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
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