Love it! I have sensitive combo skin. This summer has wreaked havoc on my face...it's been so gross and oily in the t-zone and super flaky around my mouth and lower cheeks. I had used Booth's Green Apple Microdermabrasion scrub for years, it's rough but cleaned my skin SO well, balanced it out and left it so soft just on it's own...but it's discontinued and only available on Amazon now for triple the original price (+ shipping!). My esthetician told me to buy the Clairsonic, but I don't have $200 to shell out on a face brush right now. I have been eye-balling the Olay brush for a year now, and after asking for it for my birthday, Christmas, etc and no one ever got it for me...I saw it on sale at Walgreens and finally just bought it myself.
I was a little skeptical at first, but i've seen my skin completely transform from gross to great. I use it with St. Ives Apricot Scrub, on the faster setting and scrub for about 10-15 minutes at night, and then use it in the morning on the lower setting with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Cleanser for a quick 5 minute cleanse to get rid of oil in my t-zone (i always wake up with a greasy t-zone). I follow with Stri-Vectin Instant Moisture Repair, or if my skin is really dried out I use Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Moisture Mask.
I highly recommend trying it. Save your receipt...you can always return!
Bought this based on reviews and the first 2 days I used it, it was great. Then things changed. The batteries (I used the ones it came with) started to die and I used it twice. I didn't like how it splattered the soap & water around no matter how I tried to use it. Now this is the deal breaker for me: it was so exfoliating, my cheeks looked swollen and I used it for about 20 seconds on each area so it wasn't due to overuse. This didn't feel harsh when I used it but my skin was red and puffy after so this is not for me. If you have sensitive skin, keep the receipt IME its just too much for the face (might be good for rough elbows and heels but the face, no).
I really like this device. I was looking into buying a Clarisonic because I have problematic skin and embarrassing blackheads / hyper-pigmentation but just could not bring myself to shell out the 200+ dollars and I also took into consideration that you have to buy replacement brush heads every 4-6 weeks that cost $40 at sephora. Its a very expensive and high maintenance product.
I bought the Olay Pro X when it first came out and I paid about $30 for it. The replacement heads are only about $10. My skin feels so soft and smooth after using it and I really do feel like i'm pampering my skin. I love this.
like many of you, i bought this bc im too cheap to invest in the clairsonic (maybe someday!)
i like the way this cleans my face, it feels like a deep clean afterward. i use cetaphil or blackhead clearing scrub with no problems. FYI i have combo skin. oily t-zone and dryish cheeks, upper lip, etc. but my skin is not sensitive. and i dont use the brush hard or abrasively. i apply a light hand and put it on the fastest setting while i manually circle the brush along my skin. works great.
also, no matter your skin type, make sure to moisturize afterward!!
overall i was happy with the price & happy w the performance.
Edit---------- have been using it for about 2 weeks now and i.love.it. It makes my skin feel super super clean and has loosened all the crap in my huge blackheads (sry for the TMI but that should let you know it is effective!!) which i never thought was possible. srsly, i have had horrible huge blackheads/pores on my nose and some on my cheeks since forever. overall it has brightened my skintone immensely. for this reason i may never try the clairsonic. plus im a cheap grad student anyway. very very satisfied with this product!!!! (PS i bought the "knockoff" of the olay pro x from CVS. it is the cvs brand which is placed right next to the olay prox in the store. works just the same and is about 10 bucks cheaper making it about 19.99!!! go get you some!)
I use this maybe once a week to give my skin a deeper cleaning. I use it with Aveeno Positively Ageless resurfacing scrub & or CVS brand Loreal Revitalift creamy cleanser knockoff. I get great results. My skin is soft, my makeup goes on better and the dry flakies are under control. I used this with their exfoliating renewal cleanser with similar granules to my favorite Aveeno PAR scrub BUT the formula for the Olay is really drying to my already dry skin.
I used this product for about four months, until I got the Clarisonic for Christmas and switched over (I've been using the Clarisonic for about seven months now), so I'm in a pretty good position to compare the two.
The Olay Pro-X is not--repeat, not--a dupe of the Clarisonic. They're completely different technologies, and don't feel remotely similar on the face. Whereas the Clarisonic uses sonic technology and essentially vibrates on your face (if you have one of those sonic toothbrushes, it's like that), the Olay brush rotates. This means that it doesn't, if you believe the research behind the Clarisonic, loosen up all of the gunk that is really deep in your pores. The Olay brush should be used with exfoliating cleansers, whereas that's not necessary with the Clarisonic. The Clarisonic feels more substantial in your hand, is fully waterproof, and does leave your skin feeling softer--and, for the price difference, it should.
That said, the Olay brush is a good product. It's sturdy, holds up well, and cleans your face better than just soap and your hands. Using it with an exfoliating wash (I used both the St. Ives Green Tea Scrub and the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit scrub with it) makes it work better and gives you results closer to what the Clarisonic does. My skin afterwards felt very clean and fresh--I definitely would not say that it did very much for my acne or dry spots, as some reviewers have found, but it did take off the remnants of my foundation and concealer pretty well. You should be gentle with it, as it can tug at the skin a little, but it definitely leaves your face feeling cleaner and smoother once you have used it. If you can't afford the Clarisonic, this is a decent other option--definitely better than nothing. The battery is really annoying to replace, but that's the only big gripe that I had. What Olay really needs to do is stop marketing this as the equal of the Clarisonic and start saying what it actually is--a good, classic brush cleaner that is more hygienic than a washcloth and more effective than your cleansers used on their own.
So, I've been using this for about seven weeks or just under two months on my face. Oh wait, EXPOSITION TIME! Skip the next paragraph if you don't want to hear about my First World Problems!
I have had oily, problematic, acne-prone facial skin ever since I was 14 years old. My skin has always been in some stage of breaking out, whether it was new zits, dying zits, or scars. I break out from hormones; I also can break out from any number of topical things, the most common culprits for me being silica and dimethicone (which, as you can imagine, has left me completely unable to use any kind of traditional oil control product or primers--but if you have my problems with those ingredients, give silk powder and/or kaolin a try!). I have learned to be very picky about what I put on my skin. The only thing I count myself lucky for when it comes to my skin is that it's very resilient and rarely pits. Well, I had an extremely bad breakout last August. I had been trying to save money by using (unused) toilet seat covers and paper towels to blot up my excess oil. It worked for about a week, and then my skin went haywire and it took me forever to figure out that it was the oil blotting doing it, because it was just so counterintuitive--I was REMOVING oil, why was I breaking out more? Haha, I was kind of stressed at the time and I don't think my brain was working totally right, but that's how it was! The oil blot breakout pattern was pretty much the same as my last bad breakout (from silica)--I broke out everywhere on my face; nothing could cover it up except heavy foundations that would break me out more. I had everything from whiteheads to blackheads to pustules. It hurt to touch my face sometimes and even to smile, and I basically looked like I had the nastiest rash in the world. It took a year and a half for my skin to recover from the silica breakout...and then, while I was confident in my skin (still minor break outs, but otherwise happily behaving), I did the oil blotting stuff and it happened again. Add to that a very stressful past year, and basically I was looking forward, with an Eeyore sigh, to another year and a half of careful and patient care of my marked, recovering face.
Nastiness over. Anyway, in April and about 7 months into my healing process, with my skin no longer breaking out uncontrollably but still mottled with hyperpigmentation, I happened to see a sale plus a coupon for the Olay Pro-X Cleansing System on Amazon. I hemmed and hawed and did some research and came to the conclusion that, with that kind of sale, it was worth a shot--I wasn't expecting a Clarisonic, but I had hopes that it would help my scars/marks and maybe help my continuing hormonal breakouts heal faster.
When the package landed in my hands mid-April 2012, I began using it immediately, foregoing the free sample-sized cleanser for my (godsend) usual cleanser, One Hand Washes the Other's Black Magic soap. Installation and getting started was a snap--there are instructions on the outside of the box to tell you how to open the device to put batteries in, and once I got my grip right, it was easy. I decided to use it in my shower because that way if the brushhead flung soap about in its cleansing efforts, it was easily washed away. I started out using it every single day, eager to see results immediately. As it turned out, this was the wrong thing to do for my skin--the first few days I would look into the mirror and think that I saw definite improvement, but about a week into the daily routine, I saw definite signs of irritation in the form of red, raised bumps. I cut back to two times a week immediately, and then gradually increased it to every-other-day use. Then, because I am (a) lazy and (b) lacking time, I replaced my twice-weekly aspirin mask exfoliating routine with a minute in the shower every other day with the Pro-X.
Today, almost two months after I first started using the Pro-X, I realized that my skin is back to its pre-breakout state. The scars from that breakout last July are pretty much gone. My skin feels more even than I remember it being in a very long time. It also looks way more even overall. Sure, the improvement could be due to any combination of a number of things, but to see my skin improve this quickly after such a bad breakout is a huge relief to me and I think the Pro-X made a difference. Plus, I get like one hormonal zit per month, and it clears up quickly with a brief "massage" with the Pro-X. All in all, I am very, very happy that I found the Pro-X! I don't have pictures, but the results are worth a thousand words to me. My skin still is the usual oil field that it always has been, but I'll take clear oily skin over acne-ridden oily skin any day!
Will the Pro-X work for you? I think that if you struggle with acne like I do and can't afford a Clarisonic, you might want to look into the Pro-X to replace your exfoliation step in your normal skincare routine. It does not use the same technology as a Clarisonic (all it does is vibrate (...) on two different speed settings), but it is a great exfoliator with appropriate use. If you have very delicate skin, I would approach the Pro-X very cautiously because it's essential physically exfoliating your skin much in the same way an electric toothbrush brushes your teeth for you--it's more efficient, but it's still exfoliating nonetheless. Do no more than gently "glide" the brush on the slower speed setting over your skin for no longer than a minute per use (I go 20 seconds on T-zone, 10 on lip/chin area, 15 per cheek/temple). YMMV, but I would start out using it only once a day, every other day, at most. Currently I use it every three days. I hope the review helps, and I hope you also get good results if you try it out!
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.