Keeping a facial cleansing brush clean is crucial to seeing its benefits; bacteria and face-wash product build-up on the brush head can result in clogged pores, breakouts and allergic reactions. And no one wants that! So follow this guide to keeping your facial brush clean, and reap the benefits of all that deep cleansing.
How to Clean a Brush Head
The good news in all of this is that cleaning the brush head is quite easy. The reason thatâ€™s good news leads me right into what you might consider to be bad news: You should be cleaning your brush head every week.
While that may seem more often than youâ€™d like it to be, the weekly cleaning process will take you less than a few minutes. Make it part of your Sunday night ritual! Weekly cleaning can be done by using your fingers to massage the bristles with a small amount of a mild soap, such as baby shampoo or a castile soap like Dr. Bronnerâ€™s, diluted with warm water. You donâ€™t even need to take the brush head off the handle!
Deeper cleaning should be done once a month. The process will be similar to the weekly cleaning routine, with the addition of two steps: For a more thorough cleaning, remove the brush head from the handle by unscrewing it and clean it using mild soap applied to a toothbrush, which will help to give the bristles a more thorough cleaning than the weekly finger bath can provide. The deeper cleaning should also involve the brush handle itself. Use a damp cloth and a small amount of mild soap to wipe the space where the brush head attaches to the handle, then wipe the handle itself down as well. Rinse well with warm water; the handle is fully waterproof, so no need to worry about submerging it in water for cleaning purposes.
How to Dry the Brush Head After Cleaning
After youâ€™ve performed your weekly cleaning, turn the brush head on, place it on a towel and let it run for five seconds to dry.
After a deeper cleaning, however, you should allow the brush head to air dry overnight, separate of the handle, which will let both parts to dry entirely before you reassemble them.
Properly storing your facial brush, whether youâ€™re traveling or staying put right at home, will help your brush stay cleaner longer. Depending on which model you have, the brush should either be stored upright in its charger stand or be set facedown with its cap on to protect the bristles.
When taking your brush on the road, be sure to store it in a protective baggie or case so that it is separate of other items in your toiletry kit â€” you donâ€™t want your hair styling products to end up on your face washing tool, after all!
How Often to Replace the Brush Head
This is the part that might sting a bit: Ideally, you should replace the brush head on your Clarisonic facial brush after every three months of daily use. And thatâ€™s fair, because a pack of 4 replacement brush heads will run you about $80. Conveniently, though, those replacement brush heads come in packs of 4 because thatâ€™s how many times a year you will need to change them.