“ Brand: Boots / Aesthetics / Subcategory: Styling Brush / Aesthetics / Suitable for: Face / Type: Brushes „
I was always intrigued by the little rotating brushes that are sometimes used in Salons when you have a facial as they seem to really cleanse the skin deep down but massage and soften it at the same time. After a little internet research I discovered that A) they were probably best left to the professionals and B) they were extremely expensive anyway! But a few weeks later I was wandering through the aisles of my local Boots store (as I do quite often it seems), when I noticed they had a smaller, 'non-electric' version of the brush and it was only something like £3.69 so I picked it up and went to pay for it along with the rest of my shopping.
The handheld brush lightly exfoliates whilst also improving circulation at the same time. The durable yet soft synthetic bristles promise to clean deep down into the pores and loosen dead skin cells and debris for a more professional and productive result. These types of facial brushes can also be used by men, gently after shaving to smooth the skin and eliminate ingrowing hairs.
The bristles are tightly packed in circles and about three quarters of an inch long. The head is about 2 inches across and is placed on a long plastic handle that is easy to hold and fits comfortably in your hand / fingers. There is a little plastic lid that snaps onto the brush to cover the bristles after use to keep it clean and hygenic.
To use I wet my face with warm water and squirt a small amount of my cleanser (usually Simples "Moisturising Foaming Facial Wash") onto the centre of the brush before pressing it into the bristles with my fingers. Then in small, gentle circular motions I buff it lightly into my skin. You have to be very gentle with these types of brushes, as it's hard to gauge the pressure when you're face is wet / covered in cleanser, but after it's dry it can be very sore and aggravated if you over do it.
I find this brush very effective at clearing out blocked pores around my nose - a result of me using long-wearing sunscreens and foundations, - infact no other product has helped with this problem area of my face half as well as this. You can really feel the brush getting into your pores and deep cleansing it and afterwards your skin feels very refreshed and renewed. :-)
After use I rinse the brush well to remove any leftover cleanser and shake out any water before roughly towel drying and replacing the cap. I pat my face dry and then tone using Cliniques "Clarifying Lotion 1" and following with Simples "Rich Moisuriser". Immediatly my skin feels smoother, softer and tauter and over time the results are even better! My skin is generally a lot clearer, smoother and more even toned. I rarely breakout at all, which I guess is due to just how deep this brush can cleanse over simply using fingers which tend to just push dirt around...
Overall, I love this little thing! I replace it every two or three months or so to keep it nice and fresh and in the best shape possible. Beats having a facial every month and a lot cheaper too :-)