Dry Body Brushing

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  1. nangnangnj

    nangnangnj New Member

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    Body Brushes

    I love body scrubs but unless I get out of the shower/bath halfway through to use them, they end up washing away with the water. I also find that most shower scrubbers are too soft and a waste of time...except the Riffi mit, I love Riffi mits!
    Anyway my dermatogolist said not to use any shower scrubbers including the Riffi because they foster bacteria growth or something :sick: I don't know though, because the Riffi has that special plastic, is so easy to wash and never ever smelt bad, but I get what he means. Anyway he was recommending dry body brushes. I've read heaps of things about how good it is for circulation, dryness and maintaining healthy skin in general.
    Plus lots of rave reviews about 'cactus' brushes, has anyone tried these? I bought a cheap dry brush yesterday it's good but I think it's too soft, so I might upgrade to the cactus...
    Does anyone use dry body brushes? Which one/s do you use? What are your thoughts?
    Thanks!
     
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    nangnangnj New Member

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    I haven't got the cactus brush yet, but in the meantime I had a great idea of how to make the one I got (which is too soft) more effective. I trimmed down all the bristles to at least half their length. Now it feels great when I use it :woot: It gives my skin a nice tingle feeling, I follow the brushing with oil. I'm using Linden leaves which has sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil,avocado oil, rosehip oil, and 23kt gold flakes. I let the oil sink in, and then I smooth over with body cream :heart: at the moment I'm using Clarins.
    This is the brush I'm using vvvv
     

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    I've heard a lot about this process but have never done it myself... I am thinking about starting it up over the winter (and following it with a nice rich body oil to keep my skin soft) - does anyone else do this? Where did you buy your brush from?

    :flower:
     
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    Thanks for that, I must have missed your post :flower: Where did you get your brush from? I am thinking about getting one from The Body Shop.
     
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    A health food type of store. The other side with those ball things look interesting but do nothing for me :P
     
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    Also that body oil I mentioned earlier is made in NZ so you should be able to get it easily... don't know where in Australia you are, but David Jones flagships stock it. It's AMAZING. A little expensive so I've only got it a couple of times... but if you really want to treat yourself with the dry brush, do it!
     
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    michyed THE STRANGER

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    Your dermatologist is right, but the problem can easily be solved if you simply let the scrubbers soak in diluted ethanol or isopropyl alcohol for an hour. That's what I do with my toothbrush too :D
     
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    i have the one from the Body Shop, it's nice and has firm-yet-soft bristles, and the circular shape makes it really easy to grip onto and reach all those nooks and crannies! I find it to be quite possibly the hardest EVER beauty habit to maintain, though.

    I've literally tried everything i can think of to force myself into the habit of doing it every morning, but to no avail :(. Something about it feels kind of brutal to me. It doesn't hurt, it actually feels really satisfying like when you scratch an itch. But it's quite a 'rough' act, i don't really know how to explain it. I'm probably just sounding weird here. ANYWAY, i definitely can see its benefits, i just personally find it a tough thing to do every day :ninja:
     
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    I used to be so good about dry brushing. The revival of this thread has inspired me to pick up my brush once again! I got mine at Whole Foods and love it :heart:
     
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    I have The Body Shop brush as well. My main reason for buying it was to combat my growing cellulite problem, but I am having problems getting into a daily routine of doing it as well!

    It feels quite nice though, very refreshing.
     
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    I bought The Body Shop cactus brush today and will try it out tonight before my shower :heart:
     
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    Your skin may be a little sensitive after the brushing, so going to a warm / hot shower may aggravate it and leave it a little dry. Your initial plan to do it before moisturising is probably better :flower:
     
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    Oh, really? I was planning on having the shower and then moisturising after. Should I do the brushing after the shower & after drying off perhaps?
     
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    I have been dry body brushing for around 3 years now. Usually for around 15 minutes each morning before my shower :smile: I use the body shop brush as well. Has anyone used the one from perfect potion?
     
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    I too have been doing this for a few years now. I always do it before I have a shower, I do however let the shower run as to make my bathroom steamy and warm whilst brushing. The little leaflet that came with my brush advised it.
    If you are just starting you may want to test out a few brushes with different hardness.
     
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    I have been doing this for years on advice from my mother; it is really good for circulation! I buy my brushes at Boots because they have been very good quality in comparison to others I have tried.

    It is recommended that you brush before you have a shower or bath. I know that the Japanese technique is to brush and then have a HOT bath, but it can take some getting used to.

    It will hurt/feel rough for the first few mornings when you start doing it, but don't let that deter you from doing it every morning/regularly. You will soon get used to the feeling, and it will start to not hurt. I actually find it really soothing, which might sound odd.
     
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    Okay, so I did the dry body brushing tonight about 5 minutes before my shower. It wasn't too bad, a little bit rougher than I expected but my skin didn't flare up or react badly or anything. I'll stick with it and see how I go after a few weeks...

    ^_^
     
  19. Qui

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    for those who have been dry body brushing for a few years - do you feel that it combats cellulite effectively? my problem area is around the back of my thighs!!
     
  20. patrickk

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    I received my body brush today and am looking forward to trying it out tonight. I bought mine online from ikou in Australia. I was going to get the Cactus Brush from The Body Shop, but it's a bit of a hike to get there.

    There's also a 45 page long thread on dry body brushing on the Vogue Australia, though I'm not sure if I'm allowed to link to it or not?
     

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