I can't help but love exfoliating. It is the only thing that really leaves my skin feeling like I want it to, which is fresh, soft and renewed. I am a fan of acid peels and exfoliating toners but sometimes I just want to get involved and have a good old buff-up. But saying that, I don't want to rely too heavily on body scrubs (as much as I love them) because I am aware they can end up just tearing at the skins delicate surface if used too often.
I watched a BBC programme not that long ago which was all about debunking some of the most popular beauty myths and misconceptions - like whether or not the fancy-pants beauty and skincare products (and by that I mean expensive) work better than those which are understated and cost less.
I think it was three or so women tried a fancy body scrub on their 'wobbly bits' and others tried a simple body brush to see which had the most effect. Turns out, the regular body-brushing delivered the most noticeable results and showed visible signs of smoother skin on areas which were prone to dimples and cellulite.
So, I decided to give it a go myself! One of the main benefits I've found of using a body brush - like this one I purchased by Eco-Tools - is that you can use it dry, so you can incorporate it into your daily routine in the morning or evening when you're getting dressed.
I've been keeping it in sight on top of my unit where I keep everything else so I remember to use it each day on areas where I see the most dimples and cellulite, like the back and sides of my thighs and this is where I'll be able to see any differences or changes - I have tried to use it wet just out of curiosity, but it causes the brush to become softer which I think defeats the purpose, so I'll be sticking to using it dry for maximum effect!
Why I chose Eco-Tools
The main purpose of a dry brush like this is so exfoliate and smooth the skin, but I chose Eco-Tools because it's designed specifically for dry skin, it's cruelty free and vegan and the materials are eco-friendly bamboo and synthetic bristles.
So, when you exfoliate the surface of your skin, it stimulates blood flow and helps bring the skin to life, which I think is something your skin can really benefit from at least every once in a while and that's what buffing it in this way achieves. At first, it's a bit like 'owwieee' because the bristles feel tough, but once you've had a few goes you either get used to it or the brushes have become softer.
I don't think I am quite ready to whack my legs out on show across the the internet just yet, so for now you'll just have to take my word for it on the results I've seen.
So, after buffing my legs in a circular motion with this on each leg/thigh (and sometimes upper arms) for 1-2 minutes each day for the past month I'm happy to say I've seen a visible improvement in the appearance of my thighs. I've been doing a tester which is sitting on the floor with my legs tucked underneath me (which is where I see most dimples) and also just standing up normally, eyeing myself up in the mirror to notice any changes. This also helps me to see any other areas which I think might need some attention! The skin looks really rejuvenated and you know sometimes your legs have that weird veiny thing going on, well this helps diminish the signs of that.
I don't want to go OTT and aggravate my poor skin or cause any unwanted reactions so I'll stick to couple of minutes maximum each day (I may a skip a day here and here going forward, but as I want to see results sooner rather than later, I'll make every effort to stick to a daily routine with it and see what are hopefully long-lasting results.
This post is best served with a generous helping of self-care, so don't forget to use a generous helping of moisturiser afterwards as your skin may feel quite sensitive or tender, I'd recommend Palmer's Coconut Butter or anything with Rose as this will help to soothe and calm the skin.