Body Brushing Benefits

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If you have been to the health and beauty spas recently, you must have noticed that dry body brushing is among the favorite services on the menu. This service is what its name infers and involves using a dry natural bristle brush to brush your skin gently. This process is usually done before taking a bath, and proponents claim it has several merits that range from improved circulation to cellulite elimination and anti-aging.

If you are familiar with skin exfoliation techniques, then the health benefits dry brushing brings should not sound far-fetched. However, your results will depend on some factors including the brush and method you use. Here is a brief look at the benefits of body brushing including the technique and type of brush to apply.spa

What is dry body brushing? (The method)

As aforementioned, dry body brushing involves using a soft bristle brush to exfoliate your skin and remove the dead cells gently. It is done before you hit the shower and uses both circular and vertical motions. Before body brushing you should be well hydrated, this way you’ll help the process. When brushing, it is advisable to start from the leg up scrubbing your toes and ankles first before moving to the pin, knees and thigh region. Below is the step-by-step method used in dry brushing:

1) Use long gentle strokes to brush the toes, ankle, and leg. Once this is done, proceed to the thigh and waist up.
2) Skipping your mid-region, move to the hands and brush towards your chest area. Repeat the process for your back, sweep from bottom to top. Do not forget to pass the brush under your armpits.
3) Finish with your stomach and abdomen using gentle circular motions.

 

When the body is brushing for the first time, it is advisable to use gentle pressure. Do not scrub too hard as this may irritate and bruise your skin. You can increase the strength as you get more comfortable with dry brushing. As a general rule of thumb, you should brush every skin surface about seven times before moving to another. Brush towards the chest section where the lymph drains.

A separate softer and smaller brush should be used for the face as it is more delicate than the rest of the body.

What brush should I use?

Dry body brushing is a fast way to rejuvenate your skin appearance every morning quickly. The process is effortless if you pick the right brush. There are several picks in the market, but not all of them are reliable. Beginners should stick to soft bristle brushes before moving to stiffer options. Not all body brushes sold in the market will meet your unique needs. It is vital to purchase natural bristle brushes that are suitable for your skin.

Avoid offers made of nylon and synthetic fibers as they can be irritating to the skin. Synthetic brushes are also made of harmful chemicals that may cause allergic reactions and irritations. When shopping for a body brush, make sure you pick a chemical-free option. I use this brand. You should also choose a brush with a handle long enough to reach your back and scrub each part evenly.

Have a different brush for your face. It should be shorter with softer bristles. You can always find a set that comes with a face brush and two body brushes. Most collections include brushes with different firmness and handle lengths. Make sure you wash your brush regularly to remove dead cells and replace it every 6-12 months or when the bristles look worn out.brushes

 

Body brushing health benefits

The benefits body brushing brings quite obvious and straightforward. Exfoliation is an old technique that has been used for rejuvenating skin properties for ages. Body brushing removes the dead cells, oils, and dirt that clog up skin pores, leaving it clean and healthy. Clogged pores can prevent you from absorbing nutrients and also interfere with the natural detoxification process.

Brushing does not only improve blood circulation but also aids lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system consists of nodes, vessels, and organs that work together to drain away toxins from the blood and pass them out as waste. Most nodes and endings run just beneath the skin and brushing has been shown to improve natural lymph drainage.

Anti-aging is another benefit of skin exfoliation. Removing dead cells and clearing clogged pores promotes the renewal of skin cells resulting in a younger softer appearance. With increased blood supply, nutrient absorption and more youthful skin, body brushing have several secondary benefits ranging from energy boost to self-confidence.massage

 

Body brushing and cellulite

Body brush cellulite removal is perhaps one of the significant benefits attributed to the process. While it lacks enough scientific backing and explanation, many participants have experienced a significant reduction in cellulite appearance after they settled into a body brushing routine. One way to reduce or eliminate cellulite is to increase blood and nutrient supply to the skin, which does not only make the skin healthier and stronger against infections but also improves its firmness.

Cellulite is usually accumulated by the fat cells. Body brushing aids lymphatic drainage which helps to eliminate metabolic waste, that results in optimal body functioning that includes improved fat metabolism.

Opening clogged pores also improve skin health and facilitate the reduction of cellulite. Body brushing is, therefore, one of the quick ways to keep cellulite appearance at bay. Nonetheless, brushing is no cure for cellulite and dermatologists only recommend it as a method to complement other known remedies.

 

Conclusion

The benefits of body brushing cannot be overstated. This technique is a natural way to get rid of dirt and promote healthy skin. However, you will only achieve these benefits if you choose the right brushes and use the proper technique. Skin exfoliation will not only improve good health but also make you look younger and brighter, this, in turn, increases confidence, self-esteem, and energy.

When shopping for body brushing kits, make sure you pick options from reliable brands and distributors, this will protect you from cheap quality chemical-laden brushes that are more harmful than helpful.

Body brushing is best done in the morning before taking a shower because it’s an energizing process. You can use a moisturizer to help restore your natural softness.

I hope you found this post useful to you. If you have any question, please leave a comment below, and I’ll be more than happy to help you.

Marta

 

 

12 thoughts on “Body Brushing Benefits

  1. Very informative post, thank you. I didn’t know we can brush our body to exfoliate and also for better blood circulation. I thought this is only done in beauty spas.
    Anyway, I will definitely try this.

    But how often should one do this for better results? Is it everyday before taking a shower? Or can we do this only once or twice a week?

    1. Hi Alice,

      I do it three Times a week.  Some people do it daily. But I think three times a week is enough for seeing better results.

      Thank you for your question:)

      Greetings,

      Marta

  2. My wife always tries very hard to find some kind of cream or cleanser to help her exfoliate the skin on her face. One day, I asked her, “so how do you exfoliate for your whole body?”. She replied, “you don’t, our clothes cover it up anyway”.

    Now, I can boldly tell her it is not true, because you can have a high quality brush do the work without constantly purchasing new creams. It sounds healthier too without the chemicals.

    I didn’t know that you need two different brushes for the face and body. It only makes sense because the face is a lot of more sensitive. How do you maintain these brushes by the way?

    1. Hi Win Bill,

      Thank you for taking time to comment on my article. These brushes are precious. I use them and see how my skin is cleaner and softer.

      You need a different brush for the face because its skin is more sensitive. You can see the different brushes on the Bodecare website if you want to take a look at them.

      It’s critical for you to choose chemicals free brushes. For the moment I know only Bodecare as the best brand.

      Anyway, after body brushing, you’ll need to use jojoba oil or almond oil, or whatever you like for your skin. Anything you ’ll use should be bio.

      After body brushing, I wash the brushes with an eco soap and hang them in the bathroom somewhere near the window. I also use the tea tree oil on them before brushing my body, because it’s an antibacterial.

      Hope to have been helpful to you.

      If you still have any doubts,

      Please ask me for whatever you need to know:)

      Greetings,

      Marta

  3. Hi Marta,

    To be honest, I have never heard the term ‘dry’ brushing but it does make sense. I like how you give step by step instructions on how to do this.The video is a great added touch.

    I can just imagine it now: brushing, showering and then following with a moisturizer. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Mary Ann, you’re welcome! I suppose the term “dry” is used to specify that to brush the skin, both the skin and the brush must be dry to get the right result:)

  4. Hi Marta,

    Thanks for sharing. I would like to try this body brushing. This is a good method to exfoliate the skin and make our skin look healthier. Usually i only do exfoliation on my face and never do it on my body. But do we need to do it everyday? Or how often do we need to do it? Thanks.

  5. Hi Marta. I’ve always wanted to do this, to have a smoother and healthy skin. Thank you for sharing this information and a very helpful step by step instructions from the You Tube video. I will like to try it out and looking forward to a more beautiful skin. May I know which Bodecare brush you are using or do you have a recommended brush from Bodecare for a beginner?

    1. Hi rmjia, I’ve started with the “Tampico FSC Dry Body Brush” for the body. I thought it would be great for cellulite prevention… It’s the same you saw in the video. But when you go on their site every single brush has a description, this way you can choose the right one for your skin. It took me an hour to choose the right brush for me ( I wanted to be sure before buying:)).  But at least I’m happy with this product, that’s the real reason I do recommend it. Thank you for asking:) Cheers!

  6. Hi Marta,
    Thanks for sharing a great article on body brushing benefits, I must say I knew little or nothing about it before I read your article.
    It makes sense how beneficial it can be to our bodies!
    Do you have any tips on how can I do this as a beginner?
    Do you have any video you can recommend me to watch?

    1. Hi  Alejandra,  l’ve put a video demonstration in the article. If you click on the phrase “here’s a video demonstration”, it’ll bring you to YouTube. It’s the video I saw before buying this awesome product. They show you how exactly to do body brushing. Thanks for asking:)

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