Pros and Cons of Cleansing Brush for Your Face
One of the gadgets that are taking the beauty world by a storm is the cleansing brush. You can see your favourite YouTubers raving about the fancy Foreo devices that can shed over 10k from your bank balance to its dupes on Amazon which sell for only a few hundred bucks. So, here is Dr. Rashmi Shetty’s take on this beauty gadget, so you can finally decide whether to go for it or give it a pass.
- Say goodbye to dead skin
A good quality cleansing brush with soft silicone bristles with gentle round tips can be a great mechanical exfoliator. It can gently lift off the layer of dead skin cells which sit on top of your skin, making it look dull, rough and patchy.
The dead skin cell layer can act as a barrier which does not let skincare penetrate your skin. Once the dead skin layer is off, your skin drinks up all the beautiful products you apply on top of it.
- Exfoliation queen
A quality cleansing brush is a much better alternative to the physical scrubs that flood the beauty aisles of the supermarket.
These tubes of scrubs are laden with ingredients such as powdered walnut shell, sugar, salt, coffee ground and likes which are meant to exfoliate your skin. Unfortunately, these particles have sharp, jagged edges which might not be visible to your naked eye. But they definitely leave behind micro-tears on your skin.
- Make-up lover’s delight
If you are into wearing thick layers of heavy make-up, then this cleansing brush is God sent for you. It can be very effective in giving a deep cleanse to your skin, pulling out the fine make-up particles settled in your pores effectively.
- Acne snuffer’s plight
If you have any kind of acne infection on your skin, face brushes are an absolute NO-NO for you. The bristles of the brush can pick up the bacteria from the infected region and spread it onto other regions cause new breakouts. Moreover, it can irritate the raw and angry skin prevalent among acne sufferers and do a lot more damage than good.
- Barrier villain
The stratum corneum is the topmost layer of your skin which is build out of dead skin cells held together by natural lipids. This layer forms an effective barrier to protect your skin from eternal agents of infection, buffers the penetration of potentially harmful chemicals present in your skincare products and maintains the moisture level of your skin. Using cleansing brushes regularly or one which is harsh on your skin can completely disrupt the skin barrier, causing irritation, acne and dryness of the skin.
Dr. Rashmi Shetty’s tip: Use the face brush in moderation; about twice a week for dry skin and thrice for oily skin.
- Material matters
Brush heads with thin, hair-like bristles made out of natural fibres or synthetic material can easily trap water and become a breeding ground for microbes that can transfer to your skin easily when you use the brush.
Dr. Rashmi Shetty’s tip :Use a silicon brush with bigger bristles. And do not share it with anyone.
Who should buy face brushes?
- People with healthy skin, with no signs of acne, looking for gentle exfoliation.
- People who wear heavy make-up which require thorough cleansing.
Range of Supplements from Solskin for Skin Clarity
Healthy skin naturally sheds off the dead skin layer every 2 to 4 weeks. One will only need an extra exfoliation tool in their regimen if they do not maintain the health of their skin. Dr. Rashmi Shetty suggests the following supplements from Solskin that are great to keep your skin healthy and supple.
Ra Primerose +: This healthy potion of evening primrose oil, vitamin E and flaxseed oil improves your skin from within by supplying essential nutrients to the body.
Ra Skin Hydrate Tablet: It replenishes your body’s reserve of collagen, peptide, and hyaluronic acid to maintain youthful plumpness and glow of your skin.
In clinic care at Ra
If exfoliation is what you are looking for, then Dr. Rashmi Shetty would suggest you visit our clinic for –
- Gentle chemical peels that get rid of your dead skin without the risk of causing any micro tear.
- Clean up to get out deep-seated gunk from your pores. It is much more effective than a cleansing brush to unclog your pores and let them breathe.
- Hydra facial which even gives nourishment to your skin in addition to a thorough clean up.
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This is something I am not so favourable of …#drybrushing or #brushing when face is wet specially if you have #acne or #acneproneskin as this causes further spread of infection and may inflame your skin. But if you skin is healthy and needs a gentle exfoliation this may not be a bad idea, if you use the right brush.