In an unsurprising turn of events, technology and beauty have blended together. Since the beginning of the beauty-tech industry, when people still used electric hot rollers and primitive straighteners that basically burned your hair to a crisp, our favorite beauty gadgets and gizmos have gotten a major upgrade. Seriously, we even have 90-second sheet masks and smart mirrors now, and that’s not even the most impressive of today’s beauty tools.


One of the most trendy beauty gadgets is, undeniably, the facial cleansing brush. While some of them stay primative in their mode of operation, the rise of sonic cleansing power is a relatively new one, and a new favorite of beauty gurus and skincare junkies alike. And how could any of us go on without them? They scrub away any impurities, dirt, and excess oil sitting on our faces in a faster and more thorough manner than our hands alone. So, of course these cleansing brushes seem like a worthwhile investment when stacked against the myriad options on the market.


The craze of the cleansing brush may seem to have started when Clarisonic released their first sonic cleansing brush in 2004, but manual cleansing products have existed far beyond the conception of a hi-tech alternative was even a thought. The facial cleansing brush can actually be considered the cousin of the dry brush, a centuries-old product used to literally brush off dead skin and flakes on dry skin. Of course, you can’t use a dry brush on your face, it’s too rough and will lead to an excessive amount of scraping and irritation (duh), which is why brands started creating softer, gentler facial brushes to give your pores a deep cleansing without abusing your skin.


We’ve come a pretty long way in terms of improvement when it comes to our facial cleansing tools. They give a more intensive cleansing, they’re easier to use, and they look great in our #shelfies. But, not all cleansing brushes are made equal, which is why you need to choose wisely.


We’ll be real with you: we know you’re not cleansing your skin as well as you could be. A lackluster, dull and blemish-filled complexion can be caused by an array of factors, but one of the most common is indisputably a bad skincare regimen. That’s why it’s so important to have a deep-cleansing facial brush around — your hands alone will never achieve the same results on your skin.


With all of the options available now, it can get pretty anxiety-inducing to pick out the right cleansing brush for your skin. Do you get a sonic-powered brush, or a manual one? Deep cleansing or sensitive skin? The list of questions can go on and on and on, but have no fear, because we are here to help sort through the clutter.


Below, we’ve listed some of the best cleansing brushes on the market for you to purchase. We’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of facial brushes to give your skin the proper purification it needs. So, scrub away dull and blemished skin with the best facial cleansing brushes you could ever find.


Give your skin the detox treatment with the best facial cleansing brushes of 2018.


The Brainiac


Mia Smart 3-in-1 Connected Sonic Beauty Device Mint Green



Over a decade ago, Clarisonic ignited the cleansing brush craze with the world’s first-ever sonic cleansing brush: the Mia 1. While it was a fan-favorite of its heyday, we can all admit that it’s pretty outdated. That’s why the geniuses over at Clarisonic created this genius hi-tech product: the Mia Smart. This brush is not like anything else on the market: not only does it have the same sonic power as the original brush, but it can also target signs of aging and blend your makeup to flawless perfection. You can even hook this brush up to the Clarisonic app via bluetooth to track your skin’s progress and customize your whole experience with this facial brush.


At-Home Esthetician


Personal Microderm Pro Taupe



If you’re not familiar with microdermabrasion, you should be. Usually, it’s an in-house treatment at your esthetician’s office that intensely exfoliates your skin, sloughing away any pore-clogging dirt and dead skin harboring within your skin. Usually, it’s kind of pricey, and it’s pretty annoying to trudge out of your house to get one done. But now, you can easily give yourself an effortless microdermabrasion session at home with this handy skincare tool. The spinning disc helps scrub out any dirt and debris, while the suctioning vacuum power lifts and removes any grime that’s embedded deep in your pores. Plus, there’s a hand and foot kit to pamper yourself from heat to toe.


Skin Deep


Cleansing by Clinique



The Cleansing by Clinique kit has everything you need to keep your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. This all-in-one kit includes the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, a high-powered sonic cleansing brush that vibrates to give your skin a vigorous cleanse. This brush helps loosen up and remove any dirt, oil, and dead skin lingering on top and within your delicate pores, leading to a purified complexion. This kit also includes a mini travel size of the cult-favorite Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap — a fragrance-free, allergy-tested cleanser that works hand-in-hand with your cleansing brush to give your skin the ultimate detoxing experience.


On The Go


LUNA(TM) fofo Pearl Pink



When you’re living life on the go, a 10-step skincare routine can be hard to accomplish. But, whether you’re on a flight or even in the public bathroom (we’ve all been there), you can easily make time for a quick cleanse with the Luna Fofo. This pocket-sized cleansing gadget is not only light enough to stow away in your carry-on, but uses state of the art technology to analyze your skin type and moisture level on each zone of your face to create a personalized skin profilem which is sent straight to the accompanying Foreo app. It’s also worth noting that this brush stands out for it’s silicone composition, which is much for hygienic and easy to clean than your average bristle brush.


A Gentle Approach


Cleansing Mitt



If you have sensitive skin, then a full-powered sonic cleansing brush may not be for you. Instead, opt for a gentler cleansing mitt, which has soft fibers to give your skin a mild exfoliation. It’s perfect for washing off any of your cleansers, and can even scrub away face masks in a few seconds.


Back To The Basics


Mia Prima Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush



We love a simple, easy-to-use product — bonus point if it’s also budget-friendly. That’s why we adore the Clarisonic Mia Prima cleansing brush. Just one mode, one button, and stays on for a single minute to give your skin a quick and easy wash, all through the sonic cleansing power you’ve known and loved from Clarisonic. You’ll have smaller pores, clearer skin, and a refined complexion in a matter of seconds just by grabbing this $99 bargain skincare product.


A Close Shave


Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner



ICYMI: shaving your face is actually a thing, and it’s called dermaplaning. While many people head to their esthetician for expensive dermaplaning treatments, we say do it yourself by grabbing this dermaplaner tool from Tweezerman. While it sounds intimidating at first, this tool will get rid of stubborn peach fuzz and facial hair while removing lingering dead skin, giving your pores a much-needed deep exfoliation in the process.The results: a smooth, satiny finish with a complexion that’s as clear as day.


Stripped Down


Cleaning Me Softly Facial Cleansing Brush Pink



Not into the sonic spectacle that most expensive cleansing brushes rely on? If you’re a cleansing minimalist, then get the brush that matches your style: the Sephora Cleaning Me Softly Facial Cleansing Brush. This brush is as simple as it gets: it’s composed of super-soft bristles that give your skin a deep, invigorating cleanse. The long handle makes it easy to give your face, neck, and decollete the in-depth cleansing power it misses with hands alone. This brush is great for those of you with sensitive skin types, which becomes irritated with harsh sonic cleansing.


The 2-in-1


Dynamic Duo On The Go


There’s been a long-lasting feud between bristle and silicone brushes, with many skincare junkies backing up each side. But, why can’t you have both? Simply grab this nifty 2-in-1 brush from Sephora to get the best of both worlds. This double-ended brush has both an ultra-gentle bristle end and a silicone side to give your pores the unclogging treatment of a lifetime. Nylon bristles orks to clear trapped oil and bacteria from pores, while the silicone end gently massages and exfoliates for an ultra-purifying experience.


Tightened & Toned


Mini Facial Toning Device Original



This device from NuFace is a favorite of all the beauty gurus and editors around. It’s a handheld toning device that uses advanced microcurrent technology to tone your face while defining contours and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a godsend anti-aging product, and will give you a tight & toned finish instantly.

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