“ Type: Brushes / Brand: Hydrea / Brush / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Hydrates, „
Firstly, I'd like to thank 'beauty banter' for her review of another body brush, which spurred me into making this purchase. I decided that the Boots brush she was recommending would be too hard for my occasionally sensitive skin, and so I began my online search for something a bit softer. I was delighted to find this brush, which has a beech wooden handle and natural bristles.
My skin is very dry, especially on my legs. However, although the skin on my forearms can also get quite dry, my skin there is very thin, and can easily become bruised . For this reason, I specifically wanted a brush that would be quite soft while at the same time producing the effect I wanted. After an online search, I came across the Hydrea Short Handle Wooden Body Brush (Soft), which I bought from The Highland Soap Company (a family-run business based in the Scottish Highlands). My brush cost me £5.50, plus £1.95 shipping - Royal Mail first class recorded delivery (you should allow 2-7 days for delivery). I was very happy with the ease of ordering as well as the very prompt arrival of my brush. The handle on this brush is 24.5cm long, and the round brush has a diameter of 8cm. The brush has a hanging loop. A long-handled version is also available. I would like to point out that this brush does not at all resemble the illustration provided at the top of this review.
Highland Soap's website states that 'The wooden handle is made from FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) Beechwood from a well-managed forest; promoting responsible production and sustainable consumption of forest products'. The natural bristle should be suitable for all skin types.
I have found that the process of body brushing leaves my skin feeling energised and tingly. I'm using it simply to help with the removal of dry skin, but the process can have other benefits too. As well as helping to remove dead skin, body brushing also helps stimulate your circulation and lymphatic system. It aids the elimination of toxins from your skin (which is an organ of elimination, like your liver and kidneys). Apparently, more than a pound of waste products can be eliminated through your skin each day! I find this thought utterly gross, and so will move swiftly on.
I have seen different instructions for the use of these brushes. However, the method recommended is to use long smooth movements, which should be done in an upward direction (ie towards the heart). You should begin with the soles of your feet, and then work your way up your legs, tummy and chest. (You should use lighter strokes on your boobs, and avoid the nipple area. Ouch.) You should then do your back (this is certainly an area that might benefit from a longer-handled brush to make it easier to reach), followed by your hands and arms. If you are troubled by cellulite, it is suggested that you give extra attention to your hips and thighs. Body brushing is not recommended for use on your face (ouch again).
Body brushing should be done when your skin is dry, preferably before a bath or shower. You should wash your brush every few weeks and allow it to dry naturally.
I love this new addition to my skincare routine. The sturdy wooden handle is a pleasure to hold, and I find that the short handle is just what I need to get a good grip, and to apply the brush wherever I want. The bristles themselves are perfect for me, and are very effective without being uncomfortable.
I've been using my brush since the beginning of August, and am delighted to see the difference it has made. Although my skin remains naturally dry, it is much easier to deal with and remove the dead skin. The little bumps at the tops of my arms are also much improved. And it's a wonderfully invigorating way to start your day!
I highly recommend the Hydrea Short Handle Wooden Body Brush (Soft), and am happy to give it five stars.
(I'm not sure what Dooyoo have included as their photo at the top of this review, but it certainly isn't the body brush!)