Hi My Lovelies,
I am quite surprised that I have not posted the review of this cleansing brush despite having it for over two months*gasps* Well, if you live in England, I am pretty sure you may have heard of the Boots No 7 Cleansing Brush which is basically a cleansing brush for the face to rid it from all kinds of impurities, dirt and makeup. I have had my eyes on the Clarisonic Cleansing System for years but it's quite expensive and although I am not one to spare the pennies when it comes to skin care, the Clarisonic is still out of my budget. I have always seen the No 7 Cleansing Brush in Boots but I was not convinced. Towards the end of last year, my skin was playing up a little and I decided to close my eyes and purchase this brush. I convinced myself that I needed to try out a cheaper alternative to the Clarisonic Mia if I eventually decided to purchase it.
It's a pretty simple packaging which houses the Cleansing Brush itself, a brush head, two batteries and a manual. Nothing too fancy and it also comes with a 2 years warranty which I think is a good touch . The brush in itself is a good size for the average hand which is fantastic as I don't want to be lugging around something heavy across my face every day. The battery section is well protected with a clasp which prevents water from getting into the batteries. It also has one switch for the two settings: Slow (normal cleansing) and Fast (Deep cleansing) and it powers it off and on as well so you can say that button is pretty much multi-functional.
Boots says this clever cleansing brush gently exfoliates and deeply cleanses the skin getting rid of dirt, makeup and oil much more efficiently than the normal cleansing with your hands will do and I absolutely agree with them. My face feels really clean and soft and it is very easy to use.
I use this with my favourite cleanser which is the SK:N Vitamin Rich Cleanser for Oily Skin and they are amazing together. I always do the double cleanse which is simply removing my makeup initially with a cleansing wipe (I use Simple Skincare Wipes) or Bioderma (Micellar water) before going in with my cleanser. Next, I dampen my face with some water, wet the brush with some water, massage my cleanser on my face (not the brush unless you want it splashing everywhere), switch the button and cleanse across my face. I do each section for approx 20 seconds starting with my cheeks, forehead and chin. I am usually done within a minute or so. I wash my brush off any makeup and rinse my face. Viola!!! I do this everyday and night. Some people only use this every other day or a few days in a week but I have used mine twice a day and my skin has been loving it.
It cost about £24.95 and I actually purchased it for that amount without any discount which is really strange or shows how desperate I was at the time I got it. Normally, I would always wait for any discounts and Boots is very good with their £5 Vouchers off No 7 Skin Care. They sometimes even offer 3 for 2 on their range which makes this brush even cheaper. If you want to buy this and you are not desperate, it's best to wait till they have their offers on so you can get it cheaper.
I saw a difference to my face after the first use. Yes, I am never one to believe in hypes of products but it is so true. Before this brush when I was using my hands only for cleansing, there was always a residue of makeup still left when I used my cotton pad and toner. Now, not a single trace of makeup is left and it is truly amazing!! It really does take off every makeup with it rotating brush action which Boots claim cleans 4 times better than just using your mere fingers/hands to cleanser. My skin feels very soft and smooth to touch and I cannot imagine not using this any time I wear makeup. Even when I don't wear makeup, I still love to use it as it also feels like a mini spa and massage to my face. The most amazing difference I have seen is with my blemishes/hyper pigmentation which has started fading thanks to this brush, the Dr Organic Vitamin E range (already reviewed here) and the SK:N Vitamin Rich Cleanser with Glycolic Acid (review up soon). This brush facilitates fading away these dark blemishes by encouragin exfoliation of the skin around the hyper pigmentation which encourages cell renewal and regeneration of new skin. It also prevents me from breakouts which have been caused by makeup residue still left on my skin when I was just using my hands for cleansing.
1. It does not have a rechargeable battery so you have to buy batteries for it at least every two months or so if you use it everyday.
2. It does not have a stand which means you have to leave it lying down either on a towel or wherever you like
3. Still along point 2, the brush head does not have a cover which means it is exposed and can attract dust and germs flying around if you leave it as it is.
4. It is not readily available in many countries; I think you can buy it in the USA but I am not sure where else it can be bought apart from online assuming the shipping is ok.
5. Still on its limited availability; the brush heads are also not readily available in fact some smaller Boots don't even stock it which is pretty annoying.
6. Some people may feel the bristles of the brushes are a little obtrusive to their skin especially those with sensitive skin.
Despite all the cons listed above, this has to be one of my favourite purchases in 2013 and I adore this brush and it has made a massive difference to the skin on my face. I always look forward to using this brush every day; it's like my little spa/relaxation time. Also, the rotating action is very good in promoting blood circulation to the skin cells around the face which in turn promotes cell turn over and leaves the skin looking plump and smooth. I will definitely repurchase this if it ever gets damaged or maybe I can try out the Clarisonic when I have saved up more. See you in my next post.. .x