SONIC GROOM

We’ve heard the buzz about grime-bust­ing gad­gets, so we de­cided to find out if they re­ally are more ef­fec­tive than good old-fash­ioned el­bow grease

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

We get a buzz test­ing the lat­est elec­tronic fa­cial cleans­ing brushes

Con­fes­sion: for a beauty editor, I’m not as ob­ses­sive about my night-time cleans­ing rou­tine as I should be. Of course, I cover the es­sen­tials but, to be hon­est, speed is my main pri­or­ity. Re­ally, who wants to be fan­ny­ing around at the bath­room sink when they could be scrolling through Instagram be­tween the sheets? So you see why I’m a fan of the elec­tronic brush. Sonic tech­nol­ogy (read: tiny vi­bra­tions) and os­cil­la­tion make this wave of cleans­ing gad­gets more than a fad, and they claim to be up to six times more ef­fec­tive than your hands. Sounds good to me. Con­fused about which gizmo to go for? Read on.

BEST FOR AGE­ING SKIN DARPHIN L’IN­STI­TUT FA­CIAL SONIC CLEANS­ING AND MAS­SAG­ING EX­PERT £125

They say: The anti-age­ing ac­tion of its two heads of­fers an ex­fo­li­at­ing cleanse and a mas­sage while you mois­turise – im­prov­ing fa­cial mi­cro­cir­cu­la­tion, hy­dra­tion lev­els and the ap­pear­ance of lines.

Amelia says: It claims to work in one minute, but I needed four 30-sec­ond stints (cheek, cheek, fore­head, chin) to feel prop­erly cleansed. As for the mas­sag­ing at­tach­ment, while it seemed to make my mois­turiser sink in faster, I’m not sure the vi­bra­tion was rapid or in­tense enough to boost blood flow. Still quite nice though.

BEST FOR A ONE-STOP SHOP BRAUN FACE 820 £79.99

They say: As well as be­ing the world’s first three-in-one epi­lat­ing, cleans­ing and ex­fo­li­at­ing brush, it has a gen­tle brush for parched skin and a make-up sponge for when you want to cover it all up.

Amelia says: There are few times I’m bam­boo­zled by a beauty gad­get. But after reread­ing the in­struc­tions sev­eral (dozen) times, I got to work re­mov­ing, cleans­ing, buff­ing and beau­ti­fy­ing. It’s like a spa pack­age for the cost of a sin­gle treat­ment. Bells and whis­tles and then some.

BEST FOR OILY COM­PLEX­ION CLIN­IQUE SONIC SYS­TEM CITY BLOCK PURIFYING CLEANS­ING BRUSH £96*

They say: The bris­tles are in­fused with char­coal to draw out and sweep away the pol­lu­tion, dirt and oil you’ll en­counter through­out the day that you may miss dur­ing your av­er­age cleanse.

Amelia says: For the more lack­adaisi­cal among us (ie. me), hav­ing to re­move all make-up be­fore­hand is a ball ache. But, once I got round to it, the tilted head got into ev­ery nook, the longer bris­tles un­clogged my pores and the shorter ones were easy on my red­ness-prone cheeks.

BEST FOR SEN­SI­TIVE SKIN CLARISONIC MIA FIT £170

They say: Gen­tle enough to be used twice a day – even on sen­si­tive skin – but vig­or­ous enough on Power Cleanse mode to give you smoother, cleaner and more ra­di­ant skin in just 80 sec­onds.

Amelia says: This lit­tle gem is the per­fect size and shape to fit in the palm of your hand – use­ful when you’re cov­ered in suds.

I have a sen­si­tive com­plex­ion, but its Del­i­cate mode was a bit too dainty to re­move foun­da­tion and SPF. Hit Power Cleanse to strip it all off with­out re­mov­ing a layer of skin with it. Gen­tle. Ef­fec­tive. Worth the dent in your wal­let.

BEST FOR A DEEP CLEANSE PANASONIC EH-XC10 MI­CRO-FOAMING FA­CIAL CLEANS­ING DE­VICE £149.99

They say: For­get the harsh chem­i­cals – the warm­ing plate can re­move even the most re­li­able wa­ter­proof mas­cara. Teamed with a mi­cro-bub­ble sys­tem, the soft brush is enough to ban­ish grime, while the pore-fo­cused sil­i­cone head cuts through oil and grease.

Amelia says: Wak­ing up most morn­ings look­ing like the lost mem­ber of KISS, this is what

I’ve been wait­ing for. It cleanses quickly to der­ma­tol­o­gist lev­els of pu­rity and the heated el­e­ment soothes tired eyes, mak­ing your oblig­a­tory face scrub some­thing much more lux­u­ri­ous. Bonus.

Who: Amelia Jean Jones

You’ll know her as… WH’S Health and Beauty Editor

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