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I love going to the Indie Beauty Expo in New York City. It’s essentially a giant beauty convention that highlights smaller, independently-owned brands (hence its name). But as anyone who’s ever been to any type of convention knows, there’s a lot going on. And if you’re an up-and-coming brand, despite how many samples you manage to hand out over the two-day event, it can still be tough to stand out. After making my way around the convention center floor for six hours straight (yes, really), there were a few products that stood out to me, but just one that I couldn’t wait to get home and use: PMD’s Clean Pro Rose Quartz ($179) facial brush.
PMD Clean Pro Rose Quartz Facial Brush
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Clears pores, reduces acne and blackheads, increases efficacy of skincare products
Star Rating: 4.5/5
Potential allergens: None
About the brand: Founded by Sam Alexander, PMD Beauty specializes in multi-use beauty devices, microdermabrasion tools, and innovative skincare products.
The Clean Pro Rose Quartz brush is a one-upped version of the brand’s Clean Smart Facial Cleansing Device (which we named one of the best facial cleansing brushes for anti-aging). While the latter version has a ribbed massage feature on the back, the newer version kicks things up a notch. One side is an electric facial brush made from antibacterial silicone (that supposedly vibrates 7,000 times per minute to break down dirt and oil within the pores), and the other side features a large, flat rose quartz stone that heats up. Let me repeat that: It’s a crystal, and it heats up.
The device is available in three shades—blush with a rose gold finish, berry (a rich, burgundy hue) with a rose gold finish, and white with rose quartz accents. It's also waterproof, antibacterial, and doesn't require any additional brush heads or accessories. The handle is made from soft silicone that makes it easy to hold while you're cleansing your skin. Another important note: there is no timer like most other facial cleansers on the market, so you'll have to keep track of how long you're cleansing for yourself.
The idea behind the heated gemstone is to use it after applying your face serum and moisturizer of choice, gliding it gently over the skin (which supposedly helps the products to absorb better). I’m not sure about the exact science there, but what I can tell you is that it feels really, really good. It does make sense, though, that the heat would at least help increase blood flow to the skin—which results in a host of good things, including more oxygen to the skin’s surface and a nice glow.
Heat aside, crystals are supposedly able to offer vibrational healing properties, which according to some people, can help boost mood and health. Rose quartz, specifically, “is known for lifting our vibration to the pure energy of unconditional love,” herbalist Andrea Barone Sazwan previously told Byrdie. And let’s not forget, flip the brush over and you’ve also got a vibrating facial brush that operates “at a perfect frequency to lift, firm, and tone the skin,” according to its product description page.
Rose quartz, specifically, is known for lifting our vibration to the pure energy of unconditional love.
How to Use
Using the Clean Pro Rose Quartz Facial Brush isn't complicated, but there are a few steps involved.
- First, make sure your face is slightly damp, and then apply your cleanser directly onto the brush.
- Then, using cool to warm water, wet the head of the device and turn it on. There are two cleaning modes to choose from: Use 1 for a gentle vibration and 2 for something a little stronger, like if you need to remove a face full of makeup.
- Take the brush and move it across your face using gentle, circular motions. You can repeat this process as long as you'd like. After you finish, rinse your face clean.
- Next, turn the device to the rose quartz side and apply your favorite serum or moisturizer directly to the heated rose quartz stone. From there, you can choose either mode 3 or 4 to massage the product of your choice into the skin.
Since the device itself is antibacterial, you don't have to worry about complicated cleaning instructions. Simply rinse it with water and let air dry.
The facial brush boasts a battery life of about two to three weeks, depending on how much you use it. Charging the device is easy—just turn it over to find the charging port and plug in the provided charger. If your device is completely dead, it takes about three hours to charge.
So far, I’ve used it mostly as intended: After applying my toner, serum, eye cream, and moisturizer, I run the heated stone across my face for a few heavenly minutes every night and sometimes in the mornings to wake up my skin. I’ve also discovered that this little thing works wonders for stress-headaches (particularly on the temples). It's also nice to use the rose quartz side while wearing a sheet mask—I noticed my skin felt and looked noticeably more hydrated and dewy.
Priced at $179, I think the PMD Clean Pro is a great value. Since you don't have to buy pricey replacement brush heads, the initial cost is a one-and-done deal. And other facial cleansing brushes cost about the same amount of money, but they're missing the most fun thing about this product—the heated rose quartz. That component alone takes it a step above other cleansing brushes on the market.
Foreo LUNA2 for Normal Skin: This facial cleansing brush is designed for normal to combination skin. Priced at a slightly cheaper $169, it has a whopping 12 different customizable vibration types. Like the PMD Clean Pro, it is completely waterproof.
Flawless by Finishing Touch Flawless Cleanse Hydro-Vibrating Facial Cleanser: This option is only $40, making it the perfect choice for people who want to save some money. It has the same rose gold hue as the PMD pro, and an antibacterial silicone head and four massaging options.
If you're in the market for a new cleansing brush, I think that the PMD Clean Pro Rose Quartz Facial Brush is a great option. It's environmentally friendly, you don't have to buy a ton of replacement brush heads, and the heated rose quartz takes it to the next level. Safe to say, we love this product.