Promising to cleanse more thoroughly than if you were to use your hands, facial cleansing brushes are the investment to go for if you’re intending to give your current routine a little boost.
What is a facial cleansing brush?
Automated or manual, fibre or silicon bristles, spinning or vibrating, almost ridiculously expensive or oh-so-affordable – there are SO MANY TYPES OF FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSHES. They all have one thing in common: they all promise to wash your face and wash it well; leaving you with a radiant clean skin that will light up your Instagram feed with #nomakeup selfies for days.
Particularly great for city-dwellers (like us!), who are exposed to lots of polluted air, air-conditioned rooms, and humidity, they are designed to remove stubborn micro-particles and grime that our hands cannot.
With so many different models on the market now, we’ve gone ahead to find some of the best facial cleansing brushes available in Singapore. Here are 18 that are well-loved by those who have used them!
Best facial cleansing brushes for every skin type:
1. Clarisonic Mia 2
The Clarisonic the grand old dame of facial cleansing brushes – it is often the device that first comes to mind when there is a discussion on the topic. And, with good reason! It is a best-selling product all over the world, and it is not exactly cheap.
With a price tag like that, is it worth it? Its fans say yes! It comes with the flexibility of changing the brush heads to suit your specific skin concerns (there is literally a brush head for everyone!) and you can choose from two speeds as this advanced brush micro-massages every surface and plane of your face. This is truly an investment piece that you’ll appreciate more with the results you receive!
2. Foreo Luna 2
Ringing in at more than SGD300, this device is the most expensive of the bunch we have found here! Like the Clarisonic, the Foreo has a cult-following in spite of its hefty price tag, and here’s why: it uses incredibly advanced T-sonic pulsations to deep-cleanse the pores on your face.
It is made of really soft non-porous silicone, which is ace in preventing the build-up of bacteria on the brush. There is also an anti-ageing function – located on the concentric circles on the other side of the device – which works on wrinkles by directing lower-frequency pulsations to gently massage those areas. There are a few different models of the Foreo Luna that caters to normal skin, sensitive skin and ultra-sensitive skin types.
Available from Foreo at SGD299 and Sephora at SGD319. By the way, if you use “DAVA15” when you check out on Foreo, you’ll receive a 15% discount storewide (except on Luna Mini 2). Read the reviews here.
3. Braun 832E FaceSpa
This is a 2-in-1 product that has both deep cleansing and hair removal functions with removable heads that are easily swapped in and out, making this an extremely hardworking beauty tool!
The cleaning brush promises to cleanse your skin up to six times more thoroughly than if you were to wash your face by hand, as it gently massages and exfoliates your face with its micro-oscillations. The brush head is removable and you can get a brush head that suits your specific skin needs, whether it is sensitive dry skin, or stubborn blackheads you wish to target.
Sensitive and Dry Skin
1. E.L.F. Cosmetics Cleansing Duo Face Brush
With soft, luxurious bristles on one side to build up a rich lather, and a textured silicon pad for exfoliating, this device is well-loved for its ability to gently invigorate, refresh and deeply cleanse the skin. It has an ergonomically shaped textured handle to allow for easy grip while cleansing. Fans love it for its soft bristles that are gentle on sensitive skin, and its amazing price point!
2. EcoTools Facial Cleansing Brush
This little but mighty brush has almost reached cult-status for its high performance in spite of its really affordable price. Its soft, cruelty-free bristles work wonderfully on sensitive skin, gently exfoliating and deep-cleansing pores. This brush really shows that a product’s low price tag is not an indication of how effective it is!
3. Panasonic EH-SC50 Micro Foaming Cleanser
This is the model available in Singapore and is rather similar to the well-loved EH-XC10-N available in the US and other parts of the world. It is a 3-in-1 micro-foaming device that gently removes makeup with a warm head, thoroughly removes dirt from pores with its very fine brush bristles, and generates a luxurious whipped micro-sized foam to clean deeply from inside the pores.
4. Tsururi Face Pore Cleansing Brush Mild
Made from silky soft, ultra-fine bristles that are only 5µm thick, this brush has anti-bacterial properties thanks to its special Kanegoto fibre bristles that is fast-drying. It lathers up your cleanser into a rich foam, gently working on your pores to cleanse thoroughly and deeply. Reviewers love this for its extremely fine and soft bristles that are great for sensitive skin.
Acne-Prone Skin with Blackheads
1. COC Peach Pore Cleansing Brush
With its sweet pink exterior shaped like a cute little peach, this brush is more powerful than it looks! Its pink-tipped bristles are soft and glide like a dream on your face, removing sebum and dirt effectively with the foam that will be produced. It also exfoliates gently as you cleanse in a circular motion, gently removing dead skin cells and leaving your face feeling and looking fresh and radiant.
2. Tosowoong Pore Brush
This brush is great for targeting blackheads and pores because of its extremely fine bristles: the brush head is made up of more than 300,000 hairs made of synthetic material, each bristle measuring a mere 0.045mm in thickness. The density of the brush head facilitates deep cleansing of the pores and sebum removal without causing irritation to your face.
3. Pobling Pore Sonic Cleanser
This made-in-Korea brush comes highly recommended by its users, especially for deep cleansing of the pores to rid the face of stubborn blackheads. For a sonic device, the Pobling is really value-for-money and performs amazingly with its fine and soft brush bristles. Pop in an AAA battery and you’re good to go!
Anti-Ageing and Fine Lines
1. Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System
This is a home-system that specifically targets signs of ageing such as fine lines, ages spots, and dull and droopy skin. It comes with single-use puffs that have been filled with ultra-fine crystals and mild purifiers to help exfoliate as the massaging micro-vibrations emitted by the device help boost cell regeneration. It is recommended to use this three times a week for maximum effect. People who have tried it love this for helping them attain significantly more luminous, youthful-looking and clean skin.
2. Olay ProX Microdermabrasion Cleansing System
Designed by dermatologists, this home-kit combines the power of cleansing, exfoliating and microdermabrasion to give your skin a visibly better texture.
It comes with two brush heads: the Microdermabrasion Foam Head with the self-warming Thermal Crystal Polisher, which you are recommended to use up to twice a week for exfoliating best results; and the gently massaging Facial Cleansing Brush that can be used daily with the accompanying Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser for radiant, youthful-looking skin.
1. Clinique Sonic System Cleansing Brush
This is one of the few brushes in the market that is not made up solely of soft bristles; its little oval head is made up of slightly harder angled bristles in pale green, and more delicate bristles in white.
This is great for people with combination skin, as the T-zone requires a more thorough scrubbing while the rest of the face only needs a gentle scrubbing for optimal results.
2. Iuiga Sonic Silicone Facial Cleansing Device
It looks and functions like the popular Foreo Luna, without the hefty price-tag! It cleanses your face by vibrating up to 8,000 times a minute, cleansing your pores deeply and gently with its soft and thick silicone brush head.
Made of anti-bacterial silicone that does not trap dirt, this is a very hygienic option as silicone is non-porous and dries quickly. This device has six intensity settings for a truly customisable cleansing experience.
It also comes with a side made for massaging, that pulsates at a lower frequency of 4,500 times a minute. This helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and also firms up sagging areas on the skin as it massages your face. We really recommend you try this out if you have been thinking about the Foreo Luna!
3. Philips VisaPure SC5275 Facial Care
With both gentle and deep cleansing settings on this brush, it is just the device for those who have normal/combination skin, as the settings can be adjusted as you work the brush on different areas of your face.
It features both rotational and vibrational technology to get the cleansing job well done – it promises to cleanse your face up to 10 times more thoroughly than if you were to use your hands!
4. Beurer FC45 Facial Cleanser
This is a pocket-friendly option that promises a four-times-better cleanse than if you were to wash your face by hand. With two speed and rotation settings that can be adjusted for your face if you have combination skin, its soft bristles are gentle yet thorough in exfoliating and cleansing to reveal a more radiant complexion.
5. IOPE Derma Professional Auto Cleanser
You may have heard about this Korean brand for its amazing BB cushions, and its first cleansing brush is just as high-performing!
It is a five-in-one device that targets clogged pores, sebum, blackheads, dead skin cells, and makeup removal, and has an anti-bacterial brush that has been specially designed for Asian women who have smaller pores. The brush head can rotate 360 degrees, providing an extremely thorough and precise cleanse that rids your skin of impurities and grime. Your clogged pores will experience a deep-cleansing like no other, leaving you with the radiant, clean and smooth skin of your K-drama dreams!