Trib Tested: Clinique for Men Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush and Charcoal Face Wash
The claim: The new Clinique for Men Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush has specially designed bristles allowing for the most effective cleansing and a closer, less-irritating shave. Building on the purifying properties of bamboo charcoal, Clinique for Men Charcoal Face Wash removes dirt, debris and surface oil from tired, stressed and congested skin. Together, these tools deliver minimum hassle and maximum results.
Cost: $89.50 for Cleansing Brush, $20 for Charcoal Face Wash
Where: Clinique counters in department stores
I had never thought about using a cleansing brush to keep my face clear, but now that I tried one, I’m not sure I’ll go back. Just as I was preparing to reintroduce my face to a generic face wash, I tried out the Clinique for Men Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush, and it didn’t disappoint.
Although I didn’t notice any immediate changes, I’ve yet to have major breakouts since I started using it daily. I noticed a few distinct advantages that made the Clinique brush and charcoal face wash beat other face cleansers I’ve tried.
First, using the brush prior to shaving results in one of the easiest shaves I’ve ever had. Second, the fact the charcoal face wash doesn’t result in bleached towels or pillowcases (as many others do) was a major plus. Lastly, despite sometimes using this twice a day, I’ve yet to experience any dry or irritated skin.
Although the price is steep compared to competitors’ prices, I’d say it’s worth the investment.
Charcoal on my face doesn’t exactly make me think of cleanliness and freshness. In fact, when I put the Clinique Charcoal Face Wash on my face, I instantly felt dirty. Thankfully, the feeling didn’t last long. When I began using Clinique’s deep cleansing brush, it felt like I was onto something. Mind you, I could hardly feel the bristles against my skin. But my face felt clean and rid of oil seconds after I washed off the charcoal with water. It felt almost too clean.
But the process of putting the charcoal ointment on my face, getting the brush and scrubbing it on my face felt too time consuming, especially during the work week. Who has time to do a full scrub every day of the week? I will continue to use this tool, but I’m not so sure I can do so as often as I’d like.
The last time I used charcoal and a cleaning brush was on my back patio barbecue grill. When I had the opportunity to use the Clinique charcoal-coated bristles, battery-powered brush and a charcoal face wash together, I figured what could sound more manly than that? Listen, as I get up there in age (I’m 46), I’ll try anything legitimate to help stave off the hands of time. I was so used to just using body soap to clean my face, in between stealing dollops of my wife’s facial cleanser, that I figured maybe it’s time to try something made for a man to give my face the cleaning it deserves.
The Clinique for Men Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush is a USB-chargeable device that fits comfortably in the palm of your hands. Daily, I put a nickel-size drop of Charcoal Face Wash onto the damp bristles and gently let the “sonic” head work its magic into a lather on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. There are two layers of bristles on the sonic head. A stiffer layer on top for the deeper pores of your forehead, chin and nose, and the softer, bottom layer for the gentler area of your cheeks. I was truly surprised how good the device left my face looking and feeling so clean — especially compared to using just bar soap.
I have to say that I’m pretty pleased with the results, and it feels pretty good on the face, to boot. So, if you want to clean your “grille,” I can wholly recommend the Clinique for Men Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush with Charcoal Face Wash.