull look and helps your body produce new, younger-looking skin cells. Plus, the makers of cleansing brushes promise they will unclog your pores, improving the look of black heads and preventing pimples. Here we break down the details on four of the newest and most popular brushes.

 

Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System

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How it works:
This rotating, waterproof (shower-friendly) brush works best with Olay Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser (which comes with the brush). The brush has two speeds and replacement heads can be purchased. While it would definitely work with your usual cleanser, you won’t get as deep an exfoliation with another product. But, beware using your own exfoliating product as you don’t want to dry out or damage your skin. This is a system that’s been designed to work together.

Who it’s for:
At the very low end of the price spectrum, this is for the person who’s a bit cynical about cleansing brushes and wants to see results before making a bigger investment.

Does it do the job?
Yes. This brush will get your face clean and will definitely exfoliate, but remember to use the brush and cleanser as a system.

Price:
$25 at Well.ca

 

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

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How it works:
This is also a waterproof, bristled cleansing brush but it has two different types of bristles: one for using on the cheeks and other more sensitive or dry areas on the face, and the other for using on the nose, forehead and anywhere skin is oily. The harder working bristles for oily skin are green and form a soft angle at the top for targeting hard to reach places like the grooves next to the nose. The brush uses a sonic movement that feels like vibration and features anti-microbial bristles so it stays clean for up to three months (remember to rinse it after use, though).

Who it’s for:
Those with combination skin—sensitive, dry skin in some places and oily in others. You can also purchase a cleansing head specifically for acne-prone skin. There’s also a Clinique brush just for men.

Does it do the job?
Yes. This is a great brush for those with more sensitive skin as you have the option of which bristles to use. It will get skin clean without over-drying it.

Price:
$99 at Clinique.ca.

Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System

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How it works:
This skincare brush was created by the makers of the Sonicare toothbrush. The first of its kind, the bristles on this brush move back and forth more than 300 times per second and it promises to remove makeup six times better than other methods. The Clarisonic Mia brush is available in either a one speed, two speed, or three speed option. You can also buy different brush heads for the body.

Who it’s for:
The Clarisonic is a good all-around brush. If your skin is on the sensitive side, you could get the Mia original, with just one speed, or opt for the Mia2 and switch between speeds depending on how deep a clean you want. It’s also a good brush for someone who wants to exfoliate their body as well, since you can buy separate body brush heads.

Does it do the job?
Yes. The Clarisonic cleanses and gently massages skin for a brighter-looking complexion.

Price:
$145 to $230, depending on the brush, at Sephora.

 

Foreo Luna

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How it works:
The Foreo Luna is different because it’s made of silicone with tiny little cleansing nubs on the brush surface. It also features two different sizes of what the company calls “touch points” for different skin types or areas of the face. Each brush features multiple touch points, but you can buy specific brushes for sensitive skin, sensitive/normal skin, or combination skin. There’s also a separate Luna for men, as well as a Luna mini, which features three different sized touch points so you get the best of each brush in a smaller package.

The full-size Luna features two types of pulsations. One is sonic for deep cleansing, the other is lower-frequency and promises to improve the signs of aging.

Who it’s for:
The full size Luna is for someone who wants the latest technology and knows their skin type, because you can’t replace the brush heads. The mini delivers the technology without the anti-aging promise, but at a lower price, and is suitable for all skin types.

Does it do the job?

Yes. You’ll notice softer skin and fewer clogged pores.

Price:
$159 to $229, depending on the model and system, at Sephora.

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