How many of you body brush daily already? Many of you will spend time focusing on cleansing, exfoliating and motorising your face but when was the last time you tended to the skin of the rest of your body? With all the different skin care hypes out there, dry body brushing is often over looked however body brushing is one of the quickest, easiest, most beneficial and cheapest ways to maintain healthy skin and a healthy body!
Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and is responsible for a quarter of the bodies detoxification, eliminating over one pound of waste acids through sweat glads everyday. Our skin receives a third of all the blood circulated in the body but it is the last to receive nutrients in the body, it is however the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency. With all our skin does for us we really should be paying more attention to the whole of our skin and heres several reasons why body brushing can help and why you should start immediately!
- EXFOLIATION AND SKIN RENEWAL: Dry body brushing helps remove dead skin cells as well as encouraging new cell renewal. This results in smoother and brighter looking skin. Its also fab with helping eliminate those annoying ingrown hairs!
- INCREASES CIRCULATION: Dry body brushing increases blood circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, which greatly aids the lymphatic drainage of the entire body. When the body rids itself of toxins, it is able to run more efficiently in all areas.
- REDUCES CELLULITE: Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. Dry body brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite. Dry brushing is also said to help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue. Its also good for muscle tone and tightening the skin!
- ABSORB MORE NUTRIENTS: Dry body brushing helps your skin to absorb more nutrients by eliminating clogged pores and improving circulation.
- ENERGISING: Those of you who sit at a computer screen all day long will particularly benefit from dry body brushing. People who have inactive lifestyles or jobs usually experience stiff and sore necks and shoulders that reach even into their arms and down their spines and into their lower backs. Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed and you will experience an increase in electromagnetic energy that permits you to feel energised and invigorated.
- STRESS RELIEF: Dry body brushing has been described as mediative and can reduce muscle tension , calm your mind and relive stress. It has been compared to a light full body massage.
- STIMULATING LYMPH: The Lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can guid up and make you poorly. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it to release toxins, dry body brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.
How do I do this at home?
All you need to do is purchase a natural bristle brush (not one made from nylon or synthetic materials). One with a long handle that has a removable head with a strap for your hand is also a plus, as it means you can reach all areas of the body.
The directions are pretty simple:
Start on dry skin before bathing its best to do it in the morning as many people find body brushing energising so gets you started for the day ahead.
When brushing, always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back, and stomach. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for this delicate skin), your genitals, or any areas with irritations, abrasions, sunburn, Varicose veins etc. if you are unsure whether Body brushing is suitable for you please check with your GP.
The pressure you apply while brushing your skin should be firm but not painful (avoid “scrubbing”). Your skin can be slightly pink after a session (not red or irritated) and you can brush for as long (or as little) as you’d like. An average dry brushing session may last between two and 20 minutes. once you are happy that you have thoroughly brushed shower or bath away all the dead skin cells and impurities. After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oil, such as almond, jojoba, sesame or coconut. Personally I love coconut oil!
Don’t forget to wash you brush thoroughly after use!
I’d love to hear your feedback of how your getting on with body brushing. It may take a few weeks to notice the benefits so don’t give up if you don’t notice an immediate difference!