Is technology the secret behind beautiful skin?
Unless you’ve had your head under a beauty rock the past few years (or you’re Cindy ‘age-defying’ Crawford), you must have noticed the steady march that technology has made into the beauty aisles. Especially where cleansing is concerned. There’s an enormous range of electric cleansing brushes out there nowadays, all promising to pulsate, vibrate and massage at least 10 years off our faces in a matter of minutes a day. Polly Humphris tested out Magnitone London’s The Full Monty Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush in a bid to turn back time.
Ever heard of the term ‘skin gym’? If you have, you’re already one step ahead of me. Now, I’ve always been aware of lotions, potions, and serums all promising to turn back the ageing clock, but I’ve never forayed into the world of gadgetry. Until now. Word on the 2016 street is that our faces can benefit just as much from a good workout as our bodies: manual cleansing is out, and vibra-sonic technology – a combination of pulse vibrations and sonic oscillations that wobbles deep dirt out of pores, tones skin, and boosts micro-circulation for a youthful glow – is in.
I’ll be the first to admit that on opening the box to reveal my all-singing, all-dancing Magnitone Full Monty Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush, I was a little apprehensive. Anything that requires charging and a change of heads in usually out of my remit, but I was wrong to be worried. It’s an incredibly easy to use piece of skin kit with five very easy to understand settings: daily cleanse; sensitive; pulselift toning; body exfoliate; and pedi-buff. The first three are for your face and the last two are for your body and feet respectively; as the name suggests, the Full Monty isn’t a one-trick pony and can actually be used to smooth and de-rough from head to toe.
Three weeks into my relationship with the Magnitone Full Monty and I can honestly say that if we were ever to break up I’d be truly heartbroken. Having tried all three facial modes, I’ve gotten into a comfortable groove using ‘sensitive’ in the morning when my skin has just woken up, and ‘pulselift toning’ in the evening for a deeper cleanse; the brush is feathery soft and each facial cycle lasts for 60 seconds, but you’re gifted a helpful ‘beep’ every 20 seconds to remind you to move on and avoid mindlessly working away at your forehead in a post-sleep daze.
Justifying its £130 price tag (which only works out at 35p a day over a year), a lot of thought has gone into this little turquoise machine. It’s wireless, so it’s fully portable, and one charge lasted me 12 days when using it twice a day; its sealed, rubber finish means it’s 100 per cent waterproof, so you can use it in the shower; it’s light, but feels as solid as a quality gadget should, so if you do drop it, it’ll likely bounce back. Oh, and somehow, it hasn’t yet randomly turned on and emitted a distinct buzzing noise from my luggage when travelling, saving me the embarrassing need to explain that “no, really, it’s just my facial cleansing brush…”
Overall, I’m genuinely amazed at how much cleaner and softer the Full Monty has left my skin feeling. After cleansing, I skip toner and go on to moisturise as per usual, and from day one it was obvious how much better my moisturiser was sinking in, plus, when I do get dolled up, my primer and foundation blends much easier and more smoothly too. Bravo; bring on the gadgets – the marriage between technology and skincare might not be for everyone, but it certainly works for me.