“ Type: Brushes / Brand: The Body Shop / Subcategory: Face Care / Suitable for: Face „
As I was browsing this site, I came across this brush and thought this was just the product I was looking for.
I use an exfoliating mask every week and can really see the benefits. I liked the idea of this brush as it is something I could use with my existing skincare, as opposed to buying another product.
The brush is small, about the size of a walnut and comes with a lid, which is handy for storing it, as it will help to prolong its life. Some of the reviewers said theirs comes with a lid in the handle for storing cream etc, but I assume this must be an older version.
I can really see the difference in my skin when I use this. I have blackheads on my nose and exfoliation is the only thing that keeps them at bay. Thus little brush is great for a midweek boost and as I use it with my normal cleanser, doesn't add anything extra to my routine. I did think it may be a bit too small, but the small size makes it easier to move around your whole face. The bristles are really soft so it won't damage the delicate skin in your face and could be used on sensitive skin.
The brush sells for £3, but I bought it half price for £1.50, making it even more of a bargain.
~ Why I Bought It ~
I actually received this little facial brush as part of a vitamin e gift set from the body shop that I was given as a present last Christmas. I had never had or used a facial brush before getting this so I was excited to try it out and see if it made any difference.
~ Price ~
This facial brush retails at £4 which isn't too expensive in my opinion as the brush is very well made and good quality.
~ My Opinion ~
I wasn't too sure what to make of this brush at first as I'd never used a facial brush before and as I have dry, sensitive skin I was worried it would irritate it. The design of the brush instantly appealed to me though as it is really small and cute, and I like that it has a lid as this keeps it upright and protected from any germs and bacteria, so I never feel paranoid that I am spreading germs over my face when I use it!
The brush has a small handle which although very small is easy to grip and the surface area of the brush is quite large so it doesn't take ages to 'brush' the whole of my face - I know that sounds a little weird haha. The brush bristles are soft but they do feel a little scratchy (though not to the point of being painful) against dry skin. At first I wasn't really sure what I was doing and I was using it on dry skin, which felt suite uncomfortable and left my face a little red. I then began using it with my facial wash and this works really well.
It helps the face wash foam up and exfoliates my skin at the same time, and with the facial wash it doesn't feel scratchy. After using the brush my face feels lovely and smooth and soft and clean too and after several months of using the brush I have seen an improvement in my skin and it doesn't get as dry as I am obviously getting rid of all the dead skin cells etc by using the brush. I usually use it whenever I have a bath which is usually four days a week and I don't use it everyday, though I don't see why you couldn't if you wanted to.
The brush is easy to wash and it dries fairly quickly. The only thing that I find annoying though is that when it is drying I have to leave it on the bathroom side without the lid on so that the bristles can dry which makes me worry about germs so I usually put it on a towel so tis not directly on any surface. It is pointless putting the lid on whole the bristles are still wet as it will take ages for the brush to dry. It usually takes at least a dry for the bristles to completely dry, sometimes longer.
~ All in All ~
A cute, well made little brush which exfoliates my skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
Unfortunately for me, I have quite dry skin all over, including my face - my t zone is especially prone to dry patches. How attractive! Because of this, a skin care regime is highly important and I follow mine religiously. I cleanse, tone, moisturise and of course, exfoliate. Up until recently, I'd been using a normal body brush to exfoliate my face and I only really bought this to bring the total for my Body Shop order up as I had to reach £25.00 for free delivery. I chose this because it was cheap and I thought it sounded quite handy as well.
This is a facial brush from The Body Shop and it's £3.00, which I think is a really reasonable price. It does look a little cheap, but it's durable and it does the job so I can't complain. The brush is basically a round disc of transparent plastic with white bristles attatched. The bristles are quite stubby when compared to a body brush, but they're still a good size (around an inch long). There's a handy attatched and although the brush is very small (I was suprised by how tiny it is, but it's really cute) the handle is easy to grip.
I like that the brush is so small as I feel that it is more precise and I am able to use it on my nose, chin etc without it being too large. The facial brush comes with a lid which I like, as my body brush just sits on the side of the bath bristle side down so this is much more hygienic. The lid is easy to clip on and take off - make sure you let the brush dry before putting the lid on though. Facial Brush's are much more gentle when compard to body brushes and skin brushes in general. Unlike body brushes, facial brushes can be used to dry brush, meaning that this doesn't have to be used with any skincare products such as moisturiser, although I do use mine with moisturiser and cleanser sometimes and it helps the product lather.
The brush is shaped to follow facial contours and it cleans away any dead skin cells, dry skin and dirt. I also had hoped that this may help reduce blackheads as I am prone to them on my nose, however I have not noticed a difference even after over two weeks of daily use. This does however help with spots. I get spots around my chin whenever I'm run down/on my period and I've found that this brush helps dry them up quickly and remove any dead skin. If you do have spots, wash this after it's been touching them else it might spread them all over your face!
I use the brush on dry skin mainly as the bristles take so long to dry when used on wet skin. I use this daily before bed and to use it I grip it by the handle and use in circular motions all over my face - cheeks, nose, t-zone, chin, forehead and so on. The bristles don't hurt but you can feel them working. After around 5 minutes I then cleanse, tone and moisturise and go to bed and the results in the morning are amazing; soft, glowy skin free of any unattractive dry patches. The brush has made a huge difference to my skin already and the difference is noticeable - for £3.00 this is well worth buying! Recommended.
The face brush is said to enhance cleansing and shaped to follow facial contours.
-- Reasons for buying --
I received this with the new Body Shop Tea Tree Medium Skincare set. I was really excited to use it, as I have used all sorts of tools with my cleanser and never found once that really removes the dead skin, without causing any irritation.
-- Appearance --
The white bristled brush is attached to a small circular transparent handle and has a lid which you can detach and reattach after use. The lid helps to protect the bristles from damage, also to prevent the brush from getting dirty. The bristles have a very soft feel to them, not hard like some others I have tried.
-- Using the brush --
The brush is really easy to you, I like to use it when washing or ex-foliating my face. I wet my face, apply a little product to the actual brush, and massage against my skin in circular motions. After, I rinse my skin and feel the results!
-- Positives --
The brush is a really nice added accessory with the kit and is really good at getting rid of dry dead skin cells. It also encourages blood flow to the skin, which is why after using your skin may look a little pinkish in areas which is completely normal. The brush as really soft against my skin, causing absolutely no irritation and left my skin silky smooth, without any dry patches. It really worked well with my cleansers, achieving the best and most effective results! My skin looked fresher, more radiant and a added definite gorgeous glow to my skin. This is a fabulous tool which I will definitely be re-purchasing and using regularly.
-- Negatives --
The bristles do start to go a bit wispy and become damaged after a 2-3 months, which is a slightly inconvenient. But if you tend to not use it very often or keep it in good condition I'm sure it would last much longer. After using I did tend to place it near my radiator to dry the water out of it, which did make it go wispy more quickly.
-- Price and Availability --
This facial brush is available in The body shop stores and online for £3. I believe this to be very very cheap for the quality of the brush.
-- Conclusion --
I would definitely recommend this brush as it made my skin look fresher, cleaner and helped remove dead skin build up which left my skin more radiant. Even though the brush may only last a couple of months, probably longer with more care, it is still a very good price! I would recommend this brush especially daily use, along with cleansers to get the most effective results!
SO this is quite a weird product, both to review and to buy. At first glance, it seems like the kind of product where somebody has invented a problem so that they can sell a solution, but stick with it!
The brish is very simple. It is a circular piece of plastic, with a little handle-type thing to hold. The bristle are incredibly soft if you feel them with your fingers, but feel slightly less soft on the skin on your face! The brush fits neatly into the lid to protect the bristles when you're not using the brush. (A warning to prevent mould growth - wait to put the lid on until the brush is dry!)
The brush is used with your normal face wash, and exfoliates skin as well as cleaning it more deeply than when using face wash only using fingers - or, well, that is the claim.
Luckily, the claim is absolutely justified. Skin feels much softer and much more deeply cleaned than usual. I use mine with a Simple facewash, but I imagine it works similarly with any brand of facewash. I've been using my brush for around a year now, and it's still going strong: the bristles haven't fallen out or gone stiff and it still works as it did when it was new. Although when dry it feels a little rough on the skin on your face, when wet it isn't uncomfortable at all, and just feels like any other exfoliator.
For £3, this really is a bargain, even if it doesn't seem like something that's particularly useful. It really is for me, I use mine every day and shall continue to do so, and would recommend it to anyone really.
I am literally using this as I write because it does such good for my skin! I wanted one of these as my mum worked for clearisil and basically said that spots are only caused by one thing and that is dead skin. So after using sooo many exfoliators from clearisil and neutrogena I gave up as they left my skin dry and i have a 'shiny film' left over my face. I decided to go for this product IT'S ONLY £3!
This brush is recommended to be used with a simple face cream and doesn't need an exfoliator to go with it so i thought great! After using it twice with my Cleanse and polish from Liz earle i felt like it was more eroding my face and the water made the wires on the brush feel more...there was more friction and my face was red after using it. :(
Now i have been trying something different for another week and my spots and blemishes and peeling nose have gone. Basically I wash my face as usual and then fully dry my face so the skin is completely dry. I then use this brush, also dry, and lightly go round in circles for as long as i desire all over my face. It is fairly relaxing and i can feel it working -especially afterwards when i touch my face, it's really smooth! If you put it up to a light and flick your finger across the brush you can see small skin particles come off which i like to do to as evidence that it works.
Like i said my blemishes that have come from old spots have recently not been disappearing for months and i use this for one week and poof! My skin is dry yet soft like a child's skin and it really does help with spots (especially with 8 glasses of water a day.) I fully recommend this, i really do, and it's only £3! Get one for your friends, i know it's a bit early/late, but it would be a great stocking filler.
Looking at the packaging, it's a brush bigger than a 50p and is has therefore got concentrated yet soft bristles. It will easily fit inside a pencil case or handbag for travels. The handle is very easy to grip and the brush comes with a lid to put over the bristles for hygiene and preventing dust getting in it. the whole thing is waterproof and i recommend to wash the brush every now and again as a slow build up of dirt and dead skin may happen - which would only CAUSE spots...