Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Physical Exfoliation - Sponges and Dry Brushing

I love a good scrub. For the face, I like the original St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. For the body, Tree Hut's Shea Sugar Scrub in Coconut Lime sloughs away dead skin and moisturizes. I wanted a cheap, physical option that would do a good job removing dead skin around my nose.

On an Ulta trip, I picked up an EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge - Deep Cleansing for $5.99. It's a natural sponge made from Konjac vegetable fiber and exfoliating bamboo charcoal. It's hard in the package but once you get it wet, it becomes a sponge. I love the texture of it. Simply apply your cleanser on top and massage it into your skin. Boscia makes a Konjac cleansing sponge for $18 that I might try out. But for $6 it's a great find. I will probably buy another one.
I also picked up an Earth Therapeutics Far-Reaching Body Brush ($8.99), which has natural bristles. Dry brushing is a practice common in European spas. Look at some of the benefits:
- tones muscles
- stimulates circulation
- removes dead skin cells filled with toxins
- cleanses lymphatic system
- removes cellulite
- tightens skin to prevent premature aging
- helps digestion

Use long, sweeping strokes from your feet upwards, hands to shoulders and torso in an upward direction.
Always brush toward your heart and women should avoid brushing their breasts.

The first time I tried it, it made my skin a little raw but I did notice a lot of skin flaking off. Now I really enjoy doing it, it's a pre-bath or shower ritual that makes me feel good. My skin is softer than it has ever been. I use a sugar scrub one day a week and dry brush all the other days. After I bathe, I massage in an oil and a body cream or lotion to seal it all in. I enjoy dry brushing and highly recommend it.

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