A DEEPER CLEAN
face-cleansing gadget can give your skin a thorough cleanse. These handy gadgets help unclog pores, gently exfoliate, and remove oil, dirt and leftover makeup. Just massage facial cleanser over your skin and away you go! Simone Wu tries these three:
Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System, $49.90; replaceable brush head, $11.90. The brush head rotates 350 times a minute. It comes with Olay Regenerist Skin Renewal Cleanser.
VERDICT: The bristles on this water-resistant gadget were less densely packed than on the other two devices, and felt slightly rough. However, they were still gentle enough not to irritate my eczema-prone skin. Blackheads are a perpetual problem for me, and this device removed them after one use. The most compact of the three, it’s the only one that uses batteries – a boon as I didn’t have to charge it before use. Philips Visapure, $229; replaceable brush heads, $14-$21. It comes with dual speed settings, for gentle and deep cleansing. The waterproof cleansing tool has a Skin Zone timer to indicate when it is time to move on to the next area. The brush head rotates while the bristles vibrate to give your face a deeper cleanse. VERDICT: Although the rotary motion tugged on my skin a little, it had the softest brush of the lot. My skin felt soft and smooth after and blackheads were gone. I also experienced zero itchiness and skin redness after. Clarisonic Mia2, $215; replacement brush head, $35. It’s waterproof and has two speed modes, low and normal. The brush moves from side to side, like a fan, 300 times a second. You only need one minute to cleanse your face – from forehead to nose and chin, then cheeks. It beeps when it’s time to move on to the next area. VERDICT: This felt very comfortable. The rounded bristles vibrate; they don’t spin, so the brush didn’t tug – it felt like it was simply vibrating on my skin. Blackheads were removed, and my skin didn’t itch or turn red after. The first thing I noticed was how incredibly smooth my skin felt!