Some people are really great at using Facebook to poll their friends about, well, everything. I am not, sadly, but I aim to work on it! A friend of mine recently asked if anybody knew anything about dry brushing. A few people remarked that they didn’t but were interested in following the thread. Others said they were avid fans. I bought my first dry brush about a year ago after a blogger I followed raved about it. Initially I was dry brushing my whole body before showering as instructed. Eventually, probably due to laziness, I stopped doing it before every shower, but I continued using it on my legs before shaving. I have sensitive skin, so priming my legs before shaving is a necessity. The dry brush was a great exfoliant – fast and easy. I soon combined it with a scrub in the shower, which I’ve long been a fan of, and now I’ve got my routine down. Here are my tips, tricks, and product recommendations for exfoliating sensitive skin for shaving…
Before I get in the shower, I use the dry brush on my legs (just calves or whole leg depending on how much I plan to shave). I’ve always heard you should work your way from bottom to top when scrubbing your legs and that you should use small circular motions, so that’s what I do. Once I’m in the shower, I like using a body scrub. My absolute favorite is this Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Body Scrub. I like it for a few reasons. First, it works. The scrubbers are intensive and my skin is always fully exfoliated when using it. I also love that it leaves my skin moisturized. I assume it’s the coconut oil, but it might be a combination of the ingredients. I also love that it uses all natural ingredients – primarily because it dissolves easily into the shower water and doesn’t leave any residue in my shower like other scrubs tend to. The great smell, not floral at all, is lovely too.
After my two exfoliating steps, I’m pretty set to go, but I do think it’s important to use a razor with a moisturizing strip. I never really thought they did much, but after testing out a razor recently that didn’t have one, I have a new respect for the moisture strip. And I use men’s razors exclusively – they’re so much better. I’m currently using the Schick Hydro 5 for Sensitive Skin. And, of course, you can’t forget to put lotion on after you get out of the shower. Keeping your skin moisturized is essential for preventing dry skin and, therefore, making shaving sensitive skin more difficult. I love Jergens. I use the Shea Butter Lotion and the Natural Glow (fair to medium) – a fuss-free tanning lotion – fairly exclusively.
Have you ever tried dry brushing and/or body scrubs?