Okay, so why body brush when you can use an exfoliation product in the shower? Because it is not only beneficial to the skin, but it can also aid the health of the body. I have recently taken up using mine again so thought I’d explain reasons why you should too.
The above shot shows my (rather ancient) body brush, from Elemis but you can find different ones by well-known and, not so well-known brands. You can also purchase rubberised ones if you are super sensitive but, I find natural bristle ones ‘do the job’ well., working better on the skin. Even better, is owning one with a long handle, being easier for hard to reach places, especially if you have chronic pain and find stretch too difficult. Some long handled ones come apart, like mine, which enables you to hold in your hand and alter pressures and strokes, according to your needs.
Skin is the largest organ of the body, so we should take care of it, and not just on our face. It plays a big part in our body’s detoxification and, eliminates around a pound of acid waste through our sweat *yuk!* Dry brushing your skin before a shower, or bath, helps boost the Lymphatic system, the organs that process toxins. The toxins pass through the blood and are then filtered by our Lymph nodes and Kidneys and, exit the body through urine, and sweat from the skin. Toxin build up can cause sluggish systems, tightness of muscles and headaches, hence why I’ve had a word with myself and got back into the ‘dry brush’ routine.
List of Body Brushing (or Skin Brushing) Benefits:
- Sloughs off dry, dead skin cells
- Helps reduce the appearance of cellulite
- Stimulates hormone and oil producing glands
- AIDS the digestive system
- Tones muscles
- Improves blood flow and cleanses the lymphatic system
- Helps to tone skin and delay signs of ageing
- Increase of energy
Use a dry brush before your shower or bath starting from the feet up, using gentle, upward brushing strokes over the skin. **Always go in the direction of the heart** Sweep up the legs then, paying attention to thighs, hips and bottocks, this tends to be where cellulite build up more. Then, up the torso (not the breasts), and back, then across shoulders and downwards on the arms. Once out the shower or bath, apply body butter or lotion, whatever you use. I tend to mix SBC Collagen gel together with Decleor Aroma Confort as its a good dose of plumping moisturisation.
By doing this everyday or, at least 3-4 times a week, it will not only help you rid your body of toxins, you will have lovely skin to boot. That’s a result in my book. Spring is a good idea to start, now that Christmas ‘blow-out’ and winter comfort eating is out the way. Come Summer, you should look and feel better when it’s time to reveal more skin.
I found a good selection of brushes here at Fushi and for reasonables prices too. Get ‘dry brushing’ that bod girls for 30 days and come back and let me know how what you think. xx