Body brushing? Like brushing your body? With a brush? Yep, that's exactly what I mean.
I know you're probably thinking "do you not know how much I have to do before I walk out the door in the morning??" but it's so amazing for your skin, your mind and your health.
Let me tell you why you should build this two minute habit into your daily routine. According to mindbodygreen.com it helps with this long list...
"The benefits of dry skin brushing include:
Increasing the circulation to the skin could possibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. So, rather than take drastic measures like liposuction, how about utilising the dry skin brushing techniques to help break down unwanted toxins?
Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs.
It assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.
Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin (and it feels pretty great, too!).
It helps with muscle tone and gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits.
Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.
And, in my experience, dry body brushing first thing in the morning can actually set up a perfect day! By doing something solely for yourself first thing in the morning, you can develop a beautiful follow-through effect, starting with a healthy breakfast – why ruin all the good work you just did?"
So how do you do it?
I would do this ideally just before you shower in the morning as it really helps to wake up your body (and mind!)
You want a nice, firm brush. Start in circular movements and then progress to long strokes. Begin at the ankle and work your way up the legs and slowly up the body. You always want to work the strokes towards the heart, so up the legs and down the arms. Always be careful around delicate skin areas such as the chest and breast area. It should feel nice and tingly, I personally love it. Then, have a nice shower and then slather on some good moisturiser afterwards. You're skin hopefully will feel soft and smooth.
So what are you waiting for? Why not give it a go for the next month and see if you notice any difference, I hope you do!
Thanks so much for reading