Facial spring cleaning
A new balm, brush and blemish-eradicator provide the tools for a facial spring clean
Should you be Salma Hayek, you probably won’t be much interested in new cleansers — the actress reportedly washes her face only at night, believing if she does it properly there’s no need for repetition come daylight. But for those of us who believe that regular — as in twice a day — cleansing leads to brighter, healthier-looking skin, there are a few new options.
The Cutisonic Sonic Face Cleansing Brush and Make Up Applicator ($125) is a dual-tasker designed to cleanse the face in one step and then apply foundation in another. About the same size as a small pot of cream, it has two interchangeable heads — rough for cleansing, smooth for makeup — and comes with a USB cable so it can be recharged. If you are already a fan of facial brushes like those by Clarisonic or Clinique, you’ll love this — mainly because its portable pint size makes it easy to tuck away into an overnight bag or bathroom cabinet. Just a small note of caution (one that extends to all types of facial cleansing brushes, not just this one): don’t overdo it, especially if your skin is mature, acne-prone or sensitive. By their nature, sonic brushes exfoliate as well as cleanse. As tempting as they are to use, too much of a good thing can cause irritation — redness, soreness and, by overstimulating serum production, more blemishes.
On the subject of pimples, Estee Lauder’s Nutritious Micro-Algae Pore Purifying Cleansing Jelly ($56) is a blend of three different types of algae designed to unclog pores and purify and balance. It easily removes makeup, smells gorgeous and its jelly texture — inspired by Korean beauty trends — is quite unusual, albeit rather comforting.
Also cossetting for the face is Dermalogica’s Precleanse Balm ($75). A thick, unctuous gel-cream that at first really does feel like a heavyweight salve for lips or elbows, it instantly turns into oil when mixed with water. The balm sits alongside the brand’s almost cult-like Precleanse Oil, which is recommended for normal to oily skin, whereas the balm is best for normal to dry. Both carry premium price tags, but they leave the skin feeling nourished and supple, as well as clean — a great way to start the day. Tracey Strange