Taking a bath should be a relaxing and refreshing experience for everyone and never a struggle.
But, when you’re not flexible enough nor gifted with double joints, reaching your back to give it equal amounts of TLC that you’re giving your body can be such a sweat-inducing task.
Perhaps you’re still using regular scrubbing mitts, a short loofah from the dollar store or that mesh loofah you got as a freebie when you bought your body wash, while this works well for your body, it may be a struggle to use it on your back.
It’s about time to replace your fave bath time tool with something more back-friendly – with the help of the best back scrubbers!
These scrubbers come in different forms: Bristles with a long handle (can be natural or synthetic), loofah (plant-based) with a handle, stretchy cloth-like material, mesh towel, double sided scrubber/massager, even a hands-free one!
I reviewed the best loofah back scrubber and brush back scrubbers available in the market down below to make things easier for you (Got your back, amigo! Literally!).
So, check them out!
- Best Back Scrubbers and Brushes
- A Closer Look at Back Scrubbers
- Putting It All Together
Best Back Scrubbers and Brushes
A Closer Look at Back Scrubbers
Benefits of Back Scrubbing
There is some truth to the adage “out of sight, out of mind”, being unreachable and hard to see, it’s easy to understand why our backs can easily be neglected.
For some people, the only time they start worrying about how their backs look like is when they need to wear something revealing (like a backless dress, halter tops or swimsuits) and only then do they find out they have bacne or dark spots caused by it.
Scrubbing your back 3-4 times a week offers a lot of benefits other than being thoroughly clean, like:
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells and deeply seated dirt found on the surface of our skin.
Using back scrubbers can ensure that your back is exfoliated evenly and thoroughly, revealing a fresher, brighter and smoother layer of skin immediately after washing.
Minimizes Bacne, Blackheads, Ingrown Hair Bumps and Dark Marks
Since back scrubbing can exfoliate the skin, it removes sebum, dirt and dead skin cells that may clog pores and cause pimples, blackheads and ingrown hair bumps.
Scrubbing every other day not only minimizes the occurrence of bacne and blackheads but also lightens old acne spots leading to a flawlessly smooth, display-worthy back.
Improves The Appearance of Cellulite
Who would’ve thought that a simple back scrubber can actually do this? Amazing isn’t it?
As scrubbing stimulates blood flow, it also can also help in draining your lymph nodes of toxins and waste leading to a smoother, more even skin.
Improves Blood Circulation
That friction created through scrubbing stimulates and opens up your capillaries (those little blood vessels near the surface of your skin) allowing blood to flow in.
Blood contains vital nutrients and even oxygen that our skin cells need to repair itself and regenerate and so having good blood circulation ensures your skin is nourished from within giving you that healthy, youthful glow.
Qualities of a Good Back Scrubber
How much is your budget? How long do you plan to use it before replacement?
These are just some of the important questions you should ask yourself before deciding on which back scrubber to buy.
There are lots of cheap back scrubbers out there some are really good while some are made out of cheap materials that won’t even last a week (hey, you get what you pay for) and then there are some pricier ones that are really top-notch quality.
The reviews above should help you to choose wisely.
Length (or Size in General!)
Whether we’re talking about handle length (for brushes) or the total length of mesh/band type back scrubbers, we want it to be long. Long enough to reach all the corners of our back with minimal effort.
15-17 inches handle length is the best for back brushes, while 30 inches is a good length for mesh/band type scrubbers.
Dual Textured or Multipurpose
Some days, you just need gentle cleansing and on other days you need a more vigorous cleanse. Why buy two different products when you can buy 1 with both textures?
I’m a sucker for dual textured or multipurpose products and I tend to gravitate towards such products because it feels like I’m saving money doing so (cheapskate alert – don’t hate me)!
Natural materials such as bamboo, boar, etc. are good for the environment but only several are built to last.
Wood brushes do last long, but only if you’re ok to use a moldy, gross brush. Yes, that’s the reality of it.
I’m a fan of body brushes, but if there’s one thing I hate about it – it can get moldy real quick.
Have a spare one just in case or just get the band type such as the Supracor or Voda Reve – those are built to last and super hygienic.
A Rope, Ribbon or a Hole for Storage and Drying Purposes
While most scrubbers have either one, there are some that don’t. Back scrubbers require to be air-dried, so this feature really comes in handy.
Plus, who wants to add to the bathroom clutter? No one! Hanging your bath essentials is one way to save on counter space.
Make it a habit to look closely before hitting that purchase button!
Bonus: Anti-Microbial Properties
No one wants to use a moldy, funky-smelling scrubber. Splurge a little and get one with anti-microbial properties.
You’ll save a lot in the long run as you don’t have to keep buying a new one when things start looking (and smelling!) gross.
Q: How Do You Exfoliate Your Back?
A: Most of us are not gifted with flexible arms, thus, using a good back brush or back scrubber loofah is a big help in making sure that our back is thoroughly exfoliated along with the rest of our face and body.
For extra exfoliating powers, you may also use a salt scrub with your fave back brush.
I personally love the brand Abonne. It leaves my skin baby soft and smooth at a pocket-friendly price!
Q: How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Back?
A: As much as we want to feel totally clean and exfoliate daily, we can’t do that.
Exfoliating, when done excessively, can cause your skin more harm than good. It can cause redness, increased sensitivity and even tiny tears or scrapes on your skin.
Exfoliate 3-4 times a week. That means, you can exfoliate every other day but never consecutively.
Q: Does Scrubbing Your Back Help With Acne?
A: It does help but only to a certain extent. Acne is commonly caused by clogged pores which can easily be avoided through exfoliation and thorough cleansing.
Back scrubbers can help minimize the appearance of new bacne but not cure the existing ones. For existing bacne, you may need to replace your regular soap with a medicated body soap or wash.
Choose one that contains any of the following: Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil and AHA.
A good one is Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap, paired with your back scrubber, you can soon “bring your sexy back” – JT (like literally!)
Q: How Do You Wash A Back Scrubber?
A: It depends on what type of scrubber you have.
Soft ones, mostly made with loofah, cotton and some sort of mesh materials can easily be thrown in the washer for cleaning.
Those that come with a handle can only be rinsed thoroughly with water. You can’t even sterilize them with hot water as it may affect the quality of the brush.
With that being said, the soft, stretchy ones are much easier to clean and if they come with anti-microbial properties (like the Supracor Stimulite mentioned above), then it’s a sure winner!
Q: What’s The Best Electric Back Scrubber In The Market?
A: Whether you have poor muscle control or just feeling fancy and wanted a very extra back scrubber, Innerneed’s Waterproof Electric Body and Facial Cleansing Brush is a good choice.
Putting It All Together
The best back scrubbers are like a detox for your back, it offers a lot of benefits other than just cleansing.
It’s about time that you treat your back fairly and give it the same care that you would for your face and body.
Try my recommendations above and see and feel the difference it makes. Have you tried any of my recommended products? Let us know about your experience and help other women make a smart choice when choosing a back scrubber.
Got some cool products you’d like me to try? Drop me a line and I’ll feature it on my next blog.
Always remember, I got your back girl!