What I was told is that the #1 culprit for clogged pores is lack of proper makeup removal. When foundation has been sitting on our faces for the entire day, it is extremely important to remove them before heading to bed. Imagine piling makeup on our pillows and rolling on it for 8 hours day after day. Gross isn't it? After the lecture on proper skincare, the SA directed me to a handy little tool that she insisted would help with proper facial cleansing.
After removing makeup with a cleansing oil or your favorite choice of makeup remover, it is recommended to follow up with a facial cleanser. Most makeup remover contain oil to break down foundation so the 2nd cleanser is to help remove this oil from your skin. Leaving the build up of additional oil will lead to clogged pores. This is where the brush comes in especially if you're using a foaming cleanser. It is a small cleansing massage brush from Shiseido under The Skincare line that retails for $23USD.
Out of the stand, the brush can lie flat on its back with the bristles facing up. The brush is densely packed with very soft white bristles and 5 coral plastic bristles as shown from a top view.
Here is a close up picture of the bristles from a side angle to show you how densely populated they are.
Overall I completely fell in love with this brush after using it for the first time today. I have purchased and used the Clarisonic Brush before but it was way too harsh for my sensitive skin. Despite using it on the Gentle cycle/brush head, I feel Clarisonic's bristles are too stiff and not as soft or gentle on sensitive skin. I was left with red, inflamed, and irritated skin every time I used the Clarisonic. Thus I am ecstatic to report that I have finally found a cleansing facial brush that works and am hopeful my skin will improve. Shiseido's Cleansing Massage Brush is super soft and gentle on the skin. It takes no effort to use this on a daily basis for proper facial cleansing and it is travel friendly with the stand, which protects the bristles from being destroyed. You can check out more information on the brush at Shiseido.
What is your favorite method of facial cleansing? Do you use your hands or a tool?