Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System, $59.90; replaceable brush head, $11.90.
The brush head rotates 350 times a minute. It comes with Olay Regenerist Skin Renewal Cleanser.
VERDICT The bristles on this water-resistant gadget were less densely packed than on the other two devices, and felt slightly rough. However, they were still gentle enough not to irritate my eczema-prone skin. Blackheads are a perpetual problem for me, and this device removed them after one use. The most compact of the three, it’s the only one that uses batteries – a boon as I didn’t have to charge it before use.
Philips Visapure, $269; replaceable brush heads, $14-$21.
It comes with dual speed settings, for gentle and deep cleansing. The waterproof cleansing tool has a Skin Zone timer to indicate when it is time to move on to the next area. The brush head rotates while the bristles vibrate to give your face a deeper cleanse.
VERDICT Although the rotary motion tugged on my skin a little, it had the softest brush of the lot. My skin felt soft and smooth after and blackheads were gone. I also experienced zero itchiness and skin redness after.
Clarisonic Mia2, $220; replacement brush head, $35-$40.
It’s waterproof and has two speed modes, low and normal. The brush moves from side to side, like a fan, 300 times a second. You only need one minute to cleanse your face – from forehead to nose and chin, then cheeks. It beeps when it’s time to move on to the next area.
VERDICT This felt very comfortable. The rounded bristles vibrate; they don’t spin, so the brush didn’t tug – it felt like it was simply vibrating on my skin. Blackheads were removed, and my skin didn’t itch or turn red after. The first thing I noticed was how incredibly smooth my skin felt!
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This article was originally published in Simply Her January 2014.