Wednesday, April 30, 2014

DIY Spa Treatment - Brush Your Face


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.



New, But Not

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.

I finally figured out why.

It's all because of one very important fact that simply cannot be ignored.

Laziness.


The I-Can't-Be-Bothered Factor

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.

But imagine, if you will, a face brush coated with a fat-and-clay based cleanser.

That takes longer than a minute to clean.

Every time I use a fat or oil-based cleanser (which is quite often), my face brush quietly migrates to the back of the cupboard and stays there until a gel-based cleanser reappears.

One simply cannot disregard the 'I-can't-be-bothered-factor' when it comes to skin care.


Using a Face Brush

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.

Your skin will feel like you've just had a pricey facial done and will reward you with a healthy glow.

Here's how.

Step 1

Wet your face and apply a thin layer of cleanser to your face and neck.


Step 2

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.


Step 3

Rinse and wash the brush and rinse your face.


Step 4 (optional, but fabulous)

Apply your favorite skin tonic or mist.


Step 5

Finish with a face oil and/or moisturizer.



How Often? 

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.


Finding The Right Brush

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.

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.

6 comments:

Anna-Vera said...

would it work with honey as a cleanser?

Lise M Andersen said...

HI Anna-Vera - yes - honey dissolves in water, so it will rinse out of the brush easily. :)

MITCH said...

thanks for sharing this tip! I don't have brush face, but I do exfoliate my skin every week :D

Alex Ramirez said...

Hi Lise!
I've just returned to dry brushing my body, and I LOVE it! I recently purchased a face brush and started wondering about dry brushing my face. Considering that the bristles on my face brush (similar to the one pictured) are so much softer than my body brush, I figured with minimum pressure dry brushing my face would be ok. What do you think?

Alex Ramirez said...

Hi Lise!
I've just returned to dry brushing my body, and I LOVE it! I recently purchased a face brush and started wondering about dry brushing my face. Considering that the bristles on my face brush (similar to the one pictured) are so much softer than my body brush, I figured with minimum pressure dry brushing my face would be ok. What do you think?

Lise M Andersen said...

Hey there Alex - welcome to the dry-brushing club! As for dry brushing the face - I must admit I've never tried this and perhaps haven't been tempted to because of the way the skin is 'pulled' when dry brushed. On the other hand, if you go about it gently enough, I don't see why not. Do drop a comment if you decide to give it a try and let me know how it works for you, ok?