Apologies for not posting this yesterday as I had planned, I was unexpectedly ill yesterday, so spent the day recovering. So I’m posting it today now I am well enough, and I want to talk about the facial tools I keep in my bathroom. I consider them my unsung heroes as I don’t talk about accessories or tools very often. I don’t want to waffle on, so I’m going to talk about them one by one.
Innisfree Eco Beauty Tool Blackhead Out Brush:
A product I bought on a whim a few years back mostly out of fascination for Korean beauty products – I’ve kept the Innisfree Blackhead Out Brush in my bathroom for a few months, and used to keep this hanging off a hook in my previous apartment. The new apartment doesn’t provide that option for me now, so part of me is worried about ventilation for drying the brush properly, but I’m keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t get gunky or gross.
As a facial tool though, I use this for very specific areas of my face, notably my nose (as the name of the product suggests), as well as between the eyebrows and around my mouth, where larger brushes just don’t quite do the job.
Typically, I’ll use a larger facial tool to lather up cleanser on my face, then take this brush when it’s wet to work those specific areas that need more up-close attention. The brush hairs can be a little too rough on the skin when you apply too much pressure, but once you find the right balance, it doesn’t irritate my skin or feel scratchy.
My only gripe or worry about this brush is that the brush hairs are quite short – so I worry about water getting up the funnel really easily and breaking down the glue that keeps the brush hairs in place and behaving as intended. I haven’t seen too many of the hairs shedding yet, but it’s something I’m quite self conscious about every time I use it – and I find myself using this brush less often than I should as a result.
Overall, it’s a nice tool and I’ll continue to keep it in my bathroom, the only thing I would want to change for myself, is to find a way to hang this up again so it can dry more efficiently and keep water from going into the glue as I described earlier.
Botanics Deep Cleansing Cellulose Sponge(s):
A bathroom tool I’ve been repurchasing for the past couple of years are the Botanics Cleansing Sponge(s) which are part of my cleansing routine. They come in packs of two for £5.00 from Boots, and I find myself reaching for these as my wash-off tool when I use my cleansers before I apply my face masks just before I jump in the shower.
This sponge is a product that I’ve always found extremely reliable and the size makes it perfect for use on the face, even though the name really makes it more appropriate for use on larger areas of the body. When dry, the sponge is hard, but I get a certain joy or running my tap, and dropping it into water and watching it expand and soften, does anyone else get a kick out of that?
For me, I’ll go through my cleansing step, then use this sponge as my tool to wash it off. So I’ll take my time focusing on one section of my face at a time, wipe with the sponge, gently wring the product out under running water, then repeat over the rest of my face. As sponges do have really constant contact with water, I replace it every month or so, but it mostly depends on how the sponge looks – as soon as I see any unusual build up or dirt on it, I throw it out and replace it with a new one. This will also depend on a few factors: how your dry it out (I want to get a brush drying rack someday for drying my makeup brushes) how effective you are at actually cleaning it, and how well ventilated the room is you’re drying the sponge out in. I can see myself replacing my sponges more frequently now I’m living in a new apartment – our apartment has poor insulation and ventilation as it is, but the bathroom particularly is really lacking – our only window in the bathroom is completely out of my reach – so my sponges will go out of date more often.
Soap & Glory Face Massage Mini Mitt:
My final bathroom facial tool I’m using at the moment is the Soap & Glory Massage Mitt, which is the first step in my cleansing routine. It retails for £4.50 in Boots, which from my perspective of Soap & Glory products, is quite affordable. While it calls itself a “massage mitt”, I use this a mild cleansing tool, although I find all three of the tools I’ve talked about today mildly exfoliate in their own way.
For my routine, I will dispense a small amount of my cleanser onto the mitt, run some water over it, and then massage over damp skin to lather up the cleanser properly. This allows me to lather up my cleanser with less mess on my hands, and less water required to do it.
The mitt itself is just smaller than the size of my palm – my hands being relatively small, as I’m quite a petite individual – and is very efficient for applying my cleanser over the large areas of my face. This includes my cheeks, chin and forehead. I use my Innisfree Brush that I talked about at the start to make up for this brush’s weakness – which is the lack of ergonomics for the smaller, or more curved areas of the face. These include between the brows, the temples, the curves of the nose and I include the edges of the mouth as well since it’s an area of the face you don’t want to accidentally spread too much cleanser to. Cleanser tastes vile and leaves my stomach aching during those unfortunate accidents.
Generally speaking I really like this product, it’s very gentle on the skin, and doesn’t scratch my skin at all. The only thing I’d like to see changed to the shape to accommodate for areas of the face like the nose, where it’s not very ideal for working around.
And these are the three main bathroom tools I’m using at the moment. I’m really happy using them, and find they work really nicely for my skin. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post today, and once again I’m sorry for the delay. I hope you are happy and healthy, and 2018 is treating you well.