Body Brushing

Posted on 5 April 2013 | Comments

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Body brushing is a great treatment for cellulite reduction, lymphatic drainage and also helps with the disease Keratosis Pilaris where your skin gets red bumps. Dry body brushing on a regular basis has been shown to drastically improve the skin’s texture and appearance.  It’s a quick and easy way to help detox and cleanse the body, reduce cellulite, and stimulate the senses so you can flaunt your legs and arms in confidence!  Using a natural body brush provides better results than a synthetic body brush because the natural plant bristles have tiny hooks and imperfections which gather the dead skin while sweeping over the body. The ends of the bristles are slightly frayed, which is why the natural bristles in our dry body brushes don’t scratch the skin. 

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Dry body brushing is a very simply process. You simply use long, flowing strokes starting at your toes and working in toward your tummy. Next start at your fingertips and work in toward your chest. You always want to be brushing toward your heart. Finally, brush your abdomen in in a circular, clock-wise motion to stimulate proper digestion. Make sure to use caution on sensitive areas! The entire process should take no more than 3 minutes! 

Take a look at these instructional videos on how to go about body brushing >

Body brushing is a traditional natural health practice, which involves dry brushing the skin before a shower or bath and should be considered an essential addition to your daily beauty and health routine. Dry body brushing offers amazing benefits to your skin and the health of your body through exfoliation, increased circulation, cellulite reduction, smoother skin and, importantly, body brushing detoxifies the lymphatic system. A Bodecare dry body brush will leave your skin glowing, visibly smoother and increase hydration.  You will also find that your body moisturisers go further and save you money because they soak into the skin more easily. 

How to choose the right body brush for you
Dry body brushes are made of natural materials and vary in bristle firmness for body brushing preferences.

Firm body brushing
Long handled dry body brush made from Tampico: (vegan body brush) use the detachable brush head and canvas hand strap or with the long handle to reach your back and feet. Firm, stiff bristles, provide optimum exfoliation, stimulation and massage for body brushing the skin.  

Medium body brushing
Japanese-style dry body brush with sisal bristles: First time dry body brushers could start with this level brush and those who prefer light strokes for dry body brushing. 
Coco-fibre scrub pad : body brush pad suitable for brushing soft hands and nails.

Soft face brush
Face brush with jute bristle: meant for delicate skin on the face, the bristles are silky soft, gentle enough for a baby. Suitable for working with cleansers and removing face masks.

Draining the Lymphatic System

So what does skin brushing have to do with your lymphatic system?  Well the lymphatic system lays just under the skin so skin brushing helps the fluid to drain through the tubes and help to improve circulation to the lymph nodes which help them to function better. Keeping your lymphatic system healthy is very important to keep your immune system healthy and to promote the removal of excess fluid in the tissue (e.g. fluid retention).

The great thing about dry body brushing is that skin brushing is one of the best ways to stimulate the lymphatic system but it is also imperative that you use brushes that are not full of chemicals.  Toxic chemicals which are found in some brushes can be absorbed through the skin straight into your delicate lymphatic systems which in turn are absorbed straight into the blood stream.

 The Diagram below shows just how close the lymphatic vessel system is to the skin. So you can see how the simple action of brushing your skin can move lymph vessels and ultimately assist your immune system.

Source - Sarah Franklin, Naturopathic Practitioner, R.N.Ba Nursing, Ad.Dip Naturopathy, Ad.Dip Acupuncture & Western Herbal Medicine & Nutrition,  Kirra, QLD.

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