When it comes to facial skincare tools, I’m of the opinion that less is more, and this especially applies to face cleansing tools. I’m just not convinced that anyone needs more than their hands to do a good job. Plus, towels and brushes that have to be reused are potential breeding grounds for bacteria. The whole thing just squicks me out. The only exception to this rule for me are face massagers, because they are ergonomically configured for ease of use and temperature control, and to provide a level of pressure that’s sometimes better than what can be achieved by one’s fingers.
Now, I’m not saying you should tear through your bathroom cabinets flinging every tool on this list into the bin. The point of this exercise is to shed some light on the possible cons of skincare equipment that is marketed to consumers as the be-all, end-all when they’re actually not. As always, you should decide what skincare tools to ditch and adjust your routine and methods to fit you best.
The point is to shed some light on the possible cons of skincare equipment that is marketed to consumers as the be-all, end-all when they’re actually not.
Sure, a handy little brush to get the dirt and oil out of your pores may sound like a good idea, but in reality, it may not be. For one, bacteria and mildew can thrive between the bristles, which then gets transferred to your face when you use it.
Preventing this issue requires a level of maintenance that I am personally not disposed to. Some days I’m in too much of a hurry, and some nights I’m too tired to do anything beyond a cleanse-toner-serum-moisturizer routine. In fact, I live for my designated exfoliation nights because all I have to do is cleanse my face and slap on some product. So having to disinfect a brush every time I clean my face really isn’t my bag.
There’s also the fact that using these too often and pressing down too hard can cause microtears. I learned this the hard way, so I just tend to stay away from them altogether, even though I’m better informed. Maybe save the silicone scrubber for the hardier skin on your body.
Clarisonic Facial Brush
The argument in favor of electric face brushes is that they oscillate at frequencies faster than hands and fingers are capable of, making them more efficient at cleansing. While the Clarisonic claims to be designed in a manner such that the bristles on its brush heads are gentle enough to be used safely, the friction-driven cleansing motions could manipulate the skin in a manner that’s not ideal for, say, people with sensitive skin.
The issue with the Clarisonic is not so much that it’s 100 percent a bad product, but more about lacking control of how consumers will use the product, even when advised properly. So while the Clarisonic might be a good cleansing tool for those who suffer from blackheads, you might think about ditching this skincare tool since using it improperly might do more damage than good. It’s probably best to stick to two-step cleansing with your hands.
We live in a society where there is so much scrutiny surrounding personal appearances. People compare themselves daily to the unattainable standards they see in the media, as well as airbrushed selfies on Instagram. Magnifying mirrors amplify this problem, turning the tiniest blemishes into glaring imperfections. When we look into one, we begin to see all sorts of nonexistent issues, like the size of our pores, peach fuzz above our lips, irregular skin texture, and so on. These are all things that no one can see unless they hold a magnifying glass up to our faces, but perception is powerful, and so we believe that what we see in the mirror is what others will too.
Magnifying mirrors zoom in on one spot and don’t let you see the big picture, and so you shouldn’t rely on them for an accurate representation of your whole face. Plus, skin irregularities like hyperpigmentation and acne are normal. Don’t beat yourself up for being a human being with skin that does human things.
Kudos to anyone who’s willing to put a barrel of pointy metal anywhere near their face, but that person is not me. There are just some procedures that shouldn’t be attempted from the confines of a home bathroom.
When done professionally, dermarolling can yield great results, like the improvement of signs of aging and acne scars, but using it without the proper education can introduce bacteria from the improperly sanitized device and spread infections from active skin conditions such as acne or cold sores. Skin are exploration is fun, but some treatments are better left to a licensed aesthetician.
So what skincare tools are you ditching this year?