Facial brushes were the beauty trend of 2020, and FOREO’s popular pastel-colored facial brushes were all over our gift guides. While they aren’t the hot item they were last year, the best facial brushes are still fantastic tools for clearing away dead skin, dirt and all the other gunk that accumulates in your pores.
Hey, it’s 2021, and we’re all tired and stressed. Don’t you think it’s about time you incorporated a skincare routine that works for you? While facial cleansing brushes have traditionally been marketed toward women, that doesn’t mean men can’t use them, too. In fact, our favorite facial cleansing brush for men is also one of our top gifts for her. Instead of sneaking into the bathroom at night to use your S.O.’s facial cleanser, save face with the best facial brushes for men. (Hint: they’re one and the same.)
You may not realize it, but face brushes come with a slew of benefits, including pore minimization, blackhead removal, intense exfoliation of dead skin, reduced wrinkles, a healthy, clearer complexion due to enhanced blood circulation and an overall, improved appearance. If that wasn’t enough, facial cleansing brushes can also help prep the skin for deep penetration of active ingredients in your serum and/or moisturizer due to their deep cleansing action.
We’ve rounded up our favorite facial cleansing brushes for 2021. Great for sensitive skin, dry skin and yes, even combination skin, these brushes will keep your face feeling fresh no matter what you put it through.
1. FOREO LUNA 3 Facial Cleansing Massage Brush
The Foreo LUNA 3 is the crown jewel of facial scrubbers, which is why it was one of our top gifts for her in 2019 and 2020. With three options to choose from (combination, normal and sensitive skin), the Foreo Luna will gently clear away all the gunk that accumulates on your skin. For starters, it features sharp silicone touchpoints and utilizes its own T-Sonic technology to help remove oil, dirt and more while giving your skin the best cleaning it’s ever had. All you need to do is download the app, sync your LUNA and follow the simple step-by-step instructions for a smoother, faster and more efficient clean. Best of all, the actual cleaning routine only takes about one minute — making it incredibly efficient, too.
If you’re looking to save a little bit of money, we also highly recommend the FOREO LUNA Mini 2, which offers the same benefits in a smaller and more affordable package.
2. Olay Regenerist Facial Cleansing Brush
BEST BUDGET BUY
Olay’s Regenerist Facial Cleansing Brush is a two-speed, exfoliating facial brush that will boost the power of your cleanser for a more thorough, deeper clean. Choose between daily deep clean or gentle exfoliation speeds depending on your needs — simply dampen your face, apply your favorite cleanser and gently cleanse your face for 60 seconds to remove oil, dirt and makeup. Rinse and your face will be prepped and primed to maximize the hydrating effect of your moisturizer and better absorb all the anti-aging ingredients.
3. Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa
Give your skin the spa treatment it’s begging for every single day. Buff away what feels like years and years of dirt and grime sitting on your face because this treatment cleans spots you didn’t even know were there. In the end, all you’ll have is the clean, rejuvenated, spotless skin you’ve been dreaming about. The brush comes with three heads, so you can pick your poison depending on your skin type or treatment level that you’re going for, and the entire contraption is both vegan and cruelty-free. The best part of all is that this set that typically goes for $130 is currently on sale for just $42. Ready to kiss any breakout you’ll ever get goodbye? Then look no further than Vanity Planet.
4. TOUCHBeauty Facial Cleansing Brush for Men
BEST FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSH FOR MEN
This facial cleansing brush has a 360° rotating head that’ll clear away dirt, oil, blackheads, dead skin and all other skin irritants that cause acne. It’s a great brush for normal, dry, oily and combination skin types, and has a soft, PBT material brush that contains 17,000 silky bristles that gently massage the face without irritation.
The bristles are thin and long for less irritation, and are 0.055mm in size, designed to be even smaller than your smallest pores. It’s designed to cleanse 6x better than your hands and has both high and low speed settings for men and women. It’s also completely waterproof so you can use it in the shower, tub and fully submerge it without concern.
5. Proactiv® Charcoal Pore Cleansing Brush
BEST CHARCOAL BRUSH
We know you know Proactiv. It was the first facial cleansing product line you dabbled in and for whatever reason stopped using when you were in middle school. Though they might not have the best line of cleansers for adults, we do have to say their Charcoal Pore cleansing brush is pretty spectacular. It’s designed for easy holding and easily helps rid of dirt and other pore-cloggers from your face in a jiffy. Each bristle is charcoal-infused and will leave your skin looking and feeling a lot healthier after using.
6. Liberex Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush
The Liberex Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush uses ultrasonic vibration technology which is gentler on the skin when it cleans and exfoliates. Two replaceable brush heads are included for different skin types — a deep cleansing brush for pore cleansing and a soft care brush for sensitive and thinner skin types. Proven to be 6x more effective than manual cleansing, this face brush comes with three cleaning modes (massaging, exfoliating and deep cleansing) and a smart timer function that reminds you every 20 seconds to change areas and turns itself off after one minute. Waterproof, fast wireless charging and an ergonomic, egg-shape design make this device innovative, fast and easy.
7. The Art of Shaving Power Brush
BEST POST-SHAVE BRUSH
Made to decrease the growth of pesky ingrown hairs by up to 85%, The Art of Shaving Power Brush is designed to both exfoliate your face and prep your face for shaving, depending on what is you have in store for this bad boy. For cleansing, simply use cleanser and water to massage and rid dirt from your entire face. For shave preparation, use some pre-shave gel with the brush over the areas you’re about to shave. When finished, leave the gel on, add some shaving cream, and you’re ready to get shaving. Cleanse again after and then moisturize for best results. Just make sure you wash all that pre-shave gel off before rubbing the brush all over your face, bud.
8. Etereauty Facial Cleansing Brush
This facial cleansing brush from Etereauty comes with seven different interchangeable brush heads, each with a different designated purpose. There’s a “radiance” brush head, one for sensitive skin, one for deep pore cleansing, one that’s for rolling massage and others designed to exfoliate and even remove makeup. The brush has 360-degree rotation and dual speed settings for different skin types. It also has an ergonomic design for easy holding, is IPX6 water resistant and ready for travel.
9. Neutrogena Microdermabrasion Starter Kit
BEST MICRODERMABRASION DEVICE
Neutrogena’s Microdermabrasion Starter Kit is a complete, at-home, anti-aging power treatment system that features single-use puffs and a microdermabrasion applicator. Each puff is pre-dosed with ultra-fine crystals and mild purifiers for the perfect degree of gentle exfoliation on your face to reveal luminous, healthy skin. In addition, with continued use, the massaging micro-vibrations from the device boost cell turnover for firmer, younger-looking skin and you can do it all in the privacy of your own home. Just three uses per week are all that is recommended in place of your regular cleansing scrub.
10. Etereauty Facial Cleansing Brush
Etereauty’s Facial Brush is a complete face and body cleansing system. Five different attachments give you a full range of cleansing. These attachments include a polish accessory for removing tougher skin, a small bristle brush for gentle yet thorough pore cleansing, a long bristle brush for more intense cleansing, a pumice pad for callus removal and a large body brush. This fully-waterproof device is ideal for in-shower use and uses high and low speeds for different cleaning tasks. Best of all, its portable size allows you to take it with you wherever you go, be it the gym, the office or on your next vacation.
11. MiroPure Facial Cleansing Brush
This facial cleansing brush comes with five different brush heads for a complete skincare regimen, including a makeup sponge, silicone brush, coarse brush, a pumice applicator and ultra-fine brush. This brush also has 360-degree rotation and is waterproof, but not safe to fully submerge. Whether you’re got sensitive skin, need to frequently clean dirt off your face, need exfoliation or want to remove callus skin this facial cleansing brush can do it. It also has dual speeds so you’ve got options depending on your skin type and skincare routine.
12. Remington Reveal Compact Facial Cleansing Brush
The Remington Reveal Men’s Compact Facial Cleansing Brush is perfect for the guy who is looking to upgrade their shaving and skincare routine. Ten times more effective than manual cleansing, this advanced dual-action head rotates to deep clean and vibrates to gently exfoliate. Also included in the kit are two brush heads — the pre-shave brush will soften stubble and the charcoal-infused brush works on all skin types and removes impurities to clean and energize the skin. Lastly, this cleansing brush is rechargeable for up to 30 uses and comes with a comfortable, waterproof design to make using it in the shower a breeze.
13. XNUO Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush
This powerful sonic facial brush has 12 different speeds and can vibrate up to 8,000 rpm for stimulating skin, exfoliating pores and cleaning out 99.5% of makeup, dirt, residues and other gunk you don’t want on your skin. Boost your skin’s ability to absorb nutrients and relieve lines, wrinkles and firm up your skin for a more vibrant and healthier look. This tool is suitable for all skin types and is made of food-grade silicone that won’t irritate most skin types. This facial brush charges wirelessly and can be used up to 130 times on a single charge. It’s IPX7 waterproof and comes with a warranty so you’re safe to use it in the bath, shower, or as a part of your night time and morning skin routines.