“ Type: Brushes / Brand: Superdrug / Brush / „
Before Christmas my local Superdrug was selling off lots of bath and hair care items. Most of the stuff was a bit tatty but a shelf of bath body brushes caught my eye as that is exactly what I had gone in to the shop to buy. I had seen some on sale for £3.99 hanging up in the main bathing section, and then was surprised to see a pile of the exactly same brushes reduced to 10p round the corner. I bought two, one in each of the available colours of white and pink. I gave one to one of my sisters and I think it is fair to say it probably isn't the nicest gift that she has ever recieved! Incidently the brushes are now back on sale at full price and haven't changed design at all..
The brush is the long handled kind that you can use in the bath or shower to scrub your back or anywhere else you can't reach too easily. The label attached to the handle promises that the brush can also be used to "stimulate blood flow, invigorate muscles and help to manage cellulite". It is supposed to be suitable for use on both damp and dry skin. The website description adds the fact it offers "gentle cleansing of face and body". I can't imagine anyone using a large brush like this on their face, even if it wasn't so rough. It would be awkward to say the least. Haing tried it on my body, I think it is safe to say I will never try it above the neck!
The brush is made of plastic, so it didn't look quite as smart as my previous brush which was wooden handled. Nevertheless the brush handle feels sturdy and it flexes just enough to be easy to use behind your back. The handle is just under 30 cm long which is pefect for me and around the same as most brushes I find. The bristles are also synthetic, which is a positive point for me as some natural bristles are not suitable for a vegetarian. It is easy to keep clean, as a quick rinse under clean water deals with any soap scum etc. There is also a nice ribbon loop with a little bead attached which allows you to easily hang the brush up to dry. So far so good.
The bristles felt firm but not too abrasive when I felt them in the shop. Sadly, when actually used on your skin in the recommended circular motions, they feel extremely rough. I expect a brush that is designed to stimulate blood flow and muscles to be firm, but this feels like it is actually scratching my skin. I also don't mind feeling that my skin is tingling as I suppose that is the circulation being "stimulated" but I draw the line at feeling as though I have been sandpapered. It is the same when used either wet or dry, but wet feels worst which is the opposite to what I usually find with these brushes. I certainly don't agree that it is "gentle" or suitable for use on the face! I tried to use it as gently as possbile but it still felt scratchy and I can't say that my muscles felt at all invigorated. Bruised maybe. As for it's effect on cellulite, I have just developed my first ever patch, lucky old me. I have used the brush on it a few times but I can't bear to do so often enough to really give it a fair trial. There is definitely no instant effect but I wouldn't expect there to be. The label only suggests using that the brush willl "help manage" cellulite rather than cure it anyway.
I have kept one brush to use on my feet where the fierce bristles don't feel too bad. The head is a good size to use on that area and it doesn't feel as tickly as other brushes do. The other brush was returned to me by my sister after she found it too harsh for her skin too. I now use it as a welly cleaner and I have to say it is excellent at that! I have been quite rough with it when scrubbing away and the bristles can obviously stand vigorous use. Not one has come out and they haven't become splayed. This may be good news if you really want a strong brush, but I have found this to be too harsh to be suitable for my skin, especially in the area that I most want to use it - on my outer thighs.
I wouldn't recommend this brush because I think it is too brutal, even for a cellulite beating brush. At £3.99 it isn't expensive but if it feels too uncomfortable to use regularly there isn't much point in buying it regardless. If you want a welly cleaning brush though, it is perfect!
I spotted these body brushes in a big basket at Superdrug and bought three - one as a Christmas present, one for my mum and one for us to keep as my daughter loves bath time and I thought we could use it supervised to clean her with.
What is it?
This is a long handled bath or shower brush, which looks ideal for scrubbing away and is good for reaching feet when they feel a long way away (!) or hard to reach places like your back. The handle is plastic (mine is pink) and the bristles are man-made and felt quite soft when dry. (oh how wrong was I?). There is a little ribbon on the handle so you can hang it up when not in use.
In a word... ouch! I couldn't believe how painful this brush was when I used it in the shower to give my back a nice scrub with some shower gel. It was like scrubbing yourself with a brillo pad. On the website it promises gentle cleansing for face and body. I would not dare touch my face with this brush as it was so scratchy. It wasn't even good for calming an itch (unless used over a layer of clothes!).
You will now understand why I bought three of these brushes! They were priced at 10p which is a real bargain! I read about the 10p Superdrug bargains all the time on the Money Saving Expert and had never found any for myself until now. I think my local branch must have had a massive surplus of these brushes as there were loads of them for sale in the basket by the main doors. Funnily enough, the same brush in white is priced £4.09p on the Superdrug website so it's not a price everyone will get to enjoy.
I am now quite relieved, having bought three of these and finding mine to be rather painful that I didn't go mad and buy a lot more. I can already see the person who I have bought this as a Christmas present (it's a bit of a joke pressy actually as she has only recently realised you have to clean your feet when you have a bath and that the bath doesn't do it for you) thinking I must scour my body when I have a bath or shower!
I think the wooden brushes with the more natural looking bristles make a better body brush than this. Whilst I want to get clean, I don't want to lose a complete thick layer of skin and I also don't want red scratch marks over my body. For 10p it was worth a punt but it is actually something I am rather scared of using now and would never dream of using it on our daughter's soft baby skin!