Note that anything—anything moist—is a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, and the like. That’s why dry brushes and loofahs foster a haven for opportunistic germs. Constant contact with moisture leaves us unsure if we're slathering germs on skin instead of getting rid of them. Counterproductive bath? Yes.
What to do? Follow these tips to make your Brusybrushes clean for everyday use.
- Try some drops of essential oils
Essential oils are potent oils used to disinfect the skin. Essential oils have different personalities. And it is important to know your purpose—to disinfect your dry brushes. It is then important to choose oils that possess high to medium strength antimicrobial properties. The more potent, the better.
Tea Tree is a good example. It is used for acne treatment to kill bacteria. This oil can also work wonders on clothes and dishes, potent enough to suppress the growth of germs in each of your dry brushes. Just soak your Brusybrushes in water mixed with a few drops of these and you’re good to dry brush all you want.
- Try the soap-and-water drill
Just imagine washing your brush with water. The drill seems and feels incomplete right? Soap is important to help get rid of the impurities. Antimicrobial ingredients in soap like triclocarbon, triclosan, chloroxylenol, sulfur, etc. kill microbes. Washing your brushes with soap and water is important to wash away dead skin in those hard to reach areas. It pays to do this drill after every dry brushing session.
- Try sun and air drying
Consider moisture as the ultimate tequila for germs. Almost anything moist can easily get spoiled, molded, and SMELLY. Exposing your brushes to the sun and allowing air to dry the surface help. UV light is a potent germ buster. 10-15 minutes "sun tanning" surely sterilize brushes. Good as new! Yay!
- Try using combs and the like
Hair, dead skin, and even dust can be left sitting on the spaces between bristles after each dry brushing session. It is important to manually remove any of these. Dead skin and the like can invite germs and odor. Hair can even lessen friction of the brush to your skin. Less friction equals less exfoliation and massage to the skin.
Use a comb to sift through every bristle. Use anything thin and long like a pair of scissors to scrape off the leftover gunk of dead skin hiding in your brushes.
Boom! Your bath ritual is now complete. No worries about contaminating skin further with germs. Now your brushes are squeaky clean like your skin!
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