We've said this time and again, but an effective cleansing routine is crucial to great skin. If you don't slough away all that dirt, makeup and pollution, not only will your complexion suffer, but the skincare you apply afterwards also won't be able to penetrate as effectively which means you won't be getting your money's worth from that pricey serum or moisturiser. If your cleansing technique leaves a lot to be desired, don't worry. Add a cleansing brush into your routine. Robust complexions will be able to take a daily cleanse with a sonic brush, whereas for sensitive skin's you can use the gadget a few times a week for a deep clean.
If cost is an issue, we hear you. At this time of year especially, there is little going spare. Either add one to your Christmas list or check out the more affordable versions we've included that give some of the pricier versions a run for their money. Plus, there's a low-key manual brush for those of you who can't stand the idea of another gadget in their lives. Keep scrolling for our round-up of the seven best cleansing brushes. Glowing skin, coming right up.
Foreo Luna 2 for Normal Skin (£169)
Made from antibacterial silicone this sonic "brush" vibrates 8000 times per minute for a seriously deep clean. It stimulates micro-circulation, sloughs away dead skin cells and turbocharges your cleansing so your pores are left seriously clean. Use it along your jawline and under your cheekbones (it doubles as a pretty good facial massage, too.) Oh, and unlike the traditional brushes, you don't need to replace the head so while the outlay is more, you save money in the long run.
bareMinerlas Skinsorials Double Cleansing Brush (£16)
Not sure a cleansing brush is for you, or don't need another gadget you have to charge in your life? Then, this low-key manual cleansing brush is for you. As it doesn't vibrate it's gentle enough to use every day with your cleanser of choice and makes light work of dirt and makeup. For a more thorough cleanse use it a couple of times a week with your favourite exfoliator.
Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush (£79)
This waterproof cleansing brush can be kept in the shower to cleanse your face in quick time. Use with your choice of cleanser and spend 15 seconds on your cheeks, then 15 seconds down the T-zone and rest of the face. See, quick. You can also buy different brush heads for spot-prone and sensitive skins, while the charcoal head is great for men or anyone who lives in the city as it helps to draw out impurities like pollution particles.
Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Cleansing System ( £40 ) (£16)
Seriously popular on Amazon, this waterproof cleansing brush with two speed settings has 160 five-star reviews on the website. Using this cleansing brush has been found to increase the absorption of skincare applied afterwards by up to 30% while cleansing four times more effectively than manual face washing.
Darphin L'Institut Facial Sonic Cleansing and Massaging Expert (£125)
Darphin's cleansing brush comes with a massage head, plus it allows you to use the same device with your day and night cream to tackle puffiness, boost circulation and amplify your skin's glow.
Clarisonic Mia 2 (£125)
A round-up of cleansing brushes wouldn't be complete without the brand that started it all. The classic Clarisonic cleansing brush features two speeds and has a timer to ensure you're using the brush for the optimal amount of time (60 seconds). It's waterproof, rechargeable and leaves skin looking clean, clear and even in tone.
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