Facial cleansing systems

The Clarisonic has half-dozen competitors on the market. TOC road-tests a few of them.
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Photograph: Emily MohneyPretika SonicDermabrasion Facial BrushPrice$80 at drugstore.comBrushThe brush head is a little larger than the Mia 2, and the bristles are slightly coarser.Power supplyHas a charging cradle.ResultsThe vibration is strong but not overpowering; it left my skin feeling soft and invigorated.
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Photograph: Emily MohneyOlay ProXCleansing BrushPrice$24 at amazon.comBrushIt�s about the size of a quarter, but the bristles verge on abrasive.Power supplyIt comes with two AA batteries.ResultsThe smallest version of the bunch�it�s about half the size of the Mia 2�I recommend this one for travel. But it might be best for other body parts if you have sensitive skin.
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Photograph: Emily MohneyClarisonicMia 2Price$149 at sephora.comBrushThis new, more-compact version of the original has �bersoft bristles that pulse in a gentle circular motion. The cleansing head is about the size of a soda-can top.Power supplyIt has a sweet little magnetic charging system.ResultsAfter using it in my morning shower for a week, my skin felt glowy and flushed�even smoother. A facialist told me�unsolicited�that this is the gold standard among cleansing brushes.
By Liz Plosser |
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I remember being in Sephora right around the time the first Clarisonic—the vibrating face-cleaning brush that produces more than 300 movements per second—came out. The store didn’t even need a salesperson to talk it up: A group of women was gathered around the display, gleefully sharing stories about how amaaaazing it was. How it works: You squirt a bit of your cleanser on the bristles and brush it in circles across your face, removing dirt and oil while amping up circulation. Spas have started incorporating the gadget in facial treatments. And now there are more opportunities to include the brush in your daily regime: There are a half-dozen competitors on the market. I road-tested a few.

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