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Exfoliating is an important part of my skincare routine, so a skin brush is a must-have. I've tried quite a few different ones, with The Body Shop's round body brush being my all time favourite. This is a sturdy, durable and very good quality brush and I can't really fault it! Most importantly though it is effective and it leaves my skin incredibly soft and smooth. In my opinion the brush is a bargain at £7.00 - when I first got it I thought it was a little pricey, however I've had mine for over three months now and I've got more than my money's worth - and it's still in brilliant condition.
The brush is available via The Body Shop's website as well as in store. The Body Shop say that the brush is ideal for dry skin that needs regular exfoliation - meaning that this instantly appealed to me, as I have quite dry skin. They also state that the brush helps stimulate skin microcirculation and removes dead skin cells. They describe the brush as a round wooden brush has soft bristles to gently massage and exfoliate the skin. The brush comes loose with a label wrapped around the wooden handle - this from what I remember just has the The Body Shop's logo, a brief product description and the words 'buffed to perfection'.
The label needs cutting off as it's attatched by a plastic loop. The brush is made of light oak wood which is coated to make it smooth in texture and it has a slight sheen. As the brush is made of wood, it's important to dry it off after use if the wooden part gets wet to avoid the wood rotting. The wooden part rarely gets wet anyway, but when it does I simply give it a quick dry with a towel. Mine still looks almost good as new with no imperfections or sign of wear at all and the wood still has a slight shine to it.
The handle attatched to the thick, rounded disc of wood is a really handy size and very easy to securely grip. The handle has The Body Shop's logo printed on it which I like and although the handle is quite small it is just the right size to grip easily. The bristles are very soft and fine, and the brush has compacted areas of bristles all over it which is obviously more effective than single bristles would be as they're stronger and have a larger surface area. The bristles are yellow and they're very flexible meaning that they can get in all the nooks and crannies resulting in very thorough exfoliation.
The bristles are a good length and they're securely attatched to the brush. I've been using the brush everry 2-3 days for around three months now and not a single bristle has fallen out or become mishapen. Using the brush is simple. It can be used on dry or wet skin and I use it on both, although The Body Shop recommend using it on wet skin. On dry skin it is a lot harsher and on wet skin it is still quite harsh and if using with an exfoliating or moisturising cream (or even a shower gel) the effects are noticeably better.
A lot of people advise against using exfoliating brushes on dry skin, but I've never had any soreness or anything from doing so. This brush helps moisturisers and skin creams lather up and spread the product all over the skin - I use a body scrub with this if I'm using it on dry skin and if I'm using it in the bath I just use it with a shower gel. I use this all over, focussing mainly on the areas that are prone to dry skin. I don't apply much pressure to the brush when using it on my thighs and torso but on my upper arms and knees and ankles I scrub the skin with the brush quite harshly as this is where I am prone to dry skin.
While using the brush it feels quite tingly which isn't a pleasant feeling but it is not unpleasant, either. My skin always feels amazing straight away once I've given it a quick brush and the effects are visible; my skin is smoother, looks healthier and feels softer. I do not use this on my face purely as it is too large and I don't recommend using this on the genitals either. I used to use this on my 'bits', but after a few times I got a little lump in my groin. I freaked out and thought it was Cancer - it wasn't, and as soon as I stopped using this brush on the area it went away (sorry for TMI, but worth mentioning).
The brush is very effective and so easy to use. It takes me no more than five minutes to use this and the soft, glowing skin is well worth it!
I purchased The Body Shop round brush at the end of March, as I was going on holiday and my skin was not really looking at its best after the long winter months. Even though I was using various body scrubs and exfoliators whilst in the shower, I still felt that my skin was not as smooth and soft as it should be, so on a visit to the Body Shop I decided to purchase this round body brush, hoping that using it on a regular basis would make some difference.
The Body Shop round wooden brush costs £7 and it measures approximately 4 inches in diameter. The wood part, to which the cream coloured bristles are attached, is very smooth and has a slight shine to it. The round handle (on which the Body Shop logo is imprinted on) is a good size, making it easy to hold the brush whilst using it.
This brush is meant to be used on dry skin, by rubbing it over the body in small circular movements, starting from your ankles and working your way up. For best results, you are supposed to use the brush two or three a week. I tend to use this as I am running a bath or just before getting in the shower, for about five minutes at a time.
First time I used it, I thought that the bristles were a bit rough on my skin and so only used it on my legs, worried that if I used it on my top part I would end up quite sore. However, after a few uses you do tend to get used to it and it really doesn't seem as "rough" on the skin. This brush really does seem to get your circulation going as you can feel your skin slightly tingling for a while afterwards. Within a few days only, I noticed that my skin not only felt softer and smoother but it looked a lot brighter and healthier, if you get my drift. My opinion is that it certainly exfoliates better than other products, such as shower/bath scrubs.
I have had this brush for a few months now, and it is still in fab condition, none of the bristles have dropped out or bent. In the long run, I think you would definitely save yourself some pennies too, as you would not have to keep on buying other body scrubs (which never seem to last two minutes!). If you are looking for a good quality body brush at a reasonable price, I would definitely recommend the Body Shop one, as it is in my opinion an excellent exfoliator, the best I have ever used!
After seeing a tip on Gok wan as silly as it may sound I sometimes watch that program as it gives really good tips on how to keep your skin looking nice and feedback on different products and lately I've been trying to get fit and healthy but at the same time I've been trying to get rid of stretch marks, scars and to just improve the texture of my skin.
This is from the body shop and you should of guessed by the title that they are a company that specializes in the body, they do have products of course for facial, hair and do a lovely range of make up that can be tried and tested by a make up artist in store to get the best for your face and the way you feel. Th body shop have products for all skin and hair types possible as if you go in your sure o come out with something!
Now you can pick 'The Body Shop Body Round Brush' up for around £7 but if you don't wish to spend that much then pretty much every high street shop for the body sells these such as body shop, body care, super drug and Boots, all roughly the same price but also all do the same job the only difference being some will be softer than other brush's, I prefer the softer one to the hard one because I found that the harder bristles was very harsh on my skin when it did not need it but my knees did need it so I actually use two types of these brush's.
The dry body brush is used like the title says, dry. If you wet this when doing it will not work as it should. This removes the dead skin cells that settle on the fresh new layer of skins and you run this all over your body and it removes them revealing lovely fresh skin. The way I use this is I start at my feet and work my way up, you are supposed to do long strokes in the way the blood flows so up your body towards your heart and down your down when you are above you heart, do not press down really hard as you have no need to.
Now if you are going to use one of these you need to use three things, if you don't, then you may as well not use it. Firstly dry use the dry body brush all over your body excluding your face, then dry again or slightly damp run a exfoliating body scrub everywhere you have just brushed, this will feel really icky on your skin, but hop in the bath or shower with this on, rinse off and continue as normal, and then afterwards it is a massive must that you moisturize otherwise the full process would of been a waste of time. This full process excluding the time for the bath or shower should take no longer than 10 minutes as it's all it takes.
After using this full method every day for two days now I have noticed a sudden boost in smoothness on my body all over and also noticed a lot less breakage of the skin when I shave, this is one beauty product I will not stop using and on the plus side you only have to buy one!
THE BODY SHOP BRUSH
My first introduction to body brushing was when I heard about the Elemis body brush. This costs £18 which seemed a lot for a brush, I was adamant that I could find the same thing for cheaper and then I discovered the Body Shop brush. I hadn't stepped into a Body Shop for years; it all seemed a bit dated now from when I used to visit in the 90s; flavoured lipbalm and fruity showergel were all the rage back then - not so much what I'm into now. Yet, I just kept hearing more and more about it, so I decided to give it another visit and purchase a body brush (I have since become a big fan of The Body Shop but that's swaying from the subject slightly).
I can't compare it to the Elemis brush as I have obviously not tried it but I know the best brushes are those made with natural bristles as they do not scratch the skin. Both the Elemis and The Body Shop brush are made from cactus bristles. The Body Shop brush is £7, the Elemis brush is £18.
Despite the name, the cactus bristles aren't prickly at all. They are firm and haven't weakened since purchasing a year ago. Brushing areas where skin is weaker, such as the tops my arms, can leave them slightly red but this soon dies down. The size of this brush is roughly 3.5in in diameter making it easy to store and to control when using, however it's impossible to do your own back. If you would like to brush your back I would suggest purchasing Body Shop's long handle cactus brush which comes with a long handle. To improve this, Body Shop should release a 2 in 1 brush that comes with a detachable handle.
WHY BODY BRUSH?
Body brushing is not just for vanity but also for our health. Brushing our body with a brush helps to exfoliate the skin but also works deeper to stimulate blood and lymph circulation. The skin is the largest organ on our body and one of its most important jobs is to eliminate waste. We eliminate one pound of waste through our skin daily! If our skin pores become clogged with dead skin cells then uric acid and other waste builds up in the body. This results in problems inside and outside of our bodies. Our other organs which also eliminate waste (kidneys and liver) become overworked. Skin can develop toxicity problems from the improper pH levels found in everyday skincare products (soaps, deodorant) and the fibres in our clothes. Body brushing basically helps your lymph system to clean itself of toxins from your lymph glands. Circulation is improved and pores are kept open for detoxifying.
The other benefits of this are vast and include: reducing cellulite by breaking up fat deposits, improving metabolism, eliminating dead skin cells and generating new skin cell growth, even and firm skin texture, reducing ingrown hairs, improve the ability to combat bacteria, allowing lotion (including cellulite lotions) to be absorbed better and preventing a common skin problem known as keratosis pilaris. Phew! Sounds great so far; who doesn't want perfect skin, a bit of weightloss and to be healthier? These are pretty big claims yet all you need is a body brush, they are cheap and will last years. The Body Shop Cactus Body brush is only £7 and can be found easily at The Body Shop stores online and offline.
Body brushing is simple, easy, cheap, effective and should only take a few minutes each day. The only difficult part is to remember to do this daily so I leave my brush by my bed to help me remember each morning.
It's important to note that body brushing works best on dry skin before your bath or shower. Unlike other reviewers, I would advise against using this in the shower or bath, this is because wet skin stretches thus making brushing less effective at eliminating dead skin cells. I would also imagine that the bristles will become too soft when soaked in water and may generally weaken them.
Other good times to body brush are just before exercising as your pores will open up, allowing toxins to be eliminated easier when sweating. Also first thing in the morning is another good time as the increase in blood flow will kick-start your metabolism and help to wake you up.
To use, grip the brush and start at the soles of your feet working your way up your legs in long sweeping strokes. As a rule of thumb, longs should be towards your heart and this includes when doing your arms.
When brushing your stomach use circular anti-clockwise to aid the digestive system.
If you are female, use the brush very delicately on your chest or skip completely. Avoid your nipples as it will make them sore.
You can also brush your back, neck and scalp.
Press the brush firmly but not hard as this can cause skin irritation. It should never feel scratchy, adjust pressure if your skin is left red.
Do not use on your face.
After body brushing, you should have a warm shower which should be finished off with cold will also help the stimulation of blood flow improving skin tone and reduce cellulite. If you are using cellulite treatment use this after your shower.
To avoid bacteria growing on your brush it should be cleaned regularly. There are two ways to do this: rinse with water and a gentle shampoo (such as baby shampoo) or to spray a light application of Tea Tree S.O.S. Spray. Using anything harsh can damage the bristles. Allow brush to dry naturally overnight.
The first time I used this I felt a tingly sensation all over my body which lasted ages after. It certainly felt like it was doing something more than just exfoliating my skin and was almost quite relaxing, like a massage for my skin. The feeling has lessened over time by using it regularly but I still believe that this is doing something very beneficial.
I hate the skin on my legs which was the whole reason I bought this. Luckily, I don't have a problem with cellulite (maybe the body brush has helped prevent this?) but my skin is uneven, I sometimes have ungrown hairs and have large pores. The affects of using the body brush is immediately noticeable. The overall appearance of my skin appears smoother. Brushing one leg and comparing it to an unbrushed leg, I can immediately notice more tone, reduced pores, smoother and even brighter skin. They are not perfect, but I do feel that this is an important step in the process of achieving perfect skin on my legs. I'm not sure if this has helped with the ingrown hairs however. So, I mainly use this on my legs but recently I've had keratosis pilaris on the tops of my arms (the little bumps you get on your skin). They aren't terribly bad as they aren't visible and I don't get them often, but after a few weeks of having them and no sign of them reducing I decided to take my body brush to them. I applied a little more pressure than normal and used shorter strokes. After three days of using this on my arm, they have already been significantly reduced! It really feels as though I have been buffing them away.
Overall I think the benefits of this brush hugely out-weigh the work involved. I had fallen into the belief that to solve any skin problem the treatment was to slather on more and more beauty products. I didn't realise that this could be adding to my problems! Using a body brush is cheap, effective, healthy and doesn't damage your skin. I'm very happy with the results from using something so cheap and simple and can't see myself not continuing using this regularly. I would recommend this to everyone.
I bought this mainly because i had started getting waxed and i found that the exfoiliators i was using werent helping to prevent ingrowing hairs. Someone suggested getting a loofah and try dry body brushing but not really knowing much about it i went to the Body Shop and got this. The lady in the shop explained what to do and that this is way better than using an exfoiliater and that dry body brushing is a great way to get rid of cellulite! A product that does two things at once sounded brilliant and i bought it for about £7.
Its a little hand held brush with bristles on it and to use you are meant to start at your feet and work your way up your body, working in circular motions. The first few times i used it i found it a bit awkward to hold but you get the hang of it and i found that swapping hands a lot helps. I got quite a bit of a shock the first few times i used it because while its good on the bottom of your legs and arms, it was quite sore on my thighs and bum and that my body was stinging a bit. This is completely normal though and it just takes a bit of getting used to, its just getting the blood moving round your body. I recently found out that it can also be used in the shower and i normally use it like this now and just put a bit of shower gel on it as i found i get the same results but its just a bit more gentle on my skin.
I have definately noticed a difference in how smooth my skin is and the decrease of ingrowing hairs. From what i have heard about cellulite its just a build up of fatty deposits in the body and the best way to get rid of it is to break up the fat. This certainely does this with continued use as long as you do it right and consistently. It took a few weeks to really start to notice the difference on my cellulite but it does look better, and my skin feels a bit firmer too which is another reason to keep at it. Im not going to lie, it does sting a bit and your skin will probably look really red for about half an hour afterwards but you get used to it when using it every day and the results make it worthwhile. I have had mine for about 6 months and the bristles are still really strong and none have fallen out yet. So if you think about how much you spend on body scrubs and ant-cellulite cream at £10 a go then this is such a money saver.
After I left school - umm, a few years ago ;) - I spent a year as an au pair in France. I stayed with a wealthy family on the Cote d'Azur, every one of whom was incredibly beautiful .... apart from my 12-year-old charge, Stephanie, who was just entering her gawky French teenager phase. I was responsible for all of Stephanie's wellbeing. This included rinsing out her private bathroom after she'd gone to school.
On the second day, after she came home from school, I was faced with a furious interrogation by the girl, her mother, aunt and the housekeeper: "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH STEPHANIE'S BRUSH???!!" I'd scrubbed over the floor of her shower with a stiff brush that was lying there, I'd assumed for the purpose.
It was her body brush. The women sat me down and explained: "Do you know what cellulite is? Go to the beach, you'll see that no French woman has cellulite. This is because we BRUSH our bodies!" I could almost hear them thinking, "You slovenly English apology for a woman..."
At the time I was horrified. Stephanie's brush was exactly like my Mum's floor scrubbing brush, and the child had to scrub herself with it every day. I soon saw, however, that they were telling the truth about the cellulite. So I bought a brush.
This Body Shop brush is actually much softer than the ones used in France, but it's firm enough - and quite a lot pleasanter to use! For best effects, you should dry brush yourself before you turn on the shower. Here's the technique:
Start with your feet. Give the soles of your feet a quick swirl (ticklish folk might want to miss this bit), then brush from your toes right up over your ankles and do the sides & backs of your feet the same way.
Brush in the longest strokes you can manage, up from your ankles to the tops of your legs. Go all round each leg with the long strokes. If your balance isn't good enough to brush a whole leg in one go, do ankles to knees then knees to top.
Brush in more long strokes from your thighs to your underarms. The long strokes are always upwards; the aim is to brush "always towards the heart". Doing your back's a bit of a hit-and-miss affair, if you're anything like me; an old-fashioned back brush with handle, is another option that works well.
Areas which tend to be more prone to cellulite - like the thighs, tummy, bum and breasts - benefit from brisk circular brushing (go in one direction only, aiming to push to centre & upwards) - then finish off with a couple more long upward strokes.
Do your hands and arms from fingertips to shoulders. Then you're finished ... the whole process takes about 3 minutes, though a French schoolgirl is expected to do ten minutes each morning!
Your brushing needs to be quite firm. You will see red marks after doing it - umm, don't draw blood but we are aiming to stimulate the circulation here so a little evidence is healthy! You'll feel tingly after your brushing. It's quite addictive; once you've dry-brushed for a few days, a shower somehow doesn't feel cleansing enough without it :)
Another advantage, of course, is that all the brushing exfoliates "par excellence" so you can bin your body scrub if you want. What's a few ground-up almond shells compared with your new best friend, the body brush?!
Using the Body Shop brush again, to lather up a shower product, is an added frothy bonus and helps keep the brush clean. You need to get a new brush whenever the bristles look a bit sad - same as a toothbrush; about 6-8 weeks if you're doing it daily. They only cost about a fiver.
Love your body brush! It's the cheapest body beauty treatment, and at least as effective as many far pricier alternatives.
Oh: the French always finish their shower with a blast of ice-cold water. I reckon you need very good bathroom heating to carry that one off!
The Body Shop
The Body Shop have been around for over 20 years, I rememeber when I was at school I always used to love going in and trying their products. They are a well known and reputable store who stock a range of natural beauty products, from shower gels to make up. I have several Body Shop products, and when I buy from there, I usually know I'm getting something good.
Body Round Brush
Body Shop Round Brush, is as the name states a rounded wooden brush. It contains soft bristles to gently exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells and help stimulate blood circulation. The Body Shop say that it is "Particularly good for use on dry skin that needs to be exfoliated regularly, it can also be used as an effective massage tool".
Use & Effects
I brought this brush, when I saw it advertised in a magazine a few years ago, and I still have it and use it! It was advertised in the magazine, I think More or Cosmopolitan as a must have beauty accessory. There was a section in the magazine where celebrities stated one of their must haves, and Geri Halliwell stated this as hers, she said it really helped her body look more toned. It was only about £10, so I thought why not and went out to my nearest Body Shop store to purchase it.
The Body Shop Round Brush is recommended for use in the shower or the bath. To use, ensure your skin is wet and then gently rub the brush over your body in circular movements, concentrating on slugglish areas such as the legs and bum. You should use this brush two to three times a week to see maximum effects. The brush is quite harsh in texture, so you do need to be gentle and careful not to over scrub with it. You can apply an exfoliator and then use the brush onto, to really work the exfoliator into your body or you can use alone. Using a body brush exfoliates the skin to some extent and helps stimulate the blood circulation, which helps improve cellulite an slugglish areas. You can never get rid of cellulite but you can help break it up. Cellulite can affect both men and women but tends to be more common in women and is most common on the upper legs and bum. All sizes can get cellulite and majority of people do have some, somewhere. It is a build up of fatty deposits, it is simply normal fat in small compartments formed by connective tissue. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to stop or get rid of cellulite, only to reduce it slightly.
The Body Shop say this brush can be used to massage as well, but I really wouldn't recommend that, it wouldn't penetrate deep enough into the muscles, the bristles would just bend on the skin and it wouldn't be all that comfortable. I wouldn't recommend that you use this on the face or on the genitials, those areas are much to delicate for use of this on them. To use as to exfoliate and increase circulation, it is comfortable enough, it doesn't hurt you or cause irritation but as I said before, you must be gentle with it otherwise you can end up scratching or irritating yourself. When you are using this on yourself, you can work on the pressure you need to use and what your skin and body can take. It is simple to use, and takes an extra 5 minutes in the shower to do, but really makes a difference to your skin, even after one use.
After one use, you skin is instantly softer and appears healthier and much more radiant. Your skin appears even better after using with an exfoliator too, when you choose to use an exfoliator with this though, do go for a gentler one. I love using this on the bottoms of my feet too, it does work quite like a foot file and helps remove the hard skin off my feet. After using this you should apply a moisturiser, this will help to tone and firm the area. With repeated use you can definately notice a big difference, you will find that you don't need to use this as much, skin is generally much more softand supple and it always has a radiant glow. I have cellulite on the tops of my legs, and this appeared less noticable, it was less lumpy and my skin generally felt firmer. I wasn't using any other products at the time apart from exfoliator and body wash, no firming creams, so I know that it was this that helped. If you use this before a night out too, there are immediate results, so your skin will look that bit better after one use. It's great for prepping your body for a holiday too. One thing you could also do, if you are short for time, is to use it as you would a sponge for washing with, apply some shower gel to it and then rub over the body, so whilst cleaning you are also helping your skin. I have sluggish circulation in my legs, and after repeated use of this, I noticed a difference. For a start, my legs appeared much more healthy in colour, they were a lovely pink instead of a dull yellow and they felt much lighter and didn't build up water retention as much as before. My feet also noticed a difference, they got less cold as the circulation could get to them much easier than before. All round I have noticed a lot of differences since using this brush.
The brush is a great size, it has a convienient handle, which enables you to get a good grip onto the brush, and the bristles are flexible, so they can bend around and into areas that it is harder to get to usually. The brush is wooden, with brown bristles. The wood has been protected, but when leaving it in a damp shower, you must be careful that it doesn't start to rot, I luckily haven't had this problem, as I always dry the wooden part off after having a shower. The bristles are good quality, a little hard in texture so you just have to be careful with use. They don't fall out, and are strong. I have had my brush for several years, and the quality of this brush hasn't gone down at all since I first used it, so it is fantastic value for money.
Price & Availability
The Body Round Brush costs £7.00 from the Body Shop, this is the current price but I actually paid £10.00 for this when I brought it a few years ago, so it's good to see it's gone down in price, rather than going up like everything else.
For £7.00, this brush has lasted me years and it is still in fantastic condition. I would definately recommend this to anyone, especially those with slugglish circulation or cellulite, this doesn't completely get rid of it but it does help as much as anything really can. It is easy to use and leaves your skin looking beautiful after.
A rounded wooden brush with soft bristles to massage and gently exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells and help stimulate blood circulation /