Are you washing your face wrong? Improper cleansing prevents serums, lotions, and topicals from absorbing well. It can also introduce bacteria and irritate skin. Many people invest in a facial brush device. There are many facial brush devices available at different price points. How do you pick the right one? Learn how to determine the best facial brush for you, and why we use the UTILYZE™ 2-in-1 Advanced Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush.
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN SELECTING A FACIAL BRUSH DEVICE
- Why can’t I just use a washcloth or exfoliating scrub?
- Does scientific research back sonic brush efficacy?
- What’s the difference between a spinning head brush and a sonic brush?
- What cleansing method works best for problem skin?
- Which brush has the best features for my skin care needs?
These important questions are addressed below. But first, some features we like about the UTILYZE™ Sonic Facial Cleansing brush:
UTILYZE™ 2-in-1 ADVANCED SONIC FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSH OVERVIEW
This brush has a powerful patented Sonic oscillation of 300 movements per second. It removes impurities without pulling or stretching skin. Ideal for sensitive problematic skin, oscillating bristles exfoliate without redness or irritation. It primes the skin for best absorption of serums and creams.
UTILYZE™ DESIGN FEATURES
The Utilyze 2-in-1 Advanced Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush has more features than competing brushes.
- ERGONOMIC DESIGN
- ANGLED HEAD: The unique 10-degree angle fits facial curves.
- QUICK CHARGING BY USB
- CUSTOMIZED SKINCARE SETTING PROVIDES MORE OPTIONS THAN ANY OTHER SONIC BRUSH:
- THREE SPEEDS for the gentlest to robust cleansing power.
- TWO TIMED CLEANSING PROGRAMS provided customized cleansing.
- TWO INCLUDED HEADS
- CLEANSING HEAD soft, gentle bristles provide effective cleansing to all skin types
- MASSAGE HEAD: relaxes face muscles and increase blood flow.
- DOCKING STATION: Holds brush upright and allows the brush to dry between uses
- MAGNETIC STAND holds the massage head next to the docking station to keep it at the ready.
- WATER RESISTANT: Use it in the shower
- BRUSH CAP with air holes to help to dry the head after use
- WARRANTY: an unprecedented offer in the industry, a very generous 3-year warranty.
BUT WHY DO I NEED A SONIC SKINCARE BRUSH?
Washcloths and exfoliating scrubs can cause micro-tears in the skin. This is especially so with skin over thirty. This can lead to infection and scaring. Manual exfoliation can also stretch the skin, damaging the collagen.
THE SCIENCE OF SONIC
Does science back sonic cleansing brushes? How does a sonic brush help acne? The Journal of Dermatology explains why sonic cleansing is a superior clean:
“A sonic skin care brush was developed to enhance and provide consistent skin cleansing while preventing the skin from becoming compromised. Utilizing a technology previously used to cleanse the oral cavity, the sonic skin care brush is optimized to work with the skin’s own elasticity providing rapid oscillatory flexing of the infundibular opening. By oscillating at sonic speed the net result is the inelastic comedones become loosened and detached from the infundibular wall and are then cleared from the acroinfundibulum.” [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17173597/ (2006 Jun;5(2):181-3.)]
What does that mean? Sonic brushes use the skin’s elasticity to loosen comedones. Comedones include blackheads, whiteheads, and non-inflamed blemishes. Comedones generally don’t respond well to topical medications alone. A sonic brush loosens comedones without damaging surrounding skin.
ROTATING/SPINNING BRUSH HEADS VERSUS SONIC BRUSH HEADS
There’s spinning head face brushes under $40, some from respected brand names. Won’t those work as well as a sonic brush?
Well, no. The mechanism and results are different.
On a spinning brush, the bristles are stationary while the head rotates. It spins over and over the skin surface, like a car buffer or polisher. Buffing makes skin feel softer. The spinning can pull off looser dead skin flakes. It can “sweep” into a blackhead surface to begin to dislodge it. But buffing is best for hard surfaces, not live skin. Buffing irritates live skin because it keeps dragging and pulling the skin. Spinning brushes can’t access pores to cleanse them.
On a sonic brush, the bristles oscillate at a precise ‘sonic’ speed. The speed of oscillation instead of rotation makes a difference in the cleansing. Sonic speed is fast enough to make a sound and vibration, like the bass on quality sound speakers. The speed creates tiny, rapid movements. These movements vibrate the bristles. The bristles prod skin pores to shake out and dislodge impurities. They also pull dislodged debris away. It’s like shaking debris off a silk blouse instead of rubbing it out.
“Sonic” speed allows for very gentle contact with the skin but still exfoliates. There is no scrubbing with a sonic brush. There is no pulling, dragging or stretching the skin and delicate collagen fibers.
The faster the sonic speed, the gentler it is to the skin. The fastest sonic brushes, like UTILYZE™, don’t cause redness or irritation because they clean with minimal skin contact.
SONIC BRUSHES AND PROBLEM SKIN
Most of us have some form of problem skin or at least aging skin. Problem skin requires extra care in cleansing.
Problem skin includes issues such as:
- KP (Chicken Bumps)
- pseudofolliculitis barbae (chronic razor burn or bumps)
- seborrheic dermatitis
- delicate, thin or aged skin
- photo-damaged skin
- other skin conditions requiring special cleaning
Cleansing problem skin is where a sonic brush shines. Sonic brush bristles can cleanse uneven and irregular skin surfaces. These include:
- congested pores
- scales, and patches
- facial scars
A BRUSH FOR PROBLEM SKIN
UTILYZE™ is an excellent choice for those with skin problems.
Those with problematic skin conditions often wear mineral makeup and heavy-duty concealers. These need scrubbing to remove, further irritating problematic and sensitive skin. Utilyze not only removes heavy duty makeup with any cleanser but does so gently enough to not cause a flare up.
The UTILYZE™ brush even removes seborrheic dermatitis scales on eyebrows with no irritation. That’s impressive!
UTILYZE™ BRUSH HEAD OPTIONS
There are brush head types to address specific skin problems. These include:
- Acne prone brush head: A gentler brush to remove dead skin flakes, oil, and bacteria without irritating existing blemishes.
- Sensitive Brush Head: A thinner and softer head that provides a gentle cleansing experience without irritation
- Deep Pore Cleansing Head: A special combination of thin and thick bristles to remove blackheads and deep clean the pores.
- Skin Exfoliation Brush Head: A unique brush head with multiple bristle layers to remove crusty, dull and dead skin.
MY SONIC BRUSH EXPERIENCE
I’ve tried pretty much all the brand names that come to mind when you hear the words “sonic facial brush”.
I love how soft my skin feels after using a sonic brush. But some do irritate my skin or leave it a bit dry, dehydrated and tight feeling. The bristles are a bit rough on a few brands. I also dislike how long they take to charge. And the sonic brushes, even the minis, are pretty pricey.
I’ve also dropped and broken a few sonic brushes. The fatter model brush handles don’t fit in my hand very well, especially in the shower.
MY UTILYZE™ EXPERIENCE
My skin’s smooth and glowing after use, without redness, scratchy patches or irritation. My serums apply and absorb quickly after use.
The 10-degree angled head gets hard to reach areas like the blackheads on the sides of my nose, my chin and my throat. I love how even stubborn blackheads purge without damaging my sensitive skin. UTILYZE™ is helpful for my whiteheads that won’t budge. My skin seems far less congested and my pores appear smaller.
I find the massage head useful for helping my topical creams and serums absorb into the skin.
I also prefer the slim design of UTILYZE™. It’s lightweight, thinner and longer than other sonic brushes. It fits into my hand and is easy to hold onto, even in the shower.
WHERE TO BUY IT
Find the UTILYZE™ 2-in-1 Advanced Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush at https://www.amazon.com/UTILYZE-Advanced-Cleansing-Massage-Settings/dp/B07DDH61BN. Style Chicks readers get an extra 20% off with code 20STYLECHICK.
Like you, the team here at Style Chicks needs time to evaluate and form an opinion of any of the products we talk about. In the case of UTILYZE™ 2-in-1 Advanced Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush, we received compensation for our time and effort to test, research and form the opinion above. Our review and pictures are because we think the product is great and want to share it with you!