Sunday, February 20, 2011

That's not my toothbrush...

I can't remember who introduced me to the necessity of washing my face. Sure, I was told by my mother to clean my face ever since I was a child, but I don't know where I learned that there really are different methods, techniques, tools, and formulas to get the face clean. I imagine I picked it up from extinct magazines like YM, Jane, and so forth. I know that I continue to learn about the ever-evolving techniques that are continuously being rediscovered and released.

Actually, I have one distinct memory of a face-washing lesson. It is a little foggy, but I remember finding a face brush. It was small, fit in the palm of my hand, and had extremely soft bristles. It kind of looked like a shoe polishing brush. I believe Queen Fierce told me that it was a brush to wash the face. I tried it, and didn't really know what to do, and being a teenager, I really didn't have the patience to figure it out, or make circular motions all over my face.

Fast forward to now. After several trials with different face regimens, I have come back to the face brush, except this time batteries and power buttons are involved.

In December, while I was in Costco, I came across the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System accompanied by a full-size tube of the Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser. The pack at Costco also included a replacement brush head and batteries. Everything was $36.99. Needless to say, I was curious and enticed enough to buy it.

Unlike my first experience with the little face brush, I very much like using the Olay brush. I like the feel of the bristles; they are soft enough not to cause any redness when washing the face, but firm enough to feel like they are exfoliating the dead skin. After using the brush with the exfoliating cleanser, my face feels so much smoother and cleaner.

The brush has two speeds, a low setting, which rotates the brush head at a very low speed and feels gentle and delicate. Then there is the fast setting, which speeds up the rotation to a more aggressive sensation on the skin. When I first started using the brush, I used the low speed so that I could slowly get my skin accustomed to the brush, and now, I use the faster speed, especially around the trouble areas like my nose and chin.

The brush, really just adds another degree of exfoliation without all of the arm work. It doesn't pulsate or do anything spectacular. The brush head just spins around and around like an electric toothbrush, and I like it.

I have to say that I am very happy with the brush. After one week of using it with the exfoliating cleanser that it came with, I decided to use it with my regular face wash, mark. That's Deep, and it still delivers. I am able to move the brush around the majority of my face without awkwardness--with the exception of my hairline, the brush grabs my little hairs closest to the hairline and gets them all wet (but it doesn't pull the hair, no worries there). The brush is quite portable, and I can use it while in the shower, however, I do believe that the brush is water RESISTANT, not water proof. So, don't fully immerse it in the water.

Also, I have been using the same brush head, which is really easy to put on and take off, since I started using the brush in mid-December. The batteries haven't run out either.

Now, as for the exfoliating cleanser, it is by far my favorite cleanser. The grit is fine, but effective. It feels like I am rubbing my face with finely-milled granules of sand. It is very gentle. However, I have noticed that using it every night with the brush is too much. Instead, I use the brush and exfoliating cleanser combo once a week, and I use the brush and regular cleanser the rest of the week.

Since I have been using the brush, my face has looked and felt great. Seriously, this, in combination with the Expert Scar Serum, has really helped clear up my skin. Even the blackheads that had set up permanent residence on my nose have slowly moved out. So yes, I would definitely buy replacement heads for this brush and feed it more batteries (the renewable ones though so as to not continue throwing away used batteries). And, yes, I would buy the exfoliating cleanser again, even though the individual price is a bit high ($17), but it is a really nice exfoliating cleanser, and the tube lasts a long time.

So, if you are intrigued and would like to try it out, I suggest you go to Costco to take advantage of the combo deal, or have a Costco-card toting friend to buy it for you, because 36.99 for the full-size cleanser, brush, batteries, and replacement head is a pretty damn good deal.

Brush: 5 out of 5 happy wallets. A simple and effective concept for the brush. It gets the job done by adding an exfoliating value to your cleanser. My face felt much cleaner and brighter, and my breakouts have diminished.

Cleanser: 5 out of 5 happy wallets. I love the way this feels. It is by far, my favorite exfoliating cleanser I have tried. One thing to note. On the tube it says that it is gentle enough for every day use with the brush, but I think that is too much. So you gauge it depending on your skin.

Brush individually: $30 at Walmart, Target
Cleanser individually: $17 at Walmart, Target

At Costco, combo: $36.99