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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.