Cleansing your face sounds like a simple beauty task but did you know that there are many ways to do it, and your choice may not be the best for your skin? It’s highly probable that you have been choosing the same method of washing your face since you were a teenager, but you could be missing out on something that gives your skin greater results. I’ve investigated the 6 best face cleansing tools and broken down the pros/cons.
There ain’t no magic with this one. Using your own digits to wash your face is the most commonly used tool. It’s more than likely the first face cleansing tool you used.
Pros: It’s a gentle tool on the skin (as long as you keep your nails out of the way), it’s hygienic (because you are washing your fingers as well as your face) and it allows you to feel out developing breakouts before they become visible. Additionally, they are free and you don’t have any parts to replace.
Cons: There is only so much pressure and technique available when using your fingers – you must rely 90% on the cleansing product you use to the job. If you are removing makeup you need to double-cleanse.
Possibly the most magical of all tools, these gizmo’s take all the hard work out of face cleansing.
Pros: Ability to scrub clean the tiniest of pores, provides a thorough clean and very easy to use. Extremely beneficial for those who get regular breakouts, and if you need a deep clean in a hurry (can remove a full face of makeup and cleanse in a couple of minutes, saving you time on double cleansing).
Cons: Can be expensive to purchase and in some cases expensive to continue using as you need to buy replacement brush heads. Charging the device can also be annoying if you forget to plug it in. Some devices may require practice or a bit of getting used to.
Foreo Luna Mini – It has all the benefits of a power tool without having brush heads to replace. Hygienic silicone touch points cleanse the skin gently and effectively, while feeling soft on the skin. The device should be used for 1 minute twice a day and can be used with any cleansing product you choose.
Australia $179 from Adore Beauty
USA $139 from Sephora
Before there were Clarisonic’s there were face brushes … the manual kind. If the thought of a power tool coming at your face is scary this may be the best one for you.
Pros: An affordable option, brush bristles provide a more thorough clean than fingers and ability to remove makeup quickly. Ideal for getting rid of patchy and flaky skin.
Cons: Easy to over-scub your face as there is no limit on pressure and no timer. Brush heads can’t be replaced so when bristles become frayed or dull you need to buy a whole new brush.
Manicare Facial Cleansing Brush – The soft nylon bristles are rounded to give skin a gentle exfoliation while cleansing.
Australia $11.95 from Priceline, Myer, Target, K-Mart, Big W and pharmacies (April 1).
Back in my day ….. ok, not so much, but once upon a time a wash cloth was an essential beauty tools. These days cloths are all about organic cotton, muslin and other soft fibres. Forget about the mini towels you thought you knew.
Pros: Multitasking during cleansing can both wash the skin and aid in rinsing, it feels good on the skin and keeping them in good condition isn’t difficult.
Cons: You need to rinse and dry them extremely well after each use otherwise bacteria will spread.
Dermalogica The Sponge Cloth – A super-soft cleansing cloth gentle enough for even the most sensitised skin. Designed to be used with warm water, it thoroughly removes make-up and debris without irritating the skin. It rinses clean and dries quickly for convenient use.
Australia $26 from Adore Beauty
UK £12.10 from Dermalogica UK
Sponges offer a unique texture that some people find preferential but if there were to be a sponge leader it would be Konjac, a root plant indigenous to Asia that has been used for centuries by the Japanese.
Pros: Can deeply cleanse and exfoliate skin in one go, not as abrasive as a regular towel cloth and they last a long time if taken good care of.
Cons: Thorough rinsing and drying after each use is important to keep it hygienic. The texture and sensation does not appeal to everyone.
EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – Handmade with 100 percent natural ingredients, including Konjac vegetable fiber, it washes away dirt, oil and makeup, leaving skin glowing without over-drying or causing redness.
Australia $6.65 from iHerb
UK £3.60 from iHerb
Definitely the ultimate option for the times you are too lazy, too drunk or too tired to turn a tap on. Face cleansing towelettes are a great precleanse option to remove makeup and most dirt, reducing the need to double cleanse.
Pros: Without a doubt the easiest to use (you just wipe your face), an all-in-one solution that you don’t need to team with a cleansing product, they’re disposable so there is nothing to clean up after using and they are great at removing makeup.
Cons: They don’t give a sufficient clean with just one use, the cloth fibre can be irritating if used roughly and they’re probably the least environmentally friendly option.
Wotnot Facial Wipes – Made from 100% natural and biodegradable fibre, these wipes are possibly the softest I’ve ever felt. They are free from parabens, petrochemicals, artificial perfumes and alcohol. It’s all good stuff but powerful enough to remove the most stubborn waterproof mascara. Available for Sensitive Skin and Oily Skin
Australia $7.95 from WOTNOT
Do you use a tool to cleanse your face? Is there something on my list you didn’t know of previously? Let me know by commenting below!