For the last four months, me and my Vanity Planet brush have been BFFs. I used it everyday, recommended it to anyone who would listen and even bought one for a friend. Well those heady happy days are over, me and my VP brush are no longer on good terms.
It all came crashing down a couple of weeks ago when my skin started to feel really dry and sensitive. I noticed patches of shiny, stretched skin and when I applied my moisturiser my face would sting. This was all topped off by an unpleasant rash.
I eliminated all the usual suspects and all that was left was the VP brush. A quick google search revealed that facial brushes can do some serious damage to your skin. In this Huffington post piece, Dr Dennis Gross states “overuse [of face cleansing brushes] can lead to broken capillaries, excessive dryness, irritation, redness, and sensitivity. If these warning signs occur, it is important to stop or alter your usage immediately.”
As per usual, I had made the mistake of overdoing it. I was using my brush day and night with my Simple face wash and following that with my Clinique mild clarifying lotion. Simple is a mild enough cleanser but it does contain sodium laureth sulfate which can be very drying. The Clinique clarifying lotion is less of a lotion and more of an alcohol free exfoliator.
These products on their own are fine for sensitive skin but coupled with the exfoliating power of the brush was too much for my already dry skin. When washing my face, I would go over with the brush multiple times so I could get the deepest clean possible. What I got was dry, irritated skin.
My and my VP brush aren't broken up forever. I just have to moderate my use. In this great article from esthetician Renée Rouleau, she recommends using facial brushes 2 - 3 times a week and not combining it with any other exfoliating products.
For now, I'm putting my facial brush away and focusing on healing my skin. If anyone has run into the same problems with their facial brushes, I'd love to hear how you overcame it and if you are still using the brush.