Nutra Sonic Face Brush

I thought it might be a good idea to write a little about my new facial brush – the Nutra Sonic – firstly because it’s something I’m really pleased with and therefore would like to share, but also because when I was researching the brush, I struggled to find many reviews that weren’t promotional (meaning that the reviewers had been sent a free brush to review, resulting in a blog sounding very ‘saley’) so here are my thoughts on the Nutra Sonic:

Nutra Sonic is a sonic facial brush that has reached the market to rival the infamous Clarisonic. The basic brush is cheaper, yet you can also get considerably more for your money. I bought the model that comes with 4 modes (sensitive, standard, exfoliation and body) and the significant difference between this brush and the Clarisonic is the exfoliation mode, which allows you to use a scrub whilst the brush ‘judders’ which creates a really intense exfoliation. The model I bought also came with 3 brushes; one for sensitive skin, one normal brush and one slightly larger brush for the body. I imported this brush into the UK from the states and it ended up costing about £100 including p+p which still worked out considerably cheaper than even a second-hand Clarisonic (bleurgh – the idea of a second hand facial brush to me is about as appealing as a second-hand toothbrush; I’m aware you can change the head, but still!) which is appealing, however I needed to make sure that it would be a sensible decision, as there’s no point in buying something cheaper if it’s going to prove inferior. The research I did informed me that the main problem with the Nutra Sonic is the fact that the model can be temperamental and a few people have experienced the model giving up after a few months of use and not working again. Therefore, I bought mine with a warranty to be on the safe side. The only other problem reported is that some people believe the brush heads are less soft than on the Clarisonic. I can’t comment on this as I’ve never used a Clarisonic.

In my experience, this brush is fantastic. I have noticed a considerable change in my skin (spot-prone in parts, dry in others, open pores, basically a high-charging dermatologist’s dream) and this has really calmed down ALL my skin issues. I’m still getting spots, although they’re not cystic and clear up very quickly and are much less angry than I’m used to. They also don’t hang around for long and are easy to conceal. My dry patches are non-existent and the my pores are much clearer.

It’s worth noting at this point that I have pretty hardcore skin; it’s been through everything, from strong chemical peels, to laser, to microdermabrasion and nothing aggravates it. However, when I first used the exfoliation mode, the blackheads on my nose all popped out (and they had been there for YEARS) and my skin reacted rather angrily to the whole experience! It all calmed down in a couple of days after lots of moisturiser, but the point I’m making is that if my hardcore skin is going to react to this, you’ll want to tread carefully if you’re on the sensitive side. The fact that the blackheads shifted is astonishing, not even microdermabrasion shifted those evil little things.

So to conclude, I’m really happy with the brush. As I said, I can’t compare it to the Clarisonic, but the people who can view this brush favourably and I’m really happy I decided to go ahead and purchase it. Soon, I’ll write a blog on the various cleansers I’ve used with the brush, the techniques that work for me and any tips I think are worth mentioning. Any questions, feel free to post and thanks for reading.

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11 Comments

  1. August 30, 2011 / 8:03 PM

    Hey! Great post. I’m thinking of getting one of these for my girlfriend. Can you tell me how long the battery charge lasts? I can’t really find anything online about it. Great blog, by the way!

  2. August 30, 2011 / 8:07 PM

    Hi John, thanks for your comment. I find the battery lasts a couple of weeks and this is with twice-daily usage. Although to be honest, other than the first initial full charge I’ve tended to ‘spot charge’ and by that I mean charging for a few hours here and there; which is probably not great for the unit! I’m sure your girlfriend would love such a thoughtful gift 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    September 21, 2011 / 6:44 AM

    The problem with the nutra sonic brush is the battery. mine kept shutting off. So I changed the rechargable battery and now it works great.no problems at all.

  4. September 21, 2011 / 10:23 AM

    I have heard that a few times; so far I haven’t had any problems with the battery but having heard so many reports from people who have, I’m waiting for something to go wrong with it. If it does then I’ll give your suggestion a go, thanks very much 🙂

  5. Logan Dunaway
    February 25, 2012 / 6:09 AM

    This may sound dumb, but I am not sure if I am using my NutraSonic right.. I have been using it most nights for about a month now, and it just doesn’t really seem to be helping my face clear up. Any thoughts on why this may be?

    • February 25, 2012 / 1:19 PM

      Hi Logan,

      That doesn’t sound dumb at all! As with everything, there are things that work with the majority of people but don’t work for the minority as skincare is such a personal thing and unfortunately there are things that people rave about that do nothing for others (I know I’ve come up against that on several occasions!). However, what facial wash are you using with it? What do you mean by ‘clear up’; as in, do you have spots or dry skin or both…or something else!? If you like, feel free to mail me at geek@beautygeekuk.com and let me know and I can put my thinking cap on xx

  6. Anonymous
    November 13, 2012 / 3:42 AM

    I bought the Companion version and was loving it. That is until the initial charge died and it won’t recharge. I was wondering if you knew what the problem could be? I read above about changing the rechargable battery, how is that done?
    Thanks

    • November 21, 2012 / 2:49 PM

      I’m so sorry, I have heard a few people mention issues with the charging and there doesn’t seem to be any answer to it at the moment. Hope you managed to get it sorted xx

  7. November 26, 2012 / 9:13 AM

    HI Sasha,
    may I ask you how often you use microdermoabrasion brush, and if you use this brush with a scrub or a foaming face wash.
    Do you pass your normal brush around eyes to improve the eye contour skin, too?I think it could be useful to reduce fine lines around my eyes.
    Thank you!
    Silvia, Italy

    • November 27, 2012 / 7:59 AM

      Hi Coral,

      I definitely wouldn’t put this or any other kind of oscillating brush anywhere near the eye area as it’s way, way too harsh for that! I would only use something quite lubricating with the Nutri-Sonic, maybe something along the lines of a good oil or a creamy wash. If you have really oily skin then you can get away with a foaming wash.

      If you’re looking for something to gently exfoliate the eye area then find an eye treatment with fruit acids in it; Ole Henriksen does one (I think it’s part of the “Truth” range) and Jan Marini do a Vitamin C one, I believe it’s part of the C’esta range. If you use anything that manually exfoliates around the eye area then you’re just pulling at the area and as it’s so delicate, you risk making the problem worse in the long run so please don’t do it!

      Hope this helps and give me a shout if you need any more info xx

  8. November 26, 2012 / 9:13 AM

    HI Sasha,
    may I ask you how often you use microdermoabrasion brush, and if you use this brush with a scrub or a foaming face wash.
    Do you pass your normal brush around eyes to improve the eye contour skin, too?I think it could be useful to reduce fine lines around my eyes.
    Thank you!
    Silvia, Italy

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