KBEAUTY-Cleansing Tools and Their Uses

Hi guys! So, yesterday I made a post on how to clean your facial cleansing brushes, and earlier this week, I finally bought a new silicone cleansing pad to replace my facial brush, so I thought, why not do a blog on the different cleansing tools? Today we’ll be going over the 3 basic types of cleasnig tools that you can use. They’ll be the facial brushes, silicone pads, and sponges. Of course, there’s different variations in each category, like electrically powered brushes, but we’ll just stick to the general categories today.

Facial Brushes


Facial Brushes are basically brushes made of soft fibers that have a sort of handle at the end. You would wet the brush, dab a bit of your favorite cleanser on the bristles, and cleanse you face in a circular motion with the brush. It’s extremely soft and non-irritating, so those with extremely sensitive skin would probably enjoy it.


  • Extremely Gentle
  • Manual brushes are very cheap.
  • Deeper cleanse than when using hands
  • Long fibers can clean hard-to-reach areas like the corners of the nose


  • Have to be replaced every 3 months
  • Have to be sanitized at least once a week
  • Bristles take a long time to dry completely (Usually around 8 hours)

If you are looking for a facial brush, here are some good options:

Cleansing Sponges


Facial sponges work similarly to the facial brushes, only these cleansing tools have woven fibers instead of bristles. It can vary depending on the sponge shape, but they are also often able to reach harder-to-reach areas. Sponges often need to be sanitized weekly as well. Place the sponge in steaming hot water for around 4 minutes, then let air dry. Be sure to replace them at least every 3 months!


  • Dries quickly
  • Easy to sanitize
  • Portable
  • Requires a very small amount of


  • Needs to be sanitized weekly
  • Must be replaced every 3 months
  • Konjac sponges may disintegrate over time

Here are a few popular options for sponges:


Silicone Pore Brushes


Silicone pore brushes are probably the newest addition to the mainstream family of cleansing tools. They work in a similar manner as the sponge and brush, but the advantage is how it doesn’t have to be replaced, and it doesn’t have to be sanitized. Because they’re made of silicone, bacteria won’t be able to grow on them, which means no need for sanitization. If you really want to clean it, just throw this into a cup of boiling water to sterilize it.


  • Long-lasting (Can last for years)
  • No need for sanitation
  • Dries quickly
  • Gentle on the skin
  • Very Cheap


  • Handle on the back make be hard to grip for some

Here are some options for those looking for a silicone pore brush!

Hope this review helped anyone looking for a new cleansing tool! I’ve used all three cleansing tools before, but I definetely feel like the silicone pore brush is the best deal. It works just as well, if not better, than the other tools, and I don’t have the hassle of cleaning and replacing it all the time. That said, I know everyone’s skin is different, so try and see which one would be best for you!


How and When to Clean Your Facial Brush



Facial brushes are great. They’re easy to use, usually cheap, and offer a deeper cleanse, all while being extremely gentle on my sensitive skin. That said, do you ever wonder what’s crawling around in them after awhile? Sure, we always make sure our facial brushes dry out completely ever day, but there’s only so much that can do. Even just a few days is enough time for the bacteria to grow. Bacteria on your brush means bacteria on your face, and we need to avoid that at all costs.

 How Often Should I Clean My Facial Brush?

A facial brush lasts around 3 months before it has to be replaced. However, during those 3 months, you want to keep it in the best condition possible. It’s reccomended that you clean it at least once every week. I like to do it at least twice a week, just to be sure. You can never be too clean, so what’s there to lose other than a couple minutes?

How to Clean a Facial Brush

I’m going to show you 2 ways that you can clean your brush. The first is mainly focusing on killing bacteria, while the second is focused on cleaning the brush and nourishing the fibers.

For the first method, here are the things you’re going to need.


  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • A bowl
  • Your facial brush

Take the rubbing alcohol and pour it into a bowl. You don’t need too much, but you need enough to submerge your facial brush. Put the brush in the alcohol and swish it around, getting it on all the fibers. Leave it in for another 2 minutes, then dry it in a cool, dry area. Leave it to dry naturally, and make sure that it’s completely dry before you use it again. Do this at least twice a month.


Method 2- The Weekly Cleanse

This method is for a lighter cleanse on the brush. It isn’t as heavy and powerful as the alcohol, but it’s good for daily use and nourishes the brush as well. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap (Or any foam/liquid facial cleanser)
  • Olive oil
  • A bowl

Mix the soap and olive oil in a 1:1 ratio, enough to submerge the brush. Once they’re mixed evenly, dunk the brush head in the mixture and work the cleanser into the face brush. Make sure to clean it well, and don’t miss anything! Once you’ve massaged it into the brush, wash it off and air dry until it’s completely dry. Do this at least once every week.

This will work for makeup brushes as well. Using both methods ensures that the brush is kept squeaky clean, and is still being nourished. The fibers will be bacteria-free, but they won’t be dry or brittle. Make sure to use these methods weekly!





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