What is body brushing: Benefits & How to

what is body brushing

Body brushing, one of the ancient Ayurvedic cleansing techniques, is an amazing beauty trick that has great health and beauty benefits. It costs literally nothing, takes only a few minutes a day, and is so easy to do. In case you’ve never heard about body brushing, let me simply explain what body brushing is and why it should become an essential part of your daily body care routine.

The Benefits of Body Brushing

Healthy, Glowing Skin:

Dry skin brushing helps to remove dead skin cells laying on the top of your skin, eliminate toxins, and unclog your pores. Your skin can breathe easily and absorb the essential nutrients you need. It’s also a good prevention of dry skin because it supports sebum secretion. As a result, you will get a smoother, healthier and more radiant skin.

Detoxify and Cleanse Your Body:

Body brushing stimulates your lymphatic system and increases blood circulation in your body. It helps to remove dead cells and other waste from your body.

Reduce Cellulite:

As a bonus, you can also reduce the appearance of unwanted cellulite! Cellulite is nothing more than fat cell deposits stored under the skin with very poor blood circulation. Regular dry brushing supports an increase blood flow in cellulite areas and loosens up fat cell deposits. How great is that!

Refresh Body and Mind:

Add body brushing into your daily morning routine followed by an alternating hot and cold shower for a while, and you won’t need your morning coffee anymore! You will feel immediately refreshed and ready to tackle your day.

How to Body Brush

Stand up in your bathtub or shower. Take a brush in your hand and start dry brushing your body at your feet working upwards in small circles. Then work from your hands towards your shoulders. Keep brushing for  at about 5 minutes. Aim to brush always towards your heart in the same direction with your lymphatic flow. Be gentle when brushing over sensitive areas. Have a shower after brushing and then apply a natural fruit oil (like coconut oil) on your skin. That’s it!

Body Brushing Tips

  • Use a good quality, natural bristle brush and, avoid synthetic ones because they can scratch your skin badly. A brush with a long handle will help you brush your back more easily.
  • Do not brush too hard. Use a more delicate brush for sensitive areas or brush with less pressure.
  • Brush lightly around cellulite areas.

As you can see, dry skin brushing has many health and beauty benefits, from softer, more beautiful and glowing skin to strengthening your immune system. So what are you waiting for? Let’s body brush! 🙂

Your,

M.

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13 Comments

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    Hello Madeleine, I had never thought of using the brush dry! I have always used it in the shower, but dry really makes more sense. I am glad you give all the facts on how this helps the body. Do you have any idea where I can find a wooden long handled brush? Great review!
    With Kind Regards,
    Linda

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      Hi Linda, thanks a lot! I personally use this dry brush from Amazon and I’m happy with it. You can also check your local health food store or other organic beauty suppliers. Just make sure the brush has natural fibers, not synthetic bristles. Have fun with dry brushing and let me know how it works for you :).

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    This is so interesting! I have never heard of dry brushing before (what world am I living in? lol). I will be trying this for sure! Thank you for all the info 🙂

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