BUT having a motorised cleansing brush makes exfoliating a little less boring and also a little more exciting and weirdly it's something I'm looking forward to adding to my non-existent skin care routine and by non-existant I mean, I just cleanse my face in the shower... yeah, talk about lazy.
The fact that you're getting a deep clean and getting into places on your face where a manual brush can't reach seems way more convincing than just using a buffer sponge/manual brush.
Like many girls, I've been eyeing the Clarisonic Cleansing Brush for a while now but I couldn't really justify if investing around $150~ (depending on the model - which can go up to $300!) and if it is worth the spend. I know people out there who swear by it and some say that it didn't do any wonders to their skin - hence why I haven't purchased one myself.
Luckily, I was given the opportunity to try out Olay's Regenerist Cleansing System which is the 'poor girls version' of the Clarisonic and put it to the test to see if it really made a difference.
This cleansing system includes the 'The Beauty Device' aka the motorised brush, a pair of AA batteries (Yes, batteries included!) and also the brush head which 'acts like tiny hands and fingers'. Also enclosed with the system is a generous sized sample of their 'Skin Perfecting Cleanser'.
The sample is pretty redundant for me since I don't really need the anti-aging properties - so I passed on that. Instead I used my Clinique Liquid Facial Soap since I use that stuff quite regularly, along with my miscellaneous bundle of exfoliators I have from both Clinique and Neutrogena in my bathroom.
My skin isn't really problematic in general but I do get the occasional zits and blemishes along with the whole list of blackheads, pores etc. Despite my skin needs, it's the perfect time to put the brush to the test and also get a routine going. If you're wondering, I currently have Dry Combination skin.
I wish I could compare this to the Clarisonic but sadly I don't own one, so I'm just gonna go with my instincts and also on what my thoughts are on this brush.
The brush itself is pretty average, nothing special. The system itself is waterproof which is always a plus. I tried this on my face a couple of times already and I could say I've instantly noticed that my face feels so much more polished and smoothed out. But I wouldn't say the brush is a versatile brush as it may irritate those with sensitive skin.
It's recommended that you approximately use the brush for a minute which is more than sufficient to get that deep clean. The cleansing brush itself, reminds me much of a giant toothbrush. Don't get me wrong the bristles are super soft and the brush head is really gentle against the skin. But... I would limit this to either once every one to two weeks if you have super sensitive skin like me.
In terms of speed, the device itself has two speeds (slow and fast) which is easily interchangeable by just alternating between the two buttons. Great for where you want to focus on problematic areas and can get right into the crevasses to get rid of all those blackheads and what not.
The downside, you have to keep purchasing/replacing batteries which is a nuisance. Also, I wish there was a case to cover up the brush and the brush to me could've been more unique it terms of the design of the brush like having a combination of bristles or something? I'm just saying.
As for the design, I'm not really a fan of the way the brush is designed as the brush head sticks out and I find that it's kind of bulky?
Other than that, I felt like the system is pretty good for the price you pay so I'm pretty content for what the product is offering. I would definitely say it's a step up from your traditional sponge/manual brush and if you're in the market for a cleansing brush / Clarisonic alternative.
Deep cleansing is something I don't really do that often (yes I am ashamed!) and I think i'm going to get into the habit a bit more with this brush.
If you're interested, do check it out in store - I believe Priceline and leading retailers like Big W, Target etc. carries this cleansing system. So check it out!
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