Beauty magazines have extolled their virtues, women’s magazines have discovered them, even men’s magazines have devoted pages to the glorious power of the Face Brush. But until I decided to test out seven different options over the course of several months (more on that timeline later), I wasn’t convinced: Why buy a machine to wash my face when I have two hands that seem to do that job just fine? If I want to clean out my pores or exfoliate my epidermis, there’s that stuff in my shower that has little blue beads in it and smells like citrus.
Turns out I was totally wrong. Face brushes — by which I’ll qualify, good face brushes — are incredible when used correctly. As I fell further down this rabbit hole, it was like switching from a squeegee to a car wash. Practically speaking, this means that my skin tone evened out, breakouts and blemishes disappeared almost entirely, moisturizers and face oils seemed to absorb into my mug better, and my skin felt cleaner than ever before, perhaps because I didn’t have to use my hands to ever touch my skin.
But there’s one problem inherent to all these face brush accolades: A lot of them on the market sorta suck. Their bristles were too bristling; their motors too strong to navigate my face without tangling my longish hair (I’m not a woman, so I do not wear an elastic headband while cleaning my face); their overly complicated functionality — low speeds, high speeds, etc. — too unnecessary. The other issue is that this is ultimately a technologically powered, high-octane, altogether harsh way to clean your face. At one point, I had to stop for a few weeks because my skin was getting desert dry. Twice a week at maximum, I’d say. And click through the end of the slideshow to get to the brushes that are actually worth their investment. To keep things fair, I tested all of them using the standard “cleansing brush” attachment, and avoided any exfoliating pads or microdermabrasion options that were included in some kits.BEGIN SLIDESHOW
Most Viewed Stories
Trump’s Latest Executive Order Will Affect Women’s Health Worldwide
Josh Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s Brother-in-Law, Was Reportedly Spotted at the Women’s March
A Scene from the D.C. Women’s March
What You Need to Know About the 89800 ‘Count Me’ Text
Like Trump, Taylor Swift Cares About Numbers
Calvin Klein Quietly Unveils First Raf Simons Collection
Museums Across the World Are Collecting Women’s March Signs
Why the Election of 9 Black Female Judges in Alabama Matters
Bernie Sanders Wore the Only Appropriate Outfit to Trump’s Inauguration
Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Marchers Came Face-to-Face at the Women’s March
From Our Partners
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Beauty FeaturesAll 6 of King Henry VIII’s Wives Had Great Style
See costumes from the lavish new period drama.Contrary to What Sean Spicer Says, Taxpayer Dollars Don’t Fund Abortions Overseas
Dissecting Sean Spicer’s statement about the Mexico City Policy.The ‘Natural’ Skin-care Line Sephora Can’t Keep in Stock
All without Kardashian endorsements --- or fragrances.These 9 High-School Marchers Will Give You Hope for the Future
“For the kids in the community that didn’t have the opportunity to go, I want to be able to represent them and break the stereotypes held against us.”That Awkward Clip of Donald and Melania at the Inauguration Is Definitely Real
A short video clip tells all.Was This Your First March? Don’t Stop Now.
The work didn’t end on Saturday.The Future of the Left Is Female
Women’s rights are human rights, and women leaders are progressive leaders.Have Dark Eye Circles? Dior Shows You How to Put Some Glitter on It
Who needs concealer?What You Need to Know About the 89800 ‘Count Me’ Text
The organization behind the Count Me In effort provided an update.See All the Fashion Campaigns From Spring 2017
Including Kate Spade’s camel adventure, and a look at Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first ads for Dior.
He chews Orbit cinnamon, which is a terrible choice.Guess What Mariah Carey Did to Cheer Up Her Backup Dancer?
It took place onstage.Senator Taking Inauguration Selfie Identified Only as ‘Woman’
SFGate neglected to identify the senator, who was taking a photo with her male colleagues.The Musician on a Date at the NYC Women’s March
This week’s sex diary.Trump’s Latest Executive Order Will Affect Women’s Health Worldwide
The president reinstated the Global Gag Rule on abortion on Monday morning.7 Ways to Wear Cropped Pants in the Winter
Denim, satin, any kind of fabric, we’ve got the answer.Maria Grazia Chiuri Made Her Dior Couture Debut Amid an Enchanted Forest Set
Fairy-tale fashion.An Estimated 3.2 Million People Participated in Women’s Marches Across the Country
A by-the-numbers breakdown of women’s marches in every city.Trump Accuser Jessica Drake Was a One-Woman Protest at the Porn Oscars
She flew to the awards after marching in Washington, and walked the red carpet wearing a dress made to look like a burned American flag.More Than 37 Million Women Could Lose Access to Abortion if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned
More than 37 million women will be affected.