It used to be about finding the best cleanser to wash your way to smooth-as-silk skin. But now, nothing beats the “brrr” of a skin-buffing brush.
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Do you ever wonder why your serums and moisturisers just aren’t working? Maybe you put it down to the fact that a particular cream isn’t right for you. So you try another, but it doesn’t do much either. Ugh. What’s going on?
Science says that the problem might lie in how you’re cleansing, not just what you’re using. According to scientist and global innovation expert for Skin Inc Dr Shekhar Mitra, if you don’t cleanse your face properly, only around one percent of your product’s beneficial ingredients goes into the outer layer of your skin (the epidermis). This means that you’ve got less chance of achieving the flawless complexion you’ve been dreaming about. Cue the sonic cleansing brush.
What is sonic cleansing?
“Sonic technology is clinically proven to cleanse the skin six times better than hands alone,” explains founder and creator of Clarisonic Dr Robb Akridge. “The sonic method works with the skin’s natural elasticity to throroughly cleanse and go under the skin’s surface. This transforms the texture, reduces pore size and creates a smoother, softer and more radiant complexion.” And that’s what we all want, right? He tells us how the bristles help to softly penetrate the skin’s natural barriers and remove anything topical that’s blocking serums and moisturisers from settling deeper into the epidermis. This brushing allows your skin to be around 50 percent more receptive to the beautyboosting ingredients of your products, which can help to improve your overall complexion.
How does it work?
When you switch it on, the brush spins at sonic speed, producing on average 200-300 movements per second. This gently opens up the pores and helps to extract impurities and regenerate the skin cells. Use the brush in a circular motion, starting at your forehead or T-zone, and then gently make your way around the face.
The vibrations stimulate blood flow and increase oxygen levels in your skin. The built-in timer turns the brush off after a minute; this works to prevent you from over-cleansing. If you have sensitive skin, it’s recommended that you only use it once or twice a week. And if you start to break out? Hang up the brush until your skin clears up.
Now that your skin is clear of impurities, give it a boost of hydration with a hydrating serum that contains hyaluronic acid like Skin Inc Hyaluronic Acid Long- Lasting Hydration Serum (10ml), $64.