by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

Debunked: Do cleansing devices really work?

Whether you’re a skincare addict or an amateur, you’ve probably heard of facial cleansing devices and how they can be a major bonus to your skincare routine. They’ve been on the market for some time now, but they’re still trending on the skincare scene. When it comes to cleansing and exfoliating, there’s just no competition.

What is a cleansing device?

Cleansing devices are amazing because they do three things. First, they offer a deeper cleanse than just using your hands to wash your face; they’re more thorough in removing every last scrap of makeup, sunscreen and everyday grime you may have missed, and are especially useful for urban dwellers. When the day’s dirt and sebum are completely removed, your skincare products are absorbed more effectively into the skin.

Second, they help keep pores clean on a daily basis so you need fewer extractions. Your skin renews itself every 28 days, and exfoliating with a cleansing device really helps speed up the process. Plus, cleansing devices are also great tools for improving circulation and lymphatic drainage, which is an issue for a lot of people.

The best part: You can use whatever cleanser you want so they’re a fuss-free addition to your skincare routine.

How do we use it?

A general rule of thumb: if you have sensitive skin or dry skin, avoid using them too often—once or twice a week is good enough. Otherwise, you can work up to using it once a day.

Tip: Use lots of water.

Your device will work exponentially better when there’s water involved rather than just squeezing some cleanser on the brush head and getting to it. Plus, if your brush or your face is too dry, the scrubbing is more likely to be too abrasive against your skin.

Will it cause breakouts?

Make sure to clean your brush heads at least once a month, just like your makeup brushes.

Rinse it under warm water and use some soap to remove dirt and makeup residue. Then, massage the bristles clockwise with your clean fingers for about a minute, switch to counterclockwise and repeat. This prevents any bacteria buildup.
Once a week, soak the brush head in a bowl of rubbing alcohol for a minute (and don’t rinse). This will kill any remaining bacteria. Air-dry on a clean towel in a well-ventilated room.

Remember to replace your brush head every 3 months and never share it with other people.


Clarisonic Mia Smart, SGD348.50
Foreo Luna Mini 3 Cleansing Device, SGD235
Magnitone London First Step Skin-Balancing Compact Cleansing Brush, SGD70