Skin-Saving, Budget-Friendly Beauty Brushes by Instrumental Beauty By Alison Blackman, Editor in Chief, Advicesisters.com
You brush you hair. You brush your teeth. To cleanse under your fingernails, you brush your nails. So it just makes sense that to beautify, cleanse and enhance your skin, you’d also use a brush.
Why use a brush on your skin? Simply put, facial and body brushes work to unclog your pores, cleanse your skin, and exfoliate dead, dry skin cells. If you’re using self tanners this Summer (or any time) the brush will smooth out imperfections in your skin to make the tanner look much smoother. Deeply cleansed and exfoliated skin will also be more receptive to some of your serums and other beauty treatment potions.
Some of these facial and body brushes come with different heads that work on various skin types. The Advice Sisters have reviewed several in the past couples of years, including the Clarisonic Mia 2 and some less pricey brands.
Recently, The Advice Sisters were sent two brush systems for skin, from the newly introduced Instrumental Beauty Brand This company offers quality beautifying tools, for less. We tested the Instrumental Beauty Sonic Facial Brush ($80.00) which has a sonic technology that is something like that in the beloved Clarisonic, and the Instrumental Beauty Home Spa Treatment System ($30.00).
The Instrumental Beauty Sonic Facial Brush: First let me say that your skin is going to differ from mine so my personal preferences are highly subjective. As someone with sensitive skin, I have found that most facial brushes seriously irritated my skin. Unlike traditional facial cleansing brushes that just rotate at different speeds on a spindle, the brush head of the Clarisonic (and the Instrumental Beauty Sonic Facial Brush) oscillate at a sonic frequency. The inner and outer rings of the brushes work to loosen dirt and oil, remove deep-seated impurities from pores, and of course, cleanse your skin of whatever is on it that you don’t want (including dead skin cells).
This unit arrives with two heads, a gentle one and a more durable one and it has three speeds. One thing I really liked about the Instrumental Beauty brush is that one head stays on the unit, the other is stored right on the side of the charger, so it’s always handy. Alas, as far as I could tell neither brush is marked as to type, so when I charged up my unit and I tried it just on the lowest speed, my face immediately reddened. I used it on my face for just seconds and realized that this probably wasn’t the best brush for me (it was ok on my neck). It isn’t the technology that’s at fault, it’s the bristles on the brush. For someone who doesn’t have sensitive skin issues, both brushes will make this a bonus. You get the unit, charger, the two brush heads, and a brush head cover.
Considering the fact that this Sonic Facial Brush is about half the price of a basic Clarisonic, this could be the biggest beauty bargain of the year.
The Instrumental Beauty Home Spa Treatment System: This large body brush a large, waterproof rotary brush used for body cleansing and exfoliation can be used to deeply penetrate skin with moisturizer and remove sunscreens, lotions, and other potions you’ve put on your skin. For those who tend to break out from sweat and lotions especially in the warmer months, using a body brush like this can keep your skin cleaner and less prone to breakouts.
The Instrumental Beauty Home Spa Treament System isn’t sonic, the heads rotate on a spindle. The largest and waterproof, 8-ring (of bristles) rotary brush is your best choice for body cleansing and exfoliation. But also included in the Home Spa Treatment System are three smaller heads. The deep cleansing facial brush can be used in the shower (it wasn’t gentle enough for my skin, but yours will vary, of course); the Microdermabrasion sponge can be used with an exfoliant of your choice to remove dead, dry skin (it’s great on feet, elbows, etc); and the Exfoliation Smoothing Stone is a pumice stone you don’t have to rub and scrub, as it rotates all on it’s own to remove calloused skin on places like your heels (sandals season is here, ladies)! The unit is powered by 4 included AA batteries. While it didn’t knock my socks off with excitement, I’ve come to love it. Use it regularly and you may find ingrown that hairs are a thing of the past. Alas, there isn’t a cover for the large rotary brush, I just keep mine in a plastic bin near my bathtub.
You can get these online at RiteAid, but do check out the Instrumental Beauty Web Site to see all the tools they offer.