Wood Vs. Plastic Bath Brush

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  • Introduction

    Wood Vs. Plastic Bath Brush

    A bath brush aids in scrubbing tough-to-reach spots. It can also help improve circulation by stimulating the skin. All sizes, shapes, and colours are available, but should you choose a plastic or wood one? Here are some bath brush considerations.

    Both plastic and wood bath brushes are available for scrubbing your body. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Link Back to Our Page)

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    You can recycle both plastic and wood bath brushes. The Body Shop sells a recyclable plastic bath brush and encourages recycling after use. The store also offers a wood bath brush made from Forest Stewardship Council plywood, meaning "the wood comes from well-managed forests." Making a wood bath brush is a more natural process and doesn't leave as large of a carbon footprint as manufacturing a plastic one.

    You can recycle both wood and plastic bath brushes. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of woodley wonderworks)

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    Plastic and wood bath brushes do the same job and in general are equally effective. Some aestheticians, however, claim that natural bristles are softer, more gentle, and do a better job of smoothing the skin.

    Plastic and wood bath brushes seem to be equally effective. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dennis Wong)

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    The cost range of small plastic and wood bath brushes is about £3 to £6. Plastic bath brushes in novelty sizes, shapes, and colours tend to be more expensive (for example, AllegroMedical sells a plastic curved bath brush for £107). Bed Bath & Beyond sells both plastic and wood bath brushes for £5.10.

    Most bath brushes range from £3 to £6. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of viZZZual.com)

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    Over time, wood can splinter and warp when exposed to continuous moisture--but plastic is susceptible to mildew. According to Lily Gulch Soaps, natural sisal brushes are good at exfoliation but need "fluffing" with a fine-tooth comb to help the bristles last longer (for years). Plastic bath brush handles can also shatter if dropped.

    Mildew and shattering are two bath brush considerations. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Andre Chinn)

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    Body Brushing

    Body brushing, which helps stimulate circulation and improve the skin's appearance, requires a long-handled bath brush. Many aestheticians recommend wood bath brushes with natural bristles for gentler body brushing.

    Long-handled bath brushes are necessary for body brushing. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of hobvias sudoneighm)

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    Warnings and Tips

    When you use a bath brush, don't scrub your skin too vigorously. Hang up your bath brush to dry completely instead of letting it sit in standing tub/shower water. Mildew-resistant and shatterproof bath brushes are available.

    Always hang up your bath brush to dry completely. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt)

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