This little inexpensive tool might just be your face's new best friend. Available in drug stores, pharmacists, and other places where personal care items can be bought, this simple, soft-bristle face brush is a bit of a miracle worker.
I've used a face brush off and on through the years, and every time I get back to it, I am equally thrilled with the results and wonder why I ever stopped using it.
New, But Not
I finally figured out why.
It's all because of one very important fact that simply cannot be ignored.
To function optimally, a face brush needs cleaning after each use. I clean mine with pure soap and lots of running water, and it takes under a minute to do when the cleanser is water based.
The I-Can't-Be-Bothered Factor
But imagine, if you will, a face brush coated with a fat-and-clay based cleanser.
That takes longer than a minute to clean.
One simply cannot disregard the 'I-can't-be-bothered-factor' when it comes to skin care.
Paired with a mild, soap-free cleanser and a few minutes (literally), you can gently and efficiently exfoliate, stimulate circulation, firm, and tone your skin – all by yourself.
Using a Face Brush
Your skin will feel like you've just had a pricey facial done and will reward you with a healthy glow.
Step 1Wet your face and apply a thin layer of cleanser to your face and neck.
Wet the brush and gently massage your face with small circular movements (always upwards and outwards).
Start by working across the forehead.
Move to cheek area and work upwards towards the hairline.
Move to neck, working towards jawline.
Finish along the jawline starting from the chin and working towards each ear.
Rinse and wash the brush and rinse your face.
Apply your favorite skin tonic or mist.
Step 4 (optional, but fabulous)
Finish with a face oil and/or moisturizer.
If your brush has (the all-important) super soft bristles and you use a mild soap-free cleanser, you can use his method once daily for a period of 3 weeks. Rest a week, then resume. I typically use mine in the evenings because my evening cleanser doubles as a moisturizing mask that is left on for a few extra minutes.
My face brush is from the Danish drug store chain called Matas (and can be found here). I have seen face brushes from other companies (Body Shop comes to mind) which look equally effective.
Finding The Right Brush
It doesn't matter whether or not your brush has a handle or fits into the palm of your hand, or whether it has natural or synthetic bristles. The all-important factor is that the bristles are soft and not scratchy in any way.