This little brush is, without a doubt, my ultimate "desert island" item! This, along with Philosophy's Purity and Hope in a Jar, has restored my skin. In high school, I had flawless skin. After the stress, poor eating, and everything else that went along with seven years of college, my skin had changed for the worst. I had used the manual face brushes from Sallys and had seen some improvement. But as soon as I received this for Christmas, my skin began to improve even more. I've been using it for five months now, and my skin is completely different. My only complaint is that I notice it starts running slower after even the first use with new batteries. It still gets the job done, though.
You want to know about my skin? I'll tell you. It's dry. It's always been dry; it was dry when I was a teenager. I will be forty this year and now it ranges from merely uncomfortably dry (as in it feels like my face is going to crack when I smile) to dry enough to flake. I like to call it "face dandruff."
I had an exceptionally flakey late winter and early spring, and nothing sufficed to get the dead skin off of my face. So I had two problems: dryness and exfoliation. Washcloths made it worse. AHAs and BHAs didn't help; retinol failed me. I remembered my mother having a "complexion brush" when I was little, so I saw this and decided to buy it. (The Clarisonic struck me as laughably expensive.)
I love it. I just love it. No more flakes. And my skin is less dry. I have a theory about that. You know how skin care experts are always saying that you can make your skin overproduce oil if you clean it too vigorously? Well, I think that if you clean just vigorously enough you can stimulate more oil production, to your benefit, if your skin happens to be overdry. Now my skin seems to be almost normal. And it's PERFECT. I haven't had a zit since I've been using this brush.
I use it with CeraVe hydrating cleanser, and it's better to use it in the shower after your face has had some time to steam. Do not press hard and or make repeated passes over the same area: two passes is plenty. I don't use it on my nose, the one area of my face that has enough oil already and that got over-oily when I started using the brush, though it's better now. Don't use it more than once a day. Make sure the head gets to dry out between uses. Enjoy.
Edit: I had a facial recently during which the aesthetician used a Clairsonic brush on my face. It felt very different. The Clairsonic was much rougher and scratchier, and I could feel that the motion of the machine was different. So now I have experience with both, and I can honestly say that I prefer the Olay brush. It's much softer.
Is it just me or does a good washcloth ( with cleanser, of course ) clean better than these new fangled gadgets? I wanted to like this brush, but it didn't clean my face too well. It always leaves makeup residue behind. When I use it, I see soap flying everywhere, on my bathroom mirror, the walls etc.and I feel like I'm wasting product. I never get a good lather. It's ok sometimes, I guess for some sort of exfoliation, or, like another reviewer said, to aid in mask removal, but not as part of my regular routine. I'm just not impressed with how my skin looks and feels afterward. My face glows more when I use an old fashioned washcloth, I'm serious! Also, the little brushhead falls off a lot, kind of annoying.
I LOVE this little tool! My skin: Very fair, sensitive, acne-prone, oily and very allergy-prone. I use this every night and actually look forward to it. It feels amazing and never causes my very sensitive skin any discomfort or irritation. I use it with my Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (liquid) and the combo is absolutely perfect. The Cetaphil provides just enough cushion, but allows the bristles to deep clean. I also LOVE that it's battery-powered. No charging and no worrying about the charger component getting wet.
Now, I'm going to compare this little gadget to the Pretika Sonic Dermabrasion brush and the Clarisonic Mia brush. I've had both and would like to share my thoughts on the differences. The first I purchased was the Pretika Sonic Dermabrasion. It comes with a charger base and extra brush heads, plus their customer service was excellent. The brush itself was fantastic and gentle, but the unit broke VERY easily. I called the company and they replaced it at no cost, but that one broke shortly after receiving it as well. The problem was, if the bottom of the unit (that sits on the charger) gets wet AT ALL, the whole unit malfunctions and just stops...permanently. VERY inconvenient. It was around the same cost as the Olay, but I wouldn't repurchase it unless they came out with a battery-powered model or upgraded their charging system.
After my disappointment with the Pretika, I purchased a Clarisonic Mia. It is very similar to the Pretika, but much more expensive. The charging system is similar, but the Clarisonic won't break if exposed to water. It also holds a charge for a long time. The problem with this one is that it is SO strong and aggressive on your skin. As stated before, my skin is sensitive and this thing just tore me up! I purchased the gentlest (Delicate) brush head when I purchased the unit, but returned both after only a month. With each use, my skin became more and more irritated and raw.
So, all in all, I highly recommend the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing tool over the other two I've tried. At only around $30, it's a steal and is very effective at deep cleansing and making your skin feel wonderful and clean. My skin has even cleared up completely since beginning to use this 3 weeks ago. Great deal and convenient to use!
I used it for about a month and developed broken capillaries all over especially on my cheeks. I had used the supplied cleanser and Neutrogena makeup removing cleanser with it. I have really fair skin but it is not sensitive, it is used to getting a lot of treatments because I used to have acne, when I wash my face normally I really scrub it.
Be careful, my broken caps have faded in some places slightly, but they are permanent without laser treatment. If you look up broken caps on the net you will see this has happened to a lot of people with the Olay and the Clarisonics. There is no way to know if this will happen to you and if it does it is too late.
I was keen on getting a cleansing brush from all the raves. It was too expensive to get a clarisonic incase it didn't work on me. So I gave Olay a try and turns out really good.
I've use this every night with my Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for the last 5 months. I've found the pores around my nose area are less clogged. I had no pimples/ acne ever since I've used the brush. Previously, I get occasionally spots. So this really cleans out my skin. My skin texture is alot smoother and brighter.
People are around me are complementing how good my skin and asking me the secret behind it. Highly recommend to everyone including those with sensitive skin like myself.
I overdid it on my first use. I used a very foaming, vitamin C-based cleanser, and operated it for probably way too long, while trying out the two speeds. Result: I had to spend the next morning wearing petroleum jelly all over my face coz my skin was so dry, it hurt.
During that one use, I thought it actually pulled at my skin, especially near the eyes. Again, maybe it was my fault for applying too much pressure.
I immediately gave it to my mum. I warned her to be careful with it. I think she likes it.
Like other reviewers, I had the hardest time trying to open the battery compartment. It took the man in the house (helped by his manly pride)...
so i just got this for my birthday. and when i first used it i was so anxious to try i like it alot my skin feels really sof and looks better im very happy with thos product and i wuld repurchase again.
Like most people, I wanted a Clarisonic but didn't like the price tag. After hearing from alot of people that this was a dupe for a fraction of the price I ran out and got it. I have acne prone/sensitive skin and use it once a day. I have been using this brush for over 1 year now, and my skintone is definately more radiant and even because of this brush. I have alot of clogged pores on my nose & chin, this has helped with them as well. My skin overall is alot smoother, and brighter. I think everyone should run out and get this brush, its God sent :)
I bought this (like most people) because I'm interested in a Clarisonic but wanted to try a similar product first. I am torn here. This product surely removes makeup very well (can see all the color being washed off the brush) and leaves my skin feeling really soft and clean. I don't use this constantly but I'll use it for a week here and there. It seems like the weeks I do use it I have more bumps on my face than the times I don't use it. Maybe I am using it too long/vigorously? I kind of think the brush is too soft (I do not have very sensitive skin) so perhaps I am scrubbing too much.
To me, this is and OKAY product. I like that it removes makeup so thoroughly and I love the texture of my skin after use. I do not like that it seems to be causing more clogged pores over time. I still wonder how it stands up against the Clarisonic but I don't think I will be finding out.