A sisal brush is a stiff-bristled brush made from fibers from the sisal plant. It may also be referred to as a Japanese-style sisal brush. Typically, this type of brush has a long wooden handle with a string at one end for hanging, and the brush portion at the other end. It is used to scrub and massage places on the body that are difficult to reach, such as the back.
A sisal brush may also be designed with a long, flat brush portion in the middle, along with two rope handles at each end. This design allows it to be scrubbed across the body in a see-sawing motion. Either brush design can be effective. This type of natural fiber brush is used for deep exfoliation and massage of the skin, and it is frequently used dry. This type of rough exfoliation may take some getting used to, but it is a good way to slough off dead skin and reveal fresher, softer skin underneath.
A sisal brush may also be used wet, in the shower, for slightly more gentle exfoliation. Whether the brush is used wet or dry, it is best to begin with a gentle scrubbing until the skin becomes more used to the exfoliation of the sisal bristles, and then more pressure can be applied for a deeper exfoliating massage. The brush does not only need to be used on the back; it may be used on other rough places, such as the knees or feet, or even all over the body for a full-body exfoliating treatment. It should not be used on more sensitive areas like the face.
Because the sisal brush may also be able to improve circulation, some recommend always brushing in a circular motion, toward the heart. One may use this type of brush every day, once a week, or as needed; any use can provide skin benefits. These brushes may be purchased in varying textures, and it may be a good idea to start with a softer textured brush, and slowly move up to a medium or hard bristled brush over time.
These brushes may be found online or in the bath section of most stores. For more gentle, daily use for cleansing, one may choose a back brush with a loofah or sponge attached, rather than a sisal brush. Another option is to visit a salon that offers massaging treatments with this type of brush. A massage therapist will be able to effectively exfoliate areas that are difficult to reach, while allowing the client to relax and enjoy the massage.