This is the Michael Todd Soniclear, the world’s first antimicrobial sonic skin cleansing brush, and I think it’s brilliant.
I’d never used a sonic cleansing brush before, so wasn’t sure what to expect, but the Soniclear (RRP £120) is really easy to use, you just wet your skin, apply a little gentle cleansing gel and away you go. The super soft brush (think baby hairbrush) doesn’t rotate exactly, more it oscillates and pulses your skin clean with up to 300 micro-movements per second.
There are two brush fittings: a smaller one for your face, and a larger one for your body. They are really easy to switch, you just push and twist.
The whole thing is waterproof, so you can take it in the shower or bath, and the handle has a textured grip either side, so it’s easy to hold on to, even if it gets soapy.
As well as an on/off button, there is a second button that allows you to switch between six speeds – three for the face brush and three for the body brush (the control handle automatically knows which brush is attached). You can tell what setting you’re on by looking at the LED indicators on the front the brush handle.
The first time I used my Soniclear, I kept it on the gentlest setting all over and learned that if you push too hard or sweep too fast, it is possible to very slightly scratch the skin. However if you’re sensible, it’s not an issue.
I now use my Soniclear on the low-medium setting around my cheeks, nose and forehead, but the maximum strength around my temples, chin and jawline – my typical breakout areas. You can’t use the Soniclear on your delicate eye area, so I cleanse my eye make up with gentle wipes before using the brush everywhere else.
The facial brush on the Soniclear is quite large (33% bigger than the leading rival brand) and unlike other brands, I’m told, the entire Soniclear brush is sonic powered, rather than only the inner portion.
The antimicrobial technology is really noticeable. Despite regular use on skin and regular contact with natural skin oil, dirt, foundation and blusher residue, it rinses clean and the brush has remained it’s original bright white – just be sure to run some warm water towards the base of the bristles to rinse away any residue.
Once rinsed, I recommend you pat it dry very gently with a clean towel. I do this, and mine has not developed any discolouration or odour. It was even fine when I absent-mindedly left it damp (but rinsed) on the bathroom window sill when I went away for the weekend, although obviously I recommend you treat yours with more care!
The Soniclear also has a timer built in that beeps every 20 seconds and then shuts off after one minute. This helps you to clean your face evenly, as you can switch to a new area each time it beeps. There’s a similar function for the body, beeping every 60 seconds for three minutes. I really like this feature, which I’m already used to from my electric toothbrush, as it ensures I give my whole face equal attention for a pretty close to flawless cleansing routine.
After the first use, I could immediately see the difference in my skin. My pores looked the cleanest they’d been…ever! When I applied moisturiser, it disappeared into my skin in an instant, leaving me with a really radiant complexion and that has continued to be the case each time I use it.
The body brush isn’t something I use all over. Instead, I focus on areas problem dry areas – the elbows, knees and heels – and areas that are more likely to suffer from breakouts – the chest, shoulders and upper back. I don’t suffer from spots all that often anyway, but I can say with certainty that my skin in those areas has improved with regular use of the Soniclear.
The manufacturers suggest that the brush is gentle enough to use on the face up to twice a day, but because I have very sensitive skin and am prone to eczema, I only use it at night.
The Soniclear comes with a charging cradle with power adapter and you can see how much charge is left by looking at the LED lights on the back of the device. You charge the brush by simply sitting it in the cradle – there’s nothing to plug into the brush itself, so it’s really easy.
You can definitely take the Soniclear on holiday if you want to. It’s not at all heavy, comes with a cap to protect the brushes and a full charge will easily last for a couple of weeks used twice a day. Mine is fully charged and packed for a trip right now.
I really like the lilac and purple shades of my Soniclear, but if you prefer to go bolder, there are quite a few other patterns to choose from.
Do check out the Michael Todd website for more info – clicking this link will even give you a 20% discount at the checkout :)
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