There's nothing to really explain about it besides it's a wooden handle with bristles. I usually dampen it, then place some face wash on it and rub it all over my face. I admit that the first 2 or 3 times I used it, I hardly used it on my cheeks, but as time went on the bristles soften to accommodate for your skin. Also, the bristles are relatively long, so it's somewhere in between a buffing and brushing motion when you use it. Personally, I got it because I have really tough skin between my brows and on my chin that likes to produce cysts, and I wanted to get rid of them, and I wanted to unclog my pores around my nose. At the moment I use it twice a day and thought I'd update you as to my thoughts!
Basically, I really like it. Here are the things I find that it really helps with:
1) It lathers face washes that usually don't like to lather, and if your face wash does like to lather, you use a lot less. I also quite like that after it lathers, I just rub the foam all around my face with my hands, especially around sensitive areas like my chin and eyes and it feels nice and soft - like rubbing marshmallows in your face! (Not quite sure if that's actually nice or not..)
2) It brightens your skin. I've been trialling 3 products that claim to brighten your skin recently, and this is by far the one that has made the most difference. My skin always looks radiant and it feels smooth, and I can tell it does a really good job of exfoliating because my face is now much paler than my body!
3) It brings under-the-skin spots up to the surface. Under the skin spots are the bane of my life, and this brush helps to bring them up so they can start to heal. It's by no means a quick process, but I find that after 3 or 4 days, your spot slowly appear on the surface. This is especially good for me because if I didn't have this, all my spots would stay under the skin!
4) If you like your face wash, and haven't found a good exfoliator - just pair it with this! :)
Did it get rid of the cysts and clogged pores? The cysts have been subsiding but not to an extremely impressive way (i.e. I'm not really sure if it's this that's helping it), and my pores are really the same as before.
Some other points to consider is that I do feel that as the bristles soften quite quickly, you may have to replace it regularly. It might also not be suitable for sensitive skintypes, but I've also found out that the Body Shop do a synthetic face brush for about £4 (it has more of a stub handle than a long one like this) that I feel may have a bit more give. And the obvious question with brushes is that when you rinse it out - how well are you really rinsing it? Bacteria's bound to live there, so it's important to keep it really clean and sanitize once in a while!
It's no replacement for a Clarisonic, but a Clarisonic is a huge investment especially if you're not sure brushes even work for your skin, or if your skin isn't so bad that you don't feel like investing £120. I'd definitely recommend this brush, as it's affordable and I'm really happy with the results it brings, even if they're not the ones I initially wanted it to solve! And yes, I'll continue to use it and I'd definitely repurchase if it came to it :)
Have you tried this brush before?
Anyone have any other funny "the poor man's.." phrases? :P