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Cheap and Easy: An Affordable Way to Exfoliate

The cheapskate in me has been inspired by an Ayurvedic spa treatment I recently had. Before beginning the massage, my esthetician used a stiff brush to briskly go over my dry skin. Not only did it exfoliate dead skin cells, it also increased circulation, and the herbal oil she used left me feeling luxuriously moisturized.

I was so impressed by how good the dry skin brushing felt that I've pulled a MacGyver and have started doing something similar at home. Before stepping into the shower, I gently buff my body with the rough side of a regular kitchen sponge. You can buy these patterned O-Cel-O sponges at your local drugstore for about a dollar, and as long as you use a light touch, you'll be able to get rid of dead skin. They're too rough for your face, so don't think about using this on your complexion; instead, use it on feet, elbows and any other tough, rough skin. After the shower, follow with moisturizer and you'll have the "aah" of the spa—without the "eek" of a high price tag.

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actorgirl21 actorgirl21 8 years
I'm an esthetician and dry brushing is great. We use it in all of our body treatments. The kitchen pad is a good idea but you can actually get a dry brush at your local drug store for around the same price. I just bought a bunch for the salon for 99 cents at a walmart! Just look for natural bristle shower brush in the cosmetics section.
mdbzmom mdbzmom 8 years
Thanks Trace Face I definately want to try that!
jadoremondieu jadoremondieu 8 years
great advice. i have a Body Shop dry body brush with a long wooden handle that allows me to dry brush my back, too. it's great ... there's nothing like a good scrubbing!
lovealways lovealways 8 years
I may just have to try this - my elbows are so rough!
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
I seriously would never have thought of this ... but I just may give it a try! I LOVE alternate uses and being frugal!!
ali582 ali582 8 years
nice
ali582 ali582 8 years
nice
Scarlet Scarlet 8 years
Wow, that sounds actually, kind of, fun.
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 8 years
Cool! I love these inexpensive tips! One of my faves comes from Grandma (you survive the great depression, you learn to use some cheap beauty fixes- right?) Anyway, she makes a paste in the palm of her hand with warm water and baking soda, applies it gently to the face in circular motions to exfoliate; Rinse with Cold water, do not dry- glowy complexion will result!
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 8 years
Cool! I love these inexpensive tips! One of my faves comes from Grandma (you survive the great depression, you learn to use some cheap beauty fixes- right?) Anyway, she makes a paste in the palm of her hand with warm water and baking soda, applies it gently to the face in circular motions to exfoliate; Rinse with Cold water, do not dry- glowy complexion will result!
diorbaby diorbaby 8 years
thanks for the tip! I will go by some sponges on the way home!
trace-face62028 trace-face62028 8 years
^ mdbzmom... it may have been me, I mentioned it on here not too long ago (I think it was posted on an article about reducing cellulite because that is one of the benefits it had for me) Dry brushing is AWESOME. The sponge really can't compare. You need to use a brush with soft, natural bristles or else it will be too abrasive and not do what it's supposed to do - gently remove dead skin and improve circulation.. I guess I would probably use a sponge on my heels or where I have really dry skin, because sometimes the pumice stone is too hard.. but I don't think I'd use a dish sponge for a body scrubber. Dry brushing all the way! They're not that expensive, Bella.. so cheapskates need not worry! :) Check Wal-Mart. But MAKE SURE THEY ARE NATURAL BRISTLES, NOT SYNTHETIC!! Then take a warm shower, try to not use a lot of drying soaps or bodywashes. The brush took a lot of the dead skin and dirt with it. When you get out, use all natural products if possible, because your pores are really open and you'll absorb a lot of what you put on. Try to use an oil blend if you can. (I usually use either apricot kernel oil, with some other essential oils that stimulate circulation as well...) and then just relax with your awesome, glowy skin. :D
trace-face62028 trace-face62028 8 years
^ mdbzmom... it may have been me, I mentioned it on here not too long ago (I think it was posted on an article about reducing cellulite because that is one of the benefits it had for me)Dry brushing is AWESOME. The sponge really can't compare. You need to use a brush with soft, natural bristles or else it will be too abrasive and not do what it's supposed to do - gently remove dead skin and improve circulation.. I guess I would probably use a sponge on my heels or where I have really dry skin, because sometimes the pumice stone is too hard.. but I don't think I'd use a dish sponge for a body scrubber. Dry brushing all the way! They're not that expensive, Bella.. so cheapskates need not worry! :) Check Wal-Mart. But MAKE SURE THEY ARE NATURAL BRISTLES, NOT SYNTHETIC!! Then take a warm shower, try to not use a lot of drying soaps or bodywashes. The brush took a lot of the dead skin and dirt with it. When you get out, use all natural products if possible, because your pores are really open and you'll absorb a lot of what you put on. Try to use an oil blend if you can. (I usually use either apricot kernel oil, with some other essential oils that stimulate circulation as well...) and then just relax with your awesome, glowy skin. :D
mnp mnp 8 years
I think the hairbrush is a better idea (RobinFabulous' idea). Besides, you can never clean a sponge well enough to prevent it from harboring bacteria.
mdbzmom mdbzmom 8 years
I read someone mention dry-brushing on here and i looked it up. It sounds wonderful. I will definately try this alternative
Emiily Emiily 8 years
I'd like to gently use it on my face, and my arms and bony areas like my hip bones & back. Great idea :)
Emiily Emiily 8 years
I'd like to gently use it on my face, and my arms and bony areas like my hip bones & back. Great idea :)
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 8 years
I wonder if a soft child's hairbrush might be a better alternative. Those run around $1 and I dunno the harsh side of a sponge just scares me a little
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Great idea! The cheapskate in me appreciates this one!
AlliJean AlliJean 8 years
I've used those Buff Puff's before. A little harsh for the face (I was young, I didn't know better), but they are good for the body. The downside is they aren't as big as these sponges. However, unlike these sponges they were designed to be used on skin, not dishware.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 8 years
Nice work Bella, I will totally have to try this- besides, I have been meaning to pick up a package of scrubbing sponges anyway :)
sofi sofi 8 years
Does anyone remember Buff Puff? I think I used it as a teenager (there I go aging myself again) but I actually saw it in the supermarket the other day and was tempted. It was 1/2 off. I don't think I would use it on my face, but as a body buffer? Anyone actually use it?
vienvien vienvien 8 years
I don't think I would try this...it scares me to use abrasives on my body other than sugar scrub or oatmeal scrub
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Not a bad idea. Yay for being cheap!
la-vita-bella la-vita-bella 8 years
the patterns are so cheesy looking though!
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