The Brush Off

A basic facial brush
A basic facial brush

Who would have thought deep cleansing (and getting younger) could be so quick and easy? A facial brush, used properly, deep cleanses and exfoliates to encourage fresher, younger skin in the most affordable and natural way, and can be used on face, neck and decolletage, removing the top layer of dead skin to improve skin clarity. This, along with stimulating circulation, creates  firmer, brighter, softer skin that more readily absorbs the nutrients in face cream.

Popular recommendation is to brush the face, neck and decolletage twice a week. If skin dries out and tone becomes uneven, try brushing once a week. If you feel this routine isn’t effective, try three times a week. Use your brush with warm water and a gentle cleanser in small, circular strokes, and take special care to avoid the delicate skin around the eyes.

Facial brush with protective cover from The Body Shop
Facial brush with protective cover from The Body Shop

If you’re using a facial brush, skip your scrub or chemical exfoliant entirely (as a facial brush is an exfoliant!).  For maximum benefit, keep your brush squeaky clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water after each use.

Anyone with skin conditions should use facial brushes with caution. The rough bristles can aggravate anything from rosacea to eczema to acne. People with these skin irritations may benefit from using facial cleansing brushes very, very gently and/or infrequently.

Facial brushes can be purchased fairly inexpensively, for a few dollars (£1-£25).

Another option from Dermalogica
Another option from Dermalogica

Pick your brush, and give your face, neck and decolletage the brush off, all in the name of youth!

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