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How to use a facial brush – and see results


How to use electric face brush and how to use a manual facial brush

At home facial “tools” – like electronic facial brushes – are gaining in popularity. And while these brushes are a great way to maintain the results of your professional facial at home, they’re not a replacement for the real thing. But don’t worry! Your skin can benefit from a combination of the right at-home skin care and the best professional solutions. Here are a few tips for anyone wondering how to use a facial brush the right way:

How to use a manual facial brush

A brush is only as good as the knowledge of the one who uses it.

This sounds like an ancient proverb, but stick with us here. One of the greatest differences between the experiences you’ll have with an at-home facial brush and a professional facial is how the brush is used.

An esthetician has had extensive training on the physiology of the skin, and knows how varying degrees of pressure can have a great affect on it – some added pressure is beneficial in areas, while pressure in other areas should be avoided. They also know that over-cleansing and over-exfoliating can harm the skin – so don’t use an at-home brush more than once a day. That being said, you can absolutely use an exfoliating face brush at home with the right knowledge.

Firstly, opt for a manual face brush instead of an electronic face brush, because electronic face brushes can easily over-exfoliate and irritate your skin.

Secondly, always start with makeup-free skin. That’s right. In order to get a deep clean, you need to remove all makeup from the face with a dedicated makeup remover. Without that step, a facial brush would just be spinning concealer, mascara and foundation around and into the pores.

Once your skin is makeup free, apply a high quality cleanser to your face. Wet the facial brush and massage cleanser into skin with small circular motions using gentle pressure then rinse with warm water. Use a manual face brush 1-3 times a week.

Many people waste time and money searching for the best cleansing brush for sensitive skin or a cleansing brush for acne, but you should avoid using a facial brush on sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, or skin that is sunburned or has any open lesions on it, as it can aggravate these conditions.


Best cleanser to use with a facial brush

A brush is only as good as the cleanser you use with it. This is a big one. Some at-home electronic facial brushes come with their own cleanser. Pay attention to this! One cleanser can’t work for all skin types. It can’t hydrate dry skin while absorbing excess oil and shine for oily skin types, while balancing combination skin.

So ditch the one-size-fits-all skin care and ask yourself: What is my skin type? Once you know, you can choose a cleanser formulated specifically for you with a gentle but effective facial brush.

Think of it this way. You wouldn’t get a great espresso machine and then use generic coffee beans with it, would you?


Dry brushing

If you love a good exfoliating face brush, then dry brushing your body might be your new favorite skin care technique. This technique is a supermodel skin secret to keeping your skin smooth neck to toes. Learn how to exfoliate with a Bioelements dry brush in this quick video:



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Comments (9)

Erin Houlihan says:
Oct 21, 2011

I love my Mia…and my Bioelements cleanser…couldn’t live without either of them

Brenda Leed says:
Oct 21, 2011

I use an I-Skin brush with my Bioelements cleanser. It brings cleansing your skin to a whole new level.

Kim Pigue says:
Nov 28, 2011

This comment on using a facial brush with the Bioelements cleanser is a key factor in having the best results! I can tell you my skin level has been boosted to the up most professional level!

Kerry Q says:
Jan 5, 2012

I love my Clarisonic but am having an issue with finding a cleanser that I can use for more than a month (I get really red because my skin’s so sensitive). Has anyone out there had this problem and have any thoughts to share? Thanks!

    Barbara Salomone says:
    Jan 5, 2012

    Hi Kerry – Have you tried using a cleanser that’s specifically designed for senistive skin? I would recommend a product such as Sensitive Skin Cleanser – its olive oil formula is gentle but effective, without any irritating side effects.

    Are you using your facial brush 2x a day? If you still experience problems, I would suggest switching to using it only once a day, or even every other day, and using your fingers to gently cleanse your skin.

Jen says:
Feb 18, 2013

I have tiny bumps on my face. What should I use to clear that up?

    Barbara Salomone says:
    Feb 20, 2013

    Hi Jen – It depends on what the ‘tiny bumps’ are. Sometimes, these can be caused by calcified sebum, which sit in the skin and form a hard sandy-textured plug that feels like a hard bump under the skin. These can be an indication of a sluggish skin, and in this case I would use a product like our Quick Refiner or Kerafole Mask (or a combination of the two) to help soften these plugs and remove them. If these bumps are a solid red or irritated bump, they are called a papule, which is breakout that needs to be treated topically. In this case, I would use our Pore Rescue Acne Gel and Breakout Control, morning and night until they have healed.

orchid aesthetics medical spa says:
Feb 24, 2013

If you exhibit “bumps” on your skin most days do not use mechanical abrasion like clarisonics to clean your skin. Instead see a skin specialist that offers a Complimentary Consultation, Like Orchid Aesthetics, to find out what your bumps are and how to treat them!

Kelly says:
Feb 21, 2017

I’m always picking up great tips here

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