Face Off: Battle of the Brushes
If, like us, you are obsessed with Into the Gloss and in particular, The Top Shelf (where celebrities spill their beauty secrets and sometimes, we get a creepy sneak peek into their bathroom cabinet) you will have noticed that the so-called ‘game changer’ Clarisonic features beaucoup. For those of you who have been living under a rock, the Clarisonic is a fancy face brush. It cleanses, exfoliates, polishes and tightens up those pores. Say goodbye to grubby dead skin and hello fresh faced beauty. Not be over used now, depending on your skin! So, if you are one of those sensitive types, you may want to reconsider. It might just be too much for you. However, if you are Kim K-ing it and contouring on a regular basis, then you might want to invest.
Or do you? I asked myself that same question when it dawned on me how expensive the Clarisonic can be. There are various options but put it this way, I could get a lot of coffee for one Clarisonic. Decisions, decisions. Do I want to spend my hard-earned, well, earned cash on, essentially, an electric toothbrush for my face? Hm. It is rated. Potentially over-rated? Some people swear by it and reckon it’s a desert island must-have if ever there was one. Well, mine is a bottle of Bombay Sapphire so I think it’s clear where my priorities lie.
The Clinique Alternative
Clinique (Maggie’s favourite) has a similar number that doesn’t carry quite the same heavy price tag. And Clinique is one of those reliable brands that do take great pride in their skincare products. Even so, I am undecided.
So, I opted for quite possibly the cheapest option out there. Bar a shaving brush (which used vigoruously would probably do the same thing). I purchased the M&S Radiant Cleanse Facial Cleansing Brush. All for £22.50.
I use mine once a day (at night) alongside my trusty La Roche-Posay Dermo Cleanser. I take a cotton bud and remove most of my make-up before using. I tend to wear a fair amount so if – like me – you wear a heavy foundation, do take a face wipe to the skin. Then dampen the face and rub on some of your trusty cleanser, switch it on and roll it all over your face (take care around the eyes now!) for no more than une minute and voilà! Pat your face dry and then apply your moisturizer and serum.
Make sure to rinse your brush after every use under running hot water and every so often give it a good scrub. Keeps bacteria at bay and you get a longer run at your brush head.
I’m not sure if the Clarisonic is for me, mainly because I’m too busy planning for another Little Louis, but this is a good, solid option for anyone on the fence.
Over and out.