Exfoliation is a big part of proper skincare. Every few weeks, our skin sheds dead cells, and these need to be removed so that the skin can re-grow and regenerate. Using a body brush will help accelerate the shedding process, leading to a healthy, glowing skin. Skin appears healthy and rejuvenated when old skin cells are shed and replaced with healthy, new ones.
You have a wide array of body brush choices. Here are a few tips that can help you choose which one is best for you.
- Will you be using it wet or dry? Some body brushes are meant to be used on dry skin. You can use these right before or after you bathe or shower. Brushes that are meant for use on wet skin can be used while you bathe or shower, in conjunction with an exfoliating body wash or scrub.
- Look for different bristle lengths. Go for a body brush with a mixture of short and long bristles. This lets you exfoliate different parts of your body. Different skin areas need varying amounts of pressure. You will also benefit from long bristles if you want to scrub hard-to-reach areas.
- Go for natural fibers. The best body brushes are those made with natural fibers. These can be hemp, sisal, jute, loofah, boar or goat bristle. These have the right combination of softness and firmness that can take out dead skin cells, but not hurt the underlying new skin.
- Find a durable brush. With proper care, a body brush should last you about six months. However, do consider changing your body brush regularly, as the bristles will wear and become dirty over time.
- Clean your brush. After each use, clean your brush thoroughly. You wouldn’t want to have dead skin cells, hair and other debris on the bristles. If you have a flexible brush, you can even machine-wash them. Make sure you air dry your brush thoroughly after each use and cleaning, so that bacteria will not breed in them.
Aside from a body brush, you have other options when it comes to exfoliating your skin. You can use a loofah, which come in various shapes and sizes. This comes from the vegetable Luffa, and is very effective in removing dead skin cells. Alternatively, an exfoliating glove will also work. You might find it easier to work using your hands on your body, rather than having to hold a brush.
The best way to exfoliate is to brush your dry skin before entering the bath or shower. Do this from the soles of your feet, working your way upward, until your whole body has been scrubbed. Then, shower as you normally would, but use an exfoliating cleanser or scrub with your brush. Use gentle, circular strokes. Use a pumice for rough spots like your elbows, knees, soles and heels.
Scrubs that work best for skin will contain natural ingredients like sea salt, oats or ground almonds. These grainy types of cleansers help scrub and exfoliate the skin.
After your bath, apply moisturizer or lotion, to compensate for the moisture that you may have scrubbed off while exfoliating. You don’t need to exfoliate too frequently, as this will dry the skin. Do this once to twice a week, to help accelerate skin shedding. Be sure to apply lotion or moisturizer every day.