Next to moisturizing and applying sunscreen, cleansing the skin is one of the most important steps in your skin care routine. But as good as most cleansers are at removing makeup and ridding the skin of pore-clogging dirt, debris and pollution that wreak havoc on your complexion, washing your face with just your cleanser and your fingertips won’t always give you the most effective cleanse. This is why we turn to facial cleansing brushes, sponges and other state-of-the-art tools and devices.
If you’ve never tried these cleanser helpers before and are wondering whether they work, let us be the first one to tell you: They totally do! In fact, on top of providing your skin with a deeper, more effective cleanse, many of these tools and devices also offer other benefits such as removing dead skin cells, accelerating skin cell turnover and stimulating circulation, which make your skin more receptive to your other skin care and anti-aging products. Ready to give them a try? Learn how to cleanse your face with these seven cleanser helpers, below.
Want to know how to make your face wash more effective? Try rinsing with a silicone facial cleansing device, such as the FOREO LUNA™. Made with T-Sonic technology, this cleanser helper provides the skin with a deeper cleanse by pushing deep into the pores to help draw out impurities from the skin, unveiling a rejuvenated and refreshed complexion. Plus, it’s made of quick-drying, nonporous silicone that resists bacteria buildup, making it more hygienic than standard sonic-cleansing brushes.
Removing makeup without harsh rubbing can be tricky—especially with waterproof makeup. Fortunately, with a little help from jane iredale’s Magic Mitt, you don’t have to rub aggressively to remove makeup and cleanse your complexion. Made from a new generation of knitted microfibers—which are many times thinner than a strand of human hair—this helpful mitt has the ability to penetrate oil films and break the surface tension of the oils that bond makeup to the skin while gently exfoliating. The best part? You don’t even need any cleanser to get the job done! The combination of both warm water and the microfibers in the mitt emulsifies makeup, which can be easily swept away with the mitt. Just be sure to follow up with a quick cleanse using your favorite face wash once all your makeup has been removed.
Skin spatulas (or scrubbers) for facials has been popular in day spas and salons for decades. There are a few brands on the market for home use now, like the Trophy Skin Labelle Ultrasonic Skin Spatula. This ultrasonic device features vibrations of up to 30,000 Hz, which basically “jiggles” out impurities from the pores, like excess oil, deep-seated dirt and dead skin cells. Use this on your face, neck and chest for best results.
Before you jump in the shower to cleanse your body with your favorite body wash, why not prep with some exfoliation through dry brushing? Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush is made with cactus fiber bristles that work to slough off dry, dead skin cell buildup, promote cell growth and even diminish the look of cellulite. In addition to softer, smoother, more glowing skin, exfoliating with a dry brush—like this one—before jumping in the shower enables a better cleanse (since there won’t be any dry skin blocking its way), increasing circulation and aiding in the detoxification process. It also may also help to improve the skin’s metabolism.
Want to know how to get a more effective facial cleanse? Try adding some gentle exfoliation into the mix! EVE LOM 3 Muslin Cloths are your cleanser’s new BFF. Woven from 100% cotton, these gentle yet exfoliating washcloths are specifically designed to remove dead skin cell buildup and pollutants from the surface of the skin while providing a deep cleanse—improving blood circulation and maintaining the skin’s natural pH levels. The result? Super soft and supple skin that is fully prepped for your favorite facial serums and moisturizers.
Who says sensitive skin can’t benefit from some gentle exfoliation? Made from 100% natural alkaline konjac root fiber, The Cleansing Sponge in French Pink Clay Heart Shape from One Love Organics can detoxify pores while gently removing makeup and pore-clogging dirt and debris. Also, thanks to the konjac root fiber, this Cleansing Sponge also balances your complexion and nourishes the skin with vitamins, proteins and minerals—ideal for dry and sensitive skin types prone to rosacea.
If you’re looking for a more gentle alternative to makeup removal and cleansing, give the original Makeup Eraser a try! This hot pink facial cloth features hand-sewn edges and an ultra-soft, polyester surface that can wipe away makeup without hassle and any additional cleansing products. All you have to do is add water and begin wiping. Just be sure to follow up with your favorite cleanser to remove any pore-clogging dirt and bacteria that might be lingering on the skin’s surface.
If you’re not diligent about replacing them often, loofahs can become a breeding ground for bacteria. That being said, switching to an antibacterial silicone loofah—like the Exfoliband™ Silicone Loofah from Nurse Jamie—can allow you to reap the benefits of a loofah without exposing your skin to pore-clogging aggressors. All you have to do is slide the sleeve onto your fingers and apply your favorite face wash in circular motions across your complexion. The Exfoliband™ Silicone Loofah is designed to provide a deeper cleanse by rinsing away impurities, unclogging pores and exfoliating the skin’s surface. The results? Skin that appears softer, smoother and deeply cleansed.