A Healthy Habit to Support Your Skin Health, Circulation, and Relaxation
by Rob Fischer
I have to admit, when I first heard about body brushing, I suspected it might have begun as a medieval practice in penitence. Additionally, the following childhood riddle also came to mind: “Why did the man hit himself over the head with a hammer? Because it felt so good when he stopped!”
All kidding aside, evidence indicates that body brushing is really good for you and experience suggests that you’ll love it once you begin.
Of course, the difference between brushing as an act of masochism and brushing as pleasurable personal hygiene has a lot to do with the brush. You don’t want to run out to your garage to find that heavy-bristled scrub brush you use to clean the wheels on your car. Instead, invest in a body-brush especially designed for this purpose.
Many suggest buying a long-handled body brush for reaching those hard-to-get places. Also, look for a brush with bristles made of natural materials. In order for a body brush to do its work, it needs to be somewhat stiff, but still feel good when you brush the tender areas of your skin.
6 Body Brushing Benefits
1. To exfoliate your skin.
This is a fancy way of saying that body brushing helps remove dead skin cells and other detritus from your skin. This helps clear clogged pores allowing your skin to breathe. Old skin cells left on the skin can begin looking dry and scaly and lead to blemishes. When dead cells are exfoliated, new cells form more quickly. Skin not only looks healthier, it actually becomes healthier as dead skin is removed from clogged pores.
A huge benefit of skin brushing is a drastic improvement in the appearance of the skin itself! Brushed skin improves as new cells form more quickly, and the skin takes on a smooth luster that is noticeably brighter than the dull appearance of old, dry, and often wrinkled skin. Women especially note much softer skin after dry brushing for a couple of weeks.
2. To stimulate your lymphatic system.
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