If you’re into skincare you will have noticed that there are so many different products and tools out there. It is truly head spinning. If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘what is the best facial cleansing tool?’ or ‘which one is right for me?’, then this post is for you. I wanted to write a simple, clear post explaining what facial tools are, whether they’re necessary, and which one is the best one for you!
First of all, hi there! My name is Jazmin and I’m a skincare and beauty blogger here and on Instagram. I want to thank you for clicking on and reading my post! I am a big fan of skincare because I love how it makes me feel, and I love seeing improvements in my skin. I have used all the cleansing tools in this post, and these thoughts are 100% my own!
What are cleansing tools?
Cleansing tools are there to help you during the cleansing step of your skincare routine. They can help with getting a deeper cleanse, exfoliation and help with rinsing the face and hard to reach areas properly.
There are many different types out there, but in this blog post I will be talking about facial cloths, konjac sponges, electric cleansing brushes and vibrating silicone brushes.
Some people use facial cloths to help rinse the face after cleansing, and to avoid water dripping all down your neck and down your arms during this step. Facial cloths are usually soft on the skin, but they can offer some gentle exfoliation too.
With facial cloths, it is very important to wash them after every use (either by hand or by washing machine). This is because they can harbour bacteria, and washing your face with unclean cloths could cause bacterial growth on your skin! If you have acne-prone skin, this may lead to an increase in acne.
Konjac sponges are super squishy, biodegradable sponges made of vegetable fibre. Because of their super spongy texture, they are able to hold a lot of water, and they are really soft on the skin. After soaping up your face with your cleanser, you can take your konjac sponge and massage it in circles over your face to cleanse your skin a little deeper, address areas you might usually miss with your hands (like next to your nose or the perimeter of your face), and very lightly exfoliate your face.
I mostly use my konjac sponge to help rinse my face and neck. The neck is an area that I find hard to rinse without making a big old mess, but using a wet (but not dripping) konjac sponge allows me to easily rinse the cleanser off my face.
Because konjac sponges are so soft, they are a great exfoliating option for those with very sensitive skin whose skin cannot tolerate any other form of exfoliation. For most people though, I wouldn’t rely on these as your only form of exfoliation because they are so gentle.
Konjac sponges are made of plant-based fibre, meaning that they are naturally biodegradable and compostable. This makes them a lovely low-waste cleansing tool, and one of the main reasons why I love these.
Electric cleansing brushes
One of the most famous manufacturers of electric cleansing brushes is Clarisonic. They are known for their line of sonic cleansing brushes which are touted as being gentle on the skin. This type of electric cleansing brush spins or pulsates to deeply clean the skin and pores and exfoliate the skin. To use these, you firstly apply your cleanser to your face, then work this over your skin in small circles. They are quite expensive though, and so lots of brands have tried to create their own electric cleansing brushes to try to keep up with the trend.
I’ve never tried Clarisonic cleansing brushes, but I did try a cheaper imitation a while back. Although you might be saving money, I would be cautious of these because they are generally not the most gentle on the skin. Cheaply made cleansing brushes with spinning heads can be overly abrasive due to improper speed or angle of rotation, as well as roughly made brush heads with overly sharp bristles.
These can be way too rough on the skin, which can lead to redness, irritation and an increase in acne.
If you’re interested in using a brush tool to help cleanse your face well, I would recommend buying a high quality one. Better safe than sorry!
Vibrating silicone brushes
The most well-known vibrating silicone cleansing tool brand is Foreo. They make many different types of cleansing brush, but they are generally small, handheld tools that have sonic vibration, and short, flexible silicone bristles. To use these, wet your face and apply your cleanser, then take your massage/cleansing tool over your face in small circles.
In this case, I think buying a cheaper alternative of this well-known brand is acceptable. This is because no matter the price, these brushes are unlikely to harm the skin (as they’re so soft on the skin). At worst, they might be ineffective, but I doubt they would be harmful.
These tools are thought to help acne-prone skin as they help clear your pores, but they may also help people who are looking to get some temporary skin tightening effects. This type of cleansing tool also offers some exfoliation, so if used morning and night they can help make your skin look fresher and more youthful.
Because they’re made of silicone, which is incredibly soft on the skin, silicone cleansing brushes are great for those with sensitive skin who want some exfoliation. You can even find some silicone cleansing brushes which are made with sensitive skin in mind; these tend to have even softer, more flexible bristles.
Are cleansing tools necessary?
The main benefits that I’ve mentioned you might find by using cleansing tools are: exfoliating effects, skin softening and refreshing, temporary skin tightening effects, pore cleansing, and helping to properly cleanse the hard to reach areas of the face and neck.
My answer to this question is… no! It is perfectly acceptable to wash your face and neck using your hands, and your skin doesn’t need to receive exfoliation every time you cleanse it. You’re not doing anything wrong at all by not using a cleansing tool. Plus, if you already use exfoliating acids, masks or scrubs, you won’t really need a further exfoliating step morning and night. However, these are some reasons why you might want to try cleansing tools!
1) If you find they help you cleanse your face and neck more easily, go for it! I love using a cleansing cloth or sponge to rinse my neck to avoid water dripping all down my body.
2) Some people (especially those with sensitive skin) might want to avoid using exfoliating acids (AHAs) or exfoliating scrubs because they find them too harsh on their skin, but they might still want to see the benefits of exfoliation (reduction in skin texture, softer & brighter skin). In these cases, I think some of the cleansing tools mentioned above can be a great addition to your skincare routine.
3) If you have acne-prone skin and you find that blocked pores are a contributor to your acne, using a vibrating or sonic cleansing tool might help clear out those pores. This can lead to a reduction in acne. But I would use these tools in conjunction with other skincare which are going to really target that acne; retinoids, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are going to be the most effective.
Skincare is so personal and so it can be difficult to know what’s going to be right for you. I hope that this post can help guide you in your decision of choosing a cleansing tool that’ll work for you! If you have any questions related to this post (or anything skincare), leave it below!