Wait, Should You Be Applying Moisturizer With a Brush?

Updated 09/08/17

Recently, when Kylie Jenner shared a makeup tutorial on her website, she revealed an unconventional way to apply moisturizer that got practically the entire Internet in a tizzy. Tweets like "Kylie Jenner uses WHAT to moisturize?!" and "OMG! Kylie Jenner uses a $72 brush to moisturize her face!" flooded the Internet and made beauty lovers and beauty skeptics alike wonder: Is a brush really the most effective way to apply moisturizer? While we're likely not going to rush out to purchase Jenner's pricey Artis Oval 10 Brush, we wanted some expert advice on whether investing in a similar tool would give us Jenner-worthy skin.

"Using a brush to apply product to the face is nothing new. Clarisonic has a vibrating brush that is used to apply cleansers and moisturizers. Barbers have been using brushes to apply shaving creams for centuries. Using a proper brush to apply product to the face helps in a number of ways,"  says dermatologist Snehal Amin of Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Hmm... seems like Jenner's more in the know than we were giving her credit for.

Amin doesn't just see one benefit of using a brush; he actually lets us in on three: "Firstly, our hands, especially under the nails, are not clean. Secondly, the massaging action of the brush is good for the skin. Thirdly, the brush helps apply product evenly over the face."

Dr. Maryann Mikhail of Spring Street Dermatology also loves the germ-busting aspect of using a brush: "Fingers can retain bacteria, dirt, and oils, which you don’t want on your face—especially if you are prone to acne."

But before you rush out to the store to buy the first complexion brush you find, Amin says there are some key factors you need to look for: "An antibacterial synthetic, nonabsorbent brush would be appropriate for applying moisturizers or cleansers. Make sure the tips of the brush hairs are nonabrasive." As expected, Amin also advises you to clean your brush often.

To help you get your Jenner-style moisturizer on, we found some products that will deliver your best glow yet. Scroll through to find out what they are!

Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush $18
Sephora Dynamic Duo Face Brush $16
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream $42
Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream $62
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture $10

What's your favorite moisturizer for smooth, glowing skin? Please tell us below!

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