Brush You Hair, Brush Your Teeth, Brush Your…Body?

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We know why it’s important to brush our teeth…healthy teeth, healthy gums. We know why it’s important to brush our hair…it keeps hair looking healthy and detangled, and it massages the scalp which could stimulate hair growth. But what about Body Brushing? Have you ever heard of it, or tried it? Why is it important?

Skin is the largest organ of the body, and it’s probably the one that gets neglected the most. Did you know that our skin eliminates about a pound of waste products every day, most of it through our sweat glands? Dry brushing your skin regularly improves circulation and can even help prevent the build up of cellulite…that perked your ears up, didn’t it? Since the skin is the last to receive nutrients, but the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency, it’s important to treat it right. All it takes is 5 minutes to give the skin on your body the attention and love it deserves.

Dry brushing the skin is a great way to detoxify. By doing this process, you stimulate all detoxifying organs, including the skin. It’s recommended that you do it in the morning before you shower. In doing this, it will energize you and get you going for the day. It’s exfoliating, improves circulation, and helps with digestion. All things needed to look beautiful from the inside out. So, how’s it done?

You’ll need a natural bristle brush with a long handle. You can use one with a shorter handle, but you’ll need a long handle for your back. I got one at a vitamin store from Earth Therapeutics. A loofah sponge or a dry towel can work too, but I prefer the brush.

Always dry brush on dry, bare skin before bathing. You want to make sure to shower or bathe after to wash off any residue the brush gets from your skin. Using long, sweeping strokes, start brushing from the bottom of your feet upwards. Considering how ticklish I am, I really did not enjoy the bottom of the feet part. Use light pressure on thin skin areas and firmer pressure on thicker skin. Do the same thing with your arms: start at the hands, doing the palms and the backs of the hands, and brush in upward motions toward the center of your body. Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck. Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen. This really isn’t as complicated or as time-consuming as it sounds. It’s suggested that you take 10 minutes to do this on a daily basis, but you will benefit from 5 minutes as well. Over time, you will notice your skin appears much healthier. 30 days of doing this and you will have a natural glow that people envy! Make it a habit and the daily detoxification you are doing to your body will keep you healthy.

I wish I could say that I do this on a daily basis. It’s one thing I really want to work towards because there are so many benefits to your body and skin by doing this technique daily. I do it a few times a week, and even with not being consistent with it, I notice my skin has a nice flush to it on the days I do it. The only reason I don’t do it every day is, I totally forget until I’m already in the shower! I know a lot of people prefer not to add one more step to their daily routine, but I think this is one step everyone should be doing every day…myself included. Think about it, with all the benefits brushing your skin has, you could save money on certain products because you won’t need them anymore. A one-time investment under $10 for a brush…is that all we need to look beautiful? Hmmm, I don’t know for sure, but I would like to find out!

So, what about you? Have you tried body brushing? Tell me about your experience with it and how it has helped your skin and your health over time. Anyone on board with me to try it every day for a month? Let me know, I’d love to share daily thoughts and experiences.

Have a question you want answered for Q&A Monday or a product you are curious about and want reviewed? Email me at brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com and I’ll get right on that!

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