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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.
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Best Drugstore: 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.
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Best for Travel: Foreo Luna Play Plus
Traveling with a cleansing brush is not always ideal when you’re trying to pack light for a weekend getaway. 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.
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.
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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)
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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 for Dry Skin: Aveda Tulasara Radiant Facial Brush
Dry skin can create a barrier that blocks moisturizers and oils from getting through, thus worsening the problem. So before you slather on your lotion, use a brush like this one to exfoliate away dead skin cells and make way for moisture to sink right in. This one is so soft that it almost feels like a baby hairbrush—aka it won’t irritate your dry, sensitive skin. After cleansing, once the skin is dry, brush in upward strokes on your face, neck, and chest, then apply your favorite moisturizer.
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.
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Best Multitasker: Pretty See 4-in-1 Electric Facial Cleansing Brush
Why buy just a cleansing brush when you could get this one that includes four interchangeable heads? Yep, you’ll get a facial massager, ultra-fine brush, exfoliating brush, and latex massager to help customize your perfect cleansing routine. We suggest using the rolling massage head on days when you wake up on the puffy side to help get your blood flowing.
Best Budget: Sephora Collection Precision Pore Cleansing Pad
When you want the benefits of a facial cleansing brush but don’t want to break the bank, try a manual one like this one. The silicone pad has two different sizes of exfoliating nubs along with a suction cup on the back. This not only lets you grip it in between your fingers but also allows it to stand up on your sink or mirror in between uses.
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