Exfoliating is one of those skincare tasks that we can’t really skip if we want to have healthy skin. Technically, all it is doing is supporting your skin’s natural ability to shed, but your skin actually doesn’t do that good of a job on its own. This is because your natural oils tend to catch shed skin cells and other bits of grime regularly that in turn build up to cause skin issues. A good scrub or cleanser goes a long way towards helping to work against such problems though. Most of us entirely miss that we have other options like a skin exfoliating brush. These come in a several forms that are each useful for particular kinds of exfoliation. Let’s go over them so that you have an idea of what they’re good for and the best way to use brushes.
Traditional Facial Brushes
Those of us already acquainted with facial exfoliating brushes are more likely to recognize these. They are simple enough brushes that typically fit within the palm of your hand and have softer bristles than you expect from body brushes. These are meant for careful work around the face where the skin is the most sensitive. Some of them take other forms though. There are some forms of sponge that are frequently used as a facial brush too. As a general rule, facial brushes are frequently designed to be gentle enough for people with sensitive skin to use providing they don’t apply too much pressure. This helps bypass the issue with products irritating the skin. Sponges used in this fashion are typically used in conjunction with a gentle cleanser to ensure they are properly effective. It is important to note that these brushes are typically only usable wet though. This is to ensure, as with dry brushes, that the skin is as resilient as it can be for the exfoliation.
These are the oldest kind of exfoliating brushes available. They’ve been around for a long time and are actually still part of some cultural cleaning habits. You can use them both wet and dry too. The key here is that body brushes tend to have comparatively rough bristles. This is because they’re designed to brush the body where the skin is comparatively rough. How you use them tends to be different from facial brushes too. Many traditional body brushes are used to give your body a thorough brushing before you actually begin to bathe. This lets you rinse off the dead skin cells in the bath or shower and make it that much more effective. However, there are still quite usable in the shower as well. Many people favor doing this as they tend to feel a little less rough on wet skin and the skin itself often recovers a little more effectively. Unlike body brushes, facial brushes tend to be a little more specialized.
These are a comparatively new style of brush available on the market even though they’ve been around for a while. Rather than being fully manually operated, sonic brushes have internal mechanisms that help oscillate or rotate the actual brush head. The key here is that the movement and vibration aids in the physical exfoliation by loosening oils and debris even further than they otherwise would be. These are typically designed to be particularly gentle on skin simply because of the moving parts raising the risk of over-exfoliating by default. As a result, you can generally expect them to be a decent choice for people with sensitive skin. These systems tend to be electric though and as a result you need to carefully check the designs. Plug-in devices are, obviously, strictly dry use only, but some cordless devices may be as well depending on the design. Make sure of what your device is allowed to do to avoid hurting yourself.
Exfoliating brushes, no matter the form they take, are yet another option for helping to exfoliate you skin. The style determines a lot about who and what they’re good for though. Larger body brushes should only be used on your torso and limbs while the facial brushes are best used as necessary for more sensitive skin. Brushes are a viable alternative to cleansers and scrubs as long as you’re careful.