Benefits of Body Brushing
October 1, 2000
Did you know that on average your skin naturally renews itself every 28 days, but this process slows down as you age. Dead cells build up, making your skin look dull and feel rough. Regular body brushing gives your skin a polished finish and increases circulation, which will hopefully decrease cellulite. Body brushing will eliminate as much as one third of your body’s wastes. Dry skin brushing also offers your body the same stimulation as a good massage or 20 minutes exercise (although don’t think a good hour walk or 20 minute run is the same). Before you shower, use a soft-bristled brush and work over your body (but don’t do your face) using long, sweeping movements. Start at the soles of your feet and work up to your legs. Then work on your arms and torso, brushing up towards your heart. Work over your abdomen in clockwise strokes. Start with gentle pressure and as your skin becomes used to the sensation, increase the pressure. When you finish brushing, take a warm shower and then smooth moisturiser (read our article on hydration) all over your body. As a result of the body’s purification process you may find the odd pimple appearing on your skin where you have brushed. One tip you should remember is that if you do dry skin brush every day then take a week’s break every month so your body doesn’t get too used to the treatment. Always wash the brush in warm soapy water once a month to remove any dead skin cells and impurities. If you suffer from very sensitive skin than use a towel instead? it will be gentler on your skin.