How to Use Your Clarisonic Brush
So you’ve invested in a Clarisonic brush to up your exfoliation game. Congratulations! Rotary brushes are widely used by estheticians in spas worldwide. They are a great way to really feel as though your skin has been thoroughly cleaned and deeply exfoliated like it needs to be. They are a wonderful tool to have for at-home spa nights and for your weekly exfoliation routine.
While you may already be reaping the benefits of healthy, glowing skin from your new skin care device, it’s important you understand how to use your Clarisonic brush the right way to avoid the risk of over-exfoliation.
Exfoliation is the process of removing dry, dead skin cells from the skin to allow fresh, “live” skin to surface. This leaves you with healthier, glowing skin that will allow products to properly penetrate the skin as well as resurface skin texture.
However, if you over-exfoliate, you can be left with miserable results such as dry, red, irritated skin. If over-exfoliation occurs too often, it can disrupt the barrier of moisture on your skin and cause excessive dryness.
The Truth Behind the Claims
The makers of Clarisonic brushes, along with any other companies that make rotating facial brushes claim that these brushes are for cleansing the skin. Many people buy them in hopes of cleaner, clearer skin, but in turn, end up with irritated skin. So why is this?
These brushes are not meant to be used for daily cleansing. They are actually exfoliating brushes. The gentle bristles act as exfoliants by lifting up dry, dead skin cells along with any makeup or debris that is on the skin.
So if you use this brush twice a day every day while cleansing on top of exfoliating with scrubs or acids, you are exfoliating way more than you should be.
However, when used properly, these brushes can be a great tool to keep on hand. I actually use one as well, and I love the results I get from my brush!
How to Use Your Clarisonic Brush
So now that you understand what the Clarisonic brush does for your skin, start using it the right way and you will benefit from the amazing results it can offer you!
Here are a few different ways you can use the brush.
- After cleansing and toning your skin, apply a mild scrub (like a honey almond scrub) and pat onto your entire face and neck. You can mix a little bit of your cleanser in with the exfoliant for a smoother application.
- Make sure your face is damp so the brush can glide smoothly over your face.
- Make no more than 3 passes with the brush over entire face and neck.
- Rinse off the scrub. This will ensure you don’t over-exfoliate, and 3 passes are enough to remove all dead skin cells without removing fresh skin.
- Complete skin care routine as usual post-exfoliation.
The bristles on your Clarisonic brush can exfoliate the skin themselves. Simply pat your cleanser over your entire face and neck and make no more than 5 passes over your skin with the brush.
Finish up with any toners, serums, and moisturizers you use.
How to Clean Your Clarisonic Brush
It’s important to clean your Clarisonic brush weekly to avoid spreading bacteria, fungus, and mold onto your face or onto other products in your bathroom that you will be touching. If you wash your brush thoroughly each week, your brush head will last you up to 3 months before it needs to be replaced.
Remove the brush head from the handle. You can also remove the brush centerpiece from the white piece to deeply clean both pieces. Simply squeeze the white grooves to remove brush head.
Use an antibacterial soap (Dial Gold Soap is what we used in Beauty school) and warm water to wash the pieces. A little bit goes a long way so only use a few drops.
Use your fingers to thoroughly wash the brush head, the white piece, and the handle. Rinse all pieces with warm water.
Keep all pieces separate overnight to air dry. Place the three pieces on a paper towel on your counter for the night.
It’s important to properly store your Clarisonic brush after each use to keep it clean as long as possible and extend the life of the brush. If you have the Mia model, store it with the cap on (when it’s completely dry) and lie it face down.
If you own the Aria model, place it in your charger stand while not in use.
For either model, make sure to replace your brush head every 3 months.
Are you using a rotating brush? What’s your experience with one? Let me know below!