If you are tired of stealing your wife’s electric face cleansing brush and are looking for a sonic cleansing system designed for a man, there are a few products on the market to be aware of.
Men can, of course, use any of the super popular cleansing brushes that women use (i.e. the Clarisonic Mia 2 or the Proactiv Deep Cleansing Brush), but they can also really benefit from some of the unique features of the systems that are created for men’s thicker, often oilier skin. Face cleansing systems can help to get rid of sweat, dirt and oil, much better than hand washing alone. Some of the benefits of using a face brush include: evening out your skin tone, helping prevent breakouts and blemishes, making medications and moisturizers absorb better, and best of all for men, giving you a closer shave and fewer ingrown hairs.
There are many reported benefits to using a sonic facial brush, not only do they get into your pores and help to deep clean your skin, they are also great for exfoliating dead skin, giving your it a more radiant glow. Regular use improves tone, texture, elasticity, and firmness. Since skin is smoother and softer, products or medications you apply after their use are able to be absorbed more deeply. These devices are also ideal for:
- Treating acne
- Oily complexions
- Reducing the appearance of large pores
- Helping with uneven skin tone
Using an electric brush allows the user to get 6 times better cleaning than with hands alone. For men, these devices have the added benefit of prepping skin for shaving, creating a closer shave and less razor burn or ingrown hair problems. Individuals with beards, also find that the brushes can help to clear areas of the beard that may be prone to breakouts and leave the beard softer and more comfortable.
What you should know before buying
Sonic face systems have become wildly popular products in recent years; people love them and find that their complexion is very much improved after using them. Since these devices aren’t cheap, there are a few things to be aware of before buying one.
- A lot of people have breakouts after starting to use a face brush. Breakouts are a fairly common occurrence and should clear up in a few weeks as dead cells are removed. Skin brushes generally improve acne over time with proper use. Although if you do have acne, avoid using the device over any infectious open wounds, but you can use the brush around areas with acne. You should also make sure you clean the head with soap and water or alcohol to avoid acne-causing bacteria build-up.
- If you buy online, you need to make sure you are buying from an authorized dealer. There are a number of reports of fake products being sold online. If you aren’t sure if any product you have bought is the real deal, register it as soon as you received it on the manufactures website. If you are not able to register it, return it to the seller right away as it is probably a diluted, expired, or counterfeit product that may not be safe to use or perform as tested.
- Don’t use any of these devices more than is recommended. Ensure you follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions. Over use can lead to broken capillaries, excessive dryness, irritation, redness, and sensitivity.
- Do not use if you have: sensitive, sunburned,broken or thin skin. As well as rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, or skin that is prone to broken capillaries or redness.
- Don’t share brushes with family members, if they are not cleaned properly and/or replaced after three months they may hold acne causing bacteria in the bristles.
- Don’t use these products with other exfoliates.
In order to find the best facial system for you, you will want to have a close look at the different types of features that are offered on the various models.
Since facial cleaning devices are electric, they need power to run the motor. Most systems generally use either rechargeable battery or AA batteries. The higher end models all use rechargeable batteries that generally have a fairly lengthy battery life. Most users charge the battery well before it dies, so you don’t have to worry about running out of power in the middle of washing your face. A couple of products use a charging dock base that connects via USB and can be charged using a computer.
One of the most important features to be aware of is the number of speed setting a particular device has. Most users are fine with just one setting, but you can get device with up to three different speed settings. Generally, you will pay more for more settings. Depending on how you are going to be using the device, you may find that one speed setting is all you need, or you may want a more vigorous cleaning and opt for the faster rotating setting. The Clinique and the Mia 1 offer one speed setting, while the Luna and the Clarasonic Alpha Fit offer 2 settings. If you would like three settings you could try the Clarisonic Aria.
The benefit of getting just one setting means the device is very simple to use. Two settings are great for users who are looking for a deeper cleansing or to clean a beard. People that use the three speeds want to be able to give certain areas of their face a more vigorous exfoliation.
The systems we included in our top picks all have warranties from 1 to2 years. Some brushes you can buy do not come with warranties. Before buying check that any product you are considering has a warranty and the time period for the warranty. You should also ensure that you retain proof of purchase. You may need to register the product on the manufacturer’s website.
A lot of men like to wash their face in the shower and most of the higher end products designed for men are waterproof and can be used in the shower. Having a waterproof device is usually a good idea for any product you purchase that will be used around a sink or near a shower.
Some systems come with multiple heads that are for different purposes (With some Clarasonic devices you can get heads for normal, deep pore, sensitive and delicate). The Clinique Sonic System’s has just one brush head, but there are two types of bristles on the head itself for different areas of the face.
Electric face cleaning systems range in price from $20 to $200. If you are looking for a simple budget model the Olay Professional ProX Advanced Cleansing System is a great option, it has two speeds, one soft brush head and is very easy to use. It is available most places that you would buy Olay products. If you would like a product that has a warranty, has different speeds for different parts of your face and has the option to use different types of heads, you will need to speed more for these types of features.
How to use a Face Cleansing Brush
Most dermatologists recommend using an electric facial brush no more than 2 times per week, although the Luna and the Clinique system are gentle enough that some customers use them one a day.
To use, you just apply your favorite foaming cleanser to your face beforehand or directly onto the brush head (refer to instructions for any device you purchase). Take the device and gently move it around your face for approximately 60 seconds. You should not use on the eye area, since the skin is too delicate.
Recommendations and Reviews
Best for Sensitive Skin
LUNA™ For Men
- Very gentle
- Sleek modern design
- Don’t have to buy replacement heads
- It is waterproof and made from silicone
- Good Battery Life (approx. 400 uses per full charge)
Need to Know
The LUNA™ for MEN’s is a great option if you have tried a Clarasonic device and found it to be too harsh or abrasive. The Luna is so gentle that you can use it every day without irritating your face. It has silicone touch-points that remove dead cells, and unclogs pores; it also helps to prep the skin for a more comfortable shave that can prevent razor burn. The Luna has a couple of cool features like signaling you when it is time to change to a different zone of your face. It also has a special anti-aging routine that you use after you have washed off your cleanser. The company has a great warranty for this item, once you have registered the product on FOREO website, your warranty will extend to 2 years.
What users love:
Users love the fact that they don’t have to replace any brushes and the battery charge lasts for months. Reviewers often note that because of the silicon it has a really clean feel to it, the silicone also makes it handy to take to the gym because you can dry it off really quickly. It is also reported to work really well for users who have very oily complexions, as well helping users with sensitive skin to minimize shaving bumps and ingrown hairs.
Clinique For Men™ Sonic System
- Two bristle types within the brush head
- Gentle enough to use everyday
- Good battery life
- Has only one power/speed setting
- Have to replace brush head every 3 months
Need to Know:
This Clinique Sonic System was developed by dermatologists specifically for men’s skin. It has a purifying brush head that has charcoal grey bristles that helps to clean more effectively than just hand-washing. On the head itself there are 2 bristle types: a softer area that you use for your cheeks, and a more firm bristle area that you can use on your forehead, chin, or nose. This two-tone brush vibrates rather than rotates. A built-in timer stops movement after 30 seconds. It charges via a stand with a USB cable, and a full charge lasts 180 minutes.
What users love: Users love that the Clinique system is so gentle that they can exfoliate and clean with the brush every day. Reviewers also mention that the battery life is very good, lasting about 3 hours on one charge (if you use it 60 seconds a day, you can go for weeks without having to charge it.) People also love that you get the two different types of bristles on the head, allowing you to use the stiffer bristles on the t zone and the softer bristles on the cheeks. The combined bristle type make it less time consuming than having to change heads for different areas of the face and neck where you want a different type of clean. A lot of reviewers also mention that their shaving regimen has greatly been enhanced, allowing for a more comfortable and closer shaving experience.
Best for Beards
Clarisonic Men’s Alpha Fit
- Works well for beards
- Has 2 speeds
- Deep clean
- Slightly more expensive than other models
- Will have to replace brush head every 3 months
Need to Know:
This is Clarasonics latest offering for men. It is a very powerful system that gets rid of oil, sweat, and grime. Some individuals find Clarasonic products to be too abrasive for sensitive skin, so if you are prone to breakouts or skin sensitivity this probably isn’t the right device for you. The Alpha Fit has two speeds: setting one is a 60 second cycle intended for daily use, while setting 2 is an 80 seconds power setting for beards or if you just feeling like you need a deep clean after working out or other strenuous activity
What users love:
Users who are looking for a deep clean love the Alpha Fit. The bristles are soft and the device is easy to use in the shower or over a sink. It holds a charge for quite a few uses. The size makes it good for travel, and the charger is very portable. Reviewers also report that it is great for beards and helps to soften them and make them more comfortable. Some users have reported that the Alpha Fit helps to really clean beards deeply, that helps with avoiding break outs due to ingrown hairs.
What could be improved?
Some individuals feel the cleanser that comes with the device has an overpowering fragrance, but you can use any type of product that you want with the device.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for something to brighten up your complexion and are finding that whatever creams and cleansers you are using aren’t quite giving you the boost that you need, a sonic face system could be exactly what you need to help get your face looking great. Just remember if you do try out a system, it may take your skin a couple of weeks to get used to it, some users find that brushes cause them to have breakouts, but if you stick with it you should see improvement after a couple of weeks.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you need to replace the head (on some products) every three months as bacteria can live in heads and if they aren’t cleaned properly or replaced you could be making your skin worse without realizing it. It is also important not to over use a face brush (not more than once a day, generally recommended doing it 2 times a weeks) as it can cause dryness and irritation.
Many people have gotten great results using an electric skin brush and find them to be a worthwhile investment.