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Whether you’re a skincare junkie or a total novice, a facial cleansing brush can be a major bonus to your skincare routine—without adding on any extra time at that. While cleansing your skin with your hands may be too gentle and a washcloth can be too rough, cleansing brushes create the perfect lather to help clear your skin of dirt, oil, and makeup, without overdoing it (aka no squeaky clean finishes here).
The best part: You can generally use whatever cleanser you want so they’re a super easy addition to your pre-existing skincare routine. Just be sure you’re cleaning your brush heads at least once a month, just like your makeup brushes. The hardest part is finding which one is right for you, which is why we’ve rounded up our favorites to help make your search a little easier.
Here are our top picks of the best facial cleansing brushes.
Best Overall: Clarisonic Mia Smart
This beauty not only gives your skin a deep clean, but it also collects data over time to track how your skin is responding to it. Just sync it up with the app using Bluetooth, select what your top skin concerns are (acne, wrinkles, oil, etc.) then get a personalized cleansing routine morning and night. There’s also a “smart mode” that uses a timer to guide you through a cleansing routine for each zone of your face. While a radiance brush head comes included, this device can also pair with Clarisonic’s firming massage head, exfoliating brush head, eye massager, and foundation brush head if you want to get even more out of your new gadget.
Best Budget: Olay Regenerist Face Cleansing Device
This brush is easy to navigate with just two speeds to choose from, but we love that it comes with an extra brush head and batteries—making it even more of a steal. The brush is also waterproof so you can take your self-care routine to the next level and use it while you’re soaking in the tub. Just get the brush head wet before pairing it with your favorite cleanser.
Best for Anti-Aging: PMD Clean Smart Facial Cleansing Device
This gizmo has a cleansing brush in the front and a massager in the back. So after you’re done getting a deep clean you can flip it over and switch to mode three or four (more intense pulsing) then use it to massage in your face oil or moisturizer. It’s also powered by a single double-A battery and is completely waterproof. Plus the elongated handle almost feels like you’re using some sort of magic wand, which makes your usual skincare routine a little less mundane.
Best Splurge: Foreo Luna 3
The latest launch in Foreo's cult-favorite line of facial cleansing tools, the Luna 3 is an investment—but we vote it's one worth making. For a gentle, deep, and customizable facial massage, just download the brand's app, choose your settings (it has 16 different intensities), and let the soft silicone bristles do their thing. In just one minute, you'll have clean, more youthful-looking skin. You can't put a price on that.
Best Manual: Naturopathica Facial Cleansing Brush
This Naturopathica cleansing brush doesn't oscillate like the other ones on our list, but it still might be your next go-to for a DIY facial. Its nylon bristles are different lengths to form a soothing, wave-like texture—plus, they're super soft, so they'll massage and exfoliate the skin without irritating it. Just make sure that, after each use, you rinse and wash the brush with mild soap and allow it to air dry.
Best Antimicrobial: Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Cleansing System
After using this Michael Todd cleansing brush, you can feel extra confident that your skin is as clean as possible. Its brush head is treated with patented antimicrobial protection, which helps reduce the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria by 99%—plus, you only have to replace it every six months. This product doesn't skimp on power or efficiency, either: It oscillates at a rate of 18,000 movements per minute, and it has six speeds for a customizable treatment.
Best for Sensitive Skin: Foreo Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin
Trying to use a cleansing brush on sensitive skin can be tricky. Some are too hard while others are way too gentle so you have to find the one that’s just right—like this one from Foreo. Specifically made for sensitive skin, the silicone bristles have a rounded tip that allows for a deep clean without irritation or scratching. The silicone also prevents bacteria from building up, which can be another irritation factor for those with sensitive skin. Bonus: The reverse side can be used with your moisturizer to massage any areas you’d like to tone (i.e. around your eyes, your mouth or on your forehead).
Best for Combination Skin: e.l.f. Cosmetics Cleansing Duo Face Brush
Can’t decide between a nylon bristle brush or a silicone one? With this duo, you don’t have to choose because it comes with both. Use the soft bristles to work your cleanser into a nice lather then flip to the other side and use the silicone head to exfoliate.
Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Laxcare Waterproof Facial Cleansing Brush
When you’re dealing with acne, you want to choose a brush that works hard to keep your pores clear but is also gentle enough to not irritate your breakouts even more. This cleansing brush does just that. The silicone nubs cleanse more gently than typical brush bristles plus they’re more hygienic and less likely to create bacteria—something you’ll definitely want to avoid if you have acne-prone skin. Use the thicker nubs on your T-zone and any oily areas for an even deeper clean. There are also seven speeds to choose from so you can customize your clean for your skin type.
Best for Travel: Foreo Luna Play Plus
Traveling with a cleansing brush is not always ideal when you’re trying to pack light—which is why we were excited to find this palm-sized alternative that’s charged by a single triple-A battery (read: no charger required). The mini cleanser also comes in six colors, is fully waterproof, and has eight intensities to choose from. Store it inside the plastic container it comes in to keep it clean while traveling.