• Why now is a great time to start body brushing

    May 26, 2021 • BEAUTY

    Body brushing (or dry brushing as some call it) is a much loved practice known to physically remove dead skin and improve the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins through the pores. It is a great practice to start in cooler, dryer weather, as it helps remove flaky, scaley, winter skin. But how do you do it and is it for everybody? Read on to find out.

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    What are the benefits of body brushing?

    Body brushing has been around for centuries and is believed to have many anecdotal health benefits, including:

    • stimulating the lymphatic system
    • exfoliating the skin
    • helping to body rid itself of toxins
    • stimulating blood flow
    • increase circulation and energy

    Some claim that body brushing will also get rid of cellulite, but there is no scientific evidence to suggest that it actually does. What you may see, however, is a temporary plumping up of the skin from increased blood circulation. Cellulite is common and normal – embrace it!

    How do I body brush?

    First of all, go easy on yourself – you’re not scrubbing pots and pans! It’s important to be gentle so you’re not red and scratched afterwards.

    Using a natural bristle brush, like those available here, start from your feet and work your way up your legs in long, fluid strokes. When it comes to your abdomen, breasts, neck and back, focus on gentler circular motions. Do your arms last, brushing upwards towards your armpits in long, fluid strokes. Avoid the face.

    You don’t want to go over one area too much – a few overlapping strokes is enough.

    Body brushing can be done up to once a day, but most people prefer 2-3 times a week. Shower immediately afterward, using a natural body wash or soap, followed by a natural body moisturiser. Avoid any other forms of body exfoliation on days you body brush.

    What brush should I use?

    A body brush that has been ethically made from sustainably sourced timber and natural fiber bristles is recommended.

    They come in many shapes and sizes. Some prefer body brushes with long handles as they help with difficult to reach areas, while others prefer the those with ergonomic short handles.

    How to look after your body brush

    Once a week, clean your brush using natural soap (like castile soap) and water, and dry it in an open, sunny area to prevent mildew. To prevent the risk of infection, do not share your brush with anyone.

    Who shouldn’t try body brushing?

    For dry body brushing to be effective, the bristles of the brush should be quite firm, which could pose a problem for those with sensitive skin.

    If you have broken or inflamed skin, including eczema or psoriasis, avoid brushing over the inflamed area. You should also avoid brushing over any cuts, wounds, rashes, infections, moles, warts or other bumps.