Going into the Indie Beauty Expo in New York City a few weeks ago, I knew that it would be overwhelming—in a good way. It’s basically 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 2-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 really stood out to me, but just one that I couldn’t wait to get home and use: PMD’s Clean Pro Rose Quartz facial brush.
As a brand, PMD Beauty is most known for their at-home microdermabrasion devices. Those were at their booth too, but it was their latest brush that caught my attention. The Clean Pro Rose Quartz brush is basically a one-upped version of the brand’s Clean Smart Facial Cleansing Device (which we named the best facial cleansing brush for anti-aging in 2019). 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 (that supposedly vibrates 7,000 times per minute to break down dirt and oil within the pores), and the other side is a large, flat rose quartz stone that heats up. Let me repeat that: It’s a crystal, and it heats up.
The idea behind the heated gemstone is that you should use it after they apply their face serum and moisturizer of choice, gliding it gently over the skin (which supposedly helps the products to better absorb). I’m not sure about the 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.
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).
Heat aside, crystals are supposedly able to offer vibrational healing properties which, according to some people, can actually help boost mood and health. Rose quartz, specifically, “is known for lifting up 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.