This isn't much of a complicated product, its fairly straightforward. The main reason why I even considered buying it was because it was on sale at a low-enough price that it was an impulse buy, and figured it wouldn't be that big of a loss if it didn't pan out.
After using it for 3 weeks, this is like me discovering how I should've been cleaning my face for the very first time. I should've had this thing years ago. And the best part about it is that it really does not complicate my skin care routine, in certain ways it speeds things up.
Its just a basic rotary tool. That's it. On and Off button, you connect the included brushes, and it doesn't really spin fast. It just spins constantly, with some decent power.
I wash my face with Cerave face-cleaning foam. I use to put some on my hand, and then rub it on my wet face in a constant motion until it would form some suds and foam on my face, and then pump some more in my hand and apply it to the next area, and keep on doing that until I had done it all over my face. It took about 3-4 minutes to apply it, rub it enough so that it creates suds, and then wipe it off with water. And it usually felt like I needed to keep on splashing more and more water to get the cleaner off my skin. Cerave has been working very well for me these past couple of years. Fully recommend it, its worth the price if you want to have a solid skin-care routine on a daily basis.
This thing takes it all to another level. And, it actually appears to clean my face faster, while providing a deeper clean. I get my face wet, I then pump some Cerave on my fingers, and just smear that in one area, then get some more Cerave and smear that over another area, and then a few more times. Really quickly. Then I grab this brush tool, quickly run some water on the bristles and turn it on, and then just start working it in one area, not much suds at first. And then I move it to the next area, and it starts creating some suds, and then it quickly works its way all over my face, I even have time to run it by some areas multiple times. On the sides of my nose, over my lip area, over my eyes (very carefully) and the skin around my eyes. There plenty of suds that I just continue using it beneath my chin and the area around my jaw and upper neck.
At first, it was bothering me because it was grabbing my hair and pulling it down. But then I realized that I have my other hand free, and all I need to do is just place my free hand and pull my hair back. I can run the brush into the hairline, and it won't pull my hair because its being held back and being held down with my other hand. At the upper corners and the hairline above my forehead. Yes I have some suds into my hair, but when I am splashing water, I make sure to splash it far enough to rinse away those suds in my hair.
And when rinsing away the suds, they rinse much easier now than before when I was using my hands to apply Cerave.
I notice small things, like no dead skin grime that builds up behind the area of my nostrils, that I can collect with my fingernail. When I use the brush, I make sure to apply it squared to the angle of the side of noise, and it cleans it thoroughly. I'm getting a deeper clean.
And I definitely feel it 5 minutes after I have washed my face and patted down my skin to dry. It definitely feels tighter. The brushing helped exfoliate the skin, all over.
I take the brush off and put everything back in the box, because I don't want the brush to get dirty being around the bathroom, and also the tool itself. This is where it running off of batteries is probably a benefit, compared to it having it run off an electrical cord. I wouldn't mind it if it were more powerful, but it does the job just fine at the speed that it runs at. I haven't tested battery life over the longterm. But I have been using it 3 times a day, every day, for the past 3 weeks. Still runs fine. I'd be okay using 4-AA batteries per month on this thing. I have read reviews where people say that 4-AA should be good enough for a few months. Either way, I got enough AA batteries that I've bought at low prices, I don't mind it. This makes it travel friendly, as well.
I do think that the brushes will eventually get really soft, and might require replacements. So I am considering buying replacement brush heads from the manufacturer website, they offer a discount if you "subscribe" to replacement brush heads every 3 months. For as much as I use it, I may actually think that is the proper time for replacing the brush heads.
I've had problems with my skin, with constant irritation,and uneven skin tone, with bouts of acne and skin inflammation. This product, combined with my skin cleanser, really does seem to help. And, it helps by making your skin so clean and exfoliated, that when you apply Sunscreen lotion in the morning, or moisturizer in the evening, or my specific skin therapy cream before bedtime, its going to work better because its being applied to skin that has been cleaned thoroughly.
I might balk buying this at the manufacturer's suggested full retail price, but if its on sale at any price below that, I really do think this borders on being a "must have" product for anybody that takes their skin care routine seriously.
I genuinely hope other competitors try to make better versions of this.