Review: The Braun FaceSpa makes life easier
Why this epilator is now my most-used beauty tool.
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When I was younger, an epilator was my main form of hair removal. After the first few goes of gritting your teeth through the pain, the process became easier and more comfortable. However, it’s a long process and if you swap back to shaving for a few weeks, epilating becomes super painful again.
Thus, I swore off epilators. They felt too much like a slow, cruel and unusual form of punishment for the crime of having unwanted hair. Never again would I use one.
When the Braun FaceSpa landed on my desk, I decided to give it a try. It’s a three-in-one device that comes with different heads, a cleanser brush, a Japanese face massager and an epilator.
The device is designed to make your beauty routine quicker and easier. You can have a spa-level cleanse and massage at home without having to schedule a facial appointment.
I’d already tried a number of cleansing-brush devices and I knew how well they worked. I was definitely most intrigued by the Japanese massage attachment – a metal head that vibrates and stimulates your skin for a glowing complexion. You can use this metal head to apply your face creams, so the product isn't wasted on your fingers.
I was determined that the epilator would be my least favourite part of this device since I hate epilators.
I was wrong.
After about a week, I realised that the epilator was actually the best part of this device and it now has an official permanent place on my tray of everyday beauty products. It’s the biggest time and money saver, too.
The epilator attachment
The thought of epilating your face seems strange. But then again, so does shaving and dermaplaning (face shaving), which is now one of the most popular treatments for smooth skin. Epilating is a bit like waxing and since I’m quite comfortable with the idea of waxing my brows, this is where I decided to test the device first.
I have very thick, bold brows which I shape into something a bit more manageable. I recently had them completely reshaped by Sharon Lee Brows and had a lot taken off the top of them. While this resulted into a much more appealing shape, the maintenance was very involved given how quickly my brows grow.
The FaceSpa epilator attachment cuts my twice-weekly, 30-minute brow maintenance routine down to about one minute. It takes about 20 seconds to run the epilator over the unwanted regrowth and another 30 seconds or so to tweeze away the one or two strays the epilator missed.
No more pricey brow appointment. This baby pays for itself after about five uses. Not to mention all the time I saved.
The MicroVibration metal toning head attachment
The Japanese metal toning head has also been a real winner for me. I’m a bit of a skincare junkie and I love expensive skin serums and creams. And this attachment helps my Creme De La Mer absorb into my face instead of my hands.
Global Braun ambassador, Dr Melanie Hartmann specialises in dermatological and aesthetic medicine and phlebology. We asked her what sorts of benefits using this toning head can offer your skin longterm.
She explained: “The MicroVibration metal toning head uses tapping motions on the skin that resembles manual lymph drainage – a gentle manual technique used to help increase lymph flow which delivers toned, radiant skin that often goes with a facial and therefore reduces tired-looking skin.
“The gentle toning technique of the metal head is also more efficient than applying the product with the fingertips – it applies it in a pleasurable way so that creams and serums absorb more evenly over the skin and doesn’t waste precious product.”
It offers a spa-style experience but without the cost. I’ve been told that lymph drainage is also really good for combating dark circles, another big tick for this device.
The brush cleanser attachment
Cleansing brushes clean a lot more thoroughly than your hands or a washcloth. Inefficient cleansing makes your skin look dull instead of bright and clear. Also, if you’re not cleansing properly, makeup and dirt can get stuck in your pores which can cause blackheads.
Dr Hartmann explains that the FaceSpa is a lot better and faster than regular cleansing:
“The sonic technology helps to remove daily grime, oil and makeup, which can clog your pores. The result is up to six times better cleansing than manual cleansing.”
“Incorporating a facial cleansing brush into your beauty routine is so easy to do with such amazing results: it takes only one minute to cleanse cheeks, T-zone and chin, and you can use it in the shower too.”
Every single part of this device has been well-thought out and perfectly designed to save you time and money. Honestly, when I first saw it, I wasn’t quite sure how well this device would serve me. But now, it’s probably the tool I use most out of my entire beauty cupboard.
Where you can buy it
The Braun FaceSpa retails for $199. Although that seems pricey, you should consider how much you spend on brow waxing and upper lip waxing appointments before you write this off as too expensive.
It’s currently available at the The Shaver Shop and at Amazon Australia – both of these stores run frequent sales and deals, so you should be able to score some money off if you shop at the right time.
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