Giving your body a firm brush all over makes the skin glow by removing the top dull, dead layer of skin and encouraging new cells to regenerate. The gentle massaging motion of the bristles also has a beneficial effect on the cellulite, and it is an effective treatment for helping eliminate toxins from the body during a detox program.
It is quite a simple one and you need only a body brush with natural bristles, such as those of goat or boar. There are various types of brushes and you would need one with a handle ( some are detachable ) so that you can reach all the inaccessible parts of your back.
Skin brushing is carried out on dry skin . Start at your feet and work upwards , brushing the legs , then buttocks, up the arms, then on to the chest and stomach and finally the face. Brush more gently where the skin in thinnest and always brush towards the heart.
Brushing your whole body in this way will take you between three to five minutes, depending on how many strokes you give to each area. Try to keep a rhythm going and brush for up to five minutes every day and preferably immediately before you have a bath or shower so that the dead cells are washed away. Skin brushing is best done in the morning as the acceleration of blood flow has quite an invigorating effect. You should be able to see the difference in your skin after just a few sessions – it will become very soft and develop an attractive glow.
Good reasons for skin brushing
1. Stimulates blood and lymph flow
2. Helps eliminate toxins from the body
3. Removes dead skin cells
4. Encourages cells to regenerate
5. Stimulates production of sebum
6. Helps combat cellulite
7. Results in smooth glowing skin
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