I’ve often wondered whether beauty gadgets and devices are bit of a gimmick. A big part of me has always been intrigued by them and another part of me has always been sceptical about them. How much cleaner can a facial cleansing device really get your face?
So, when PMD Beauty reached out to me asking if I wanted to try the PMD Clean facial cleansing device, I was very curious to see how I’d get on with it. Would it add to my skincare routine or would it be another fad trend?
After trying out the PMD Clean for about a month, I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts about it. This review will inform you about whether or not you should invest in the facial cleansing device.
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What is PMD Beauty?
PMD Beauty offers a range of smart beauty tools and skincare products. Although PMD Clean is probably PMD Beauty’s most popular and iconic product, the brand also offers microdermabrasion tools, lip plumping products and face masks.
PMD Clean claims
The PMD Clean is a smart facial cleansing device. With over 7,000 vibrations per minute, our SonicGlow™ technology not only ensures a deep cleanse, but operates at a perfect frequency to lift, firm, and tone problem areas for a more youthful appearance.PMD Beauty
Made from silicone and available in 6 different colours – such as rose gold, teal and black – PMD Clean has 4 different vibration modes: 2 for cleansing and 2 for anti-ageing. The front of the head is used for the 2 cleansing modes and the back of the head is used for the 2 anti-ageing modes. Additionally, the device is waterproof and powered by AA batteries for convenience.
Some of the key benefits this smart facial cleansing device is supposed to deliver are:
- Deep cleansing
- Minimising the appearance of blackheads
- Reducing oil congestion
- Lifting, firming and toning the skin
My experience of using PMD Clean
First things first, I’m in love with the colour of this facial cleanser – baby pink and rose gold can do no wrong. I think if the device looked more gadget-y, I’d be less inclined to use it. However, the simple look makes me want to use the product more.
The product feels lightweight and soft in your hand, making handling the device easy. After all, you don’t want to hold a heavy device up to your face for extended periods of time.
I love that there are 4 different vibration modes as it gives you variety when you wash your face or massage products into the skin. You use modes 1 and 2 – which vibrate constantly – when cleansing and you use modes 3 and 4 – which pulse – to massage serums and moisturisers into the skin.
I actually prefer using the PMD Clean to massage serums and moisturisers into my skin. To do this, you apply the product directly onto the back of the head of the facial cleansing device and then use mode 3 or 4 to massage the product into the skin. This process is so relaxing and therapeutic plus it makes my skin feel soft.
When using the gadget to cleanse my face, I find it doesn’t lather up my ARK Skincare Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser as well as using just my hands. Again, it’s a very relaxing process and makes my skin feel soft, but I think I can get more out of my gel cleansers by just using my hands and water.
As a side note, the fact that the device uses batteries is a huge plus for me. This means you don’t need to worry about wires and charging, which can be annoying. I’ve been using PMD Clean most days for the last 4 weeks and I’ve not had to replace my initial AA battery yet.
Results from using PMD Clean
The PMD Clean has improved my skin tone. My skin tone is more even and dare I say more radiant too? Maybe some of this is down to my skincare routine but I’d say that it’s mostly the work of the device.
However, I wouldn’t say the gadget has lifted or firmed my skin. Maybe a more mature skin would notice the benefits of the smart cleansing device more than me, though.
When looking back over the claims, I’m not convinced that the product provides more of a deep cleanse than just using your hands. It’s more stimulating and fun to use the PMD Clean, sure, but not more effective.
I also don’t think the gadget has reduced oil congestion. Although, it has minimised the appearance of blackheads around my nose. I’m hoping that with continued use, PMD Clean will banish my blackheads for good!
Interestingly, though, the biggest results I’ve seen from using the facial cleanser is that it makes my skin feel very soft and smooth. I don’t know if the device is supposed to do this, but I’ve definitely noticed these benefits. Plus, the process of using the tool is relaxing, which is an added bonus.
Where to buy
Retailing for £89, you can buy the PMD Clean from PMD Beauty, Amazon or lookfantastic.
Although this is undoubtedly expensive, it’s a one-time purchase and then you only ever need to spend money on batteries after that. I think this is very reasonable, especially if you like using beauty gadgets or want to add a new tool into your skincare routine.
All in all, I’ve really enjoyed using PMD Clean. It looks fab, is stimulating to use and makes my skin feel soft and smooth. The features I like the most about this device actually aren’t its cleansing properties but how it massages moisturisers and serums into the skin. I wish it contributed to the cleansing part of my skincare routine, but I’ve loved using it overall.
Rating: 4 stars
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I feel like this would be amazing for someone who has problematic or older skin, to really make it feel toned! But I’m glad it lived up to its reputation in that it made your skin smooth and feel great.
I think it would be best for a more mature skin because of the anti-ageing modes but it’s definitely enjoyable to use in your 20s too
A very detailed review.Its helpful you mentioned about how long the batteries were lasting as it’s really off putting when devices drain them quickly .As an older person I will try out this device and see if it helps firm the skin.
Thank you! Yeah, I was worried that the device would drain the battery in under a week but it’s still going strong haha. I think you’ll like it!
I’m super curious – do you think this would provide too much exfoliation for someone who uses chemical or physical exfoliators regularly? I’ve always been quite intrigued to try PMD or the Foreo, but hold back given how much I’m already doing to exfoliate my skin.
I don’t think so. I wouldn’t say this is an exfoliating product but rather a stimulating one, if that makes sense? There’s no harm trying something new and I don’t think it will be problematic in terms of exfoliating your skin
This definitely sparked my interest. I have been looking at different types of tools lately but since they’re all pretty expensive, I’m afraid to actually try one. This one sounds promising though!
Yeah, they’re a lot to shell out for when you don’t know how effective they will be. It’s even more awkward because you can’t get samples haha. I think this is a lovely tool but it depends what you’re looking for. I wouldn’t say it’s an essential, though haha
This sounds great!! My skins not been great recently, so I’m deffo gonna check this out!!
I’d say the PMD Clean is very gentle, so I can’t imagine you’ll experience any problems with the product. It’s definitely worth trying out!
Thanks for your review of this product. I wish I’d seen it before I bought mine which I received 2 days ago. At this moment in time I’m massively underwhelmed by it. I double cleanse using an oil based cleanser first which gets wiped away with a warm wet facial muslin cloth. I wanted to use this device for my second water based cleanse. I applied it on the silicone head and when using it, it didn’t lather up at all so I lathered my face instead and it seemed to just remove it from my face. When I sat down to apply my products there was a film of oil still left on my face which I had to remove with my toner. When I applied serum to my face then used the Jade stone side to massage it in it dragged my skin where it was sticking. I feel to apply product directly to the stone will use a lot of excess product and serums/oils are not cheap. I feel I’m close to sending it back as very expensive but I’m going to try other techniques first and see how I go.