How to use a face brush

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How to use a face brush
Face brushes can help you get a smooth, even complexion. (morning make-up face image by Julia Britvich from

Face, or complexion, brushes are a way to exfoliate your skin quickly and effectively, and they can help to make your skin softer. Many women like face brushes because they think that the brushes make their skin cleaner than using their hands. Additionally, facial brushes gently exfoliate dry flaky skin. These brushes can be traditional wood-backed or battery powered ones, and they are available at a wide range of price points. Battery-powered brushes often vibrate or rotate, providing an extra boost for their cleansing and exfoliating properties.

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Things you need

  • Face brush
  • Facial cleanser
  • Towel

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    Sweep the brush over your skin, concentrating on areas that require greater exfoliation, such as the nose and the chin. Use a gentle touch with dry brushes and skin, as there is nothing to shield your skin from the bristles.

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    Keep your battery-powered brush moving, as you don't want to rest on one spot and irritate the skin.

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    Rinse with water, and towel dry your face.

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    Dampen your face with water and apply your facial cleanser. The brush may cause your cleanser to foam more than usual, so you may want to consider using less than you normally would.

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    Using short strokes, apply the brush to your face. Do not scrub with a manual brush, as that can irritate your skin. Keep a battery powered-brush moving over your skin.

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    Rinse with water, and towel dry your face.

Tips and warnings

  • All manual brushes can be used dry, as long as they have soft bristles. Check the instructions for battery-powered brushes before using them dry.
  • Clean your brush after each use. Manual brushes need to be cleaned frequently to clear out any dead skin that may be caught in the bristles. Clean them with a gentle soap and water, and let them dry fully between each use.
  • Do not use harsh soaps, as residue can irritate your skin the next time you use the brush.
  • Battery-powered brushes often have disposable heads that you should discard after each use. If the brush heads are not disposable, wash and let them dry between each use.

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