It’s An Underrated Beauty Habit
Body brushing is an often neglected step in people’s routines, yet it’s also one of those incredibly simple things that brings huge benefits. Just a couple of minutes a day, before you take a bath or shower (or during it, you don’t have to just brush skin when it’s dry) will stimulate your lymph flow, helping your body metabolise toxins more efficiently. It also discourages fluid retention and cellulite (which are related) as well as softens and tones your skin. The benefits are immediate and lasting.
There Is A Correct Way To Do It
Always brush in quick flicks, rather than long, tedious strokes. And brush in upward motions towards your heart and lymph nodes – that includes behind the knees and under your arms. As a general rule, brush feet to knees, knees to hips and then go over the buttocks and hands to shoulders for the full effect. You honestly only need to spend a couple of minutes doing it, not any more, it’s not necessary.
Too Much Can Make You Susceptible To Sunburn
If you’re doing it wrong and applying too much pressure, it can sensitise the skin and open you up to more UV exposure. Keep it incredibly light and speedy – never scrub or over-massage the skin.
The Brush You Choose Is Key
Forget about plastic nodules in a body brush – this technique isn’t about crunching fat, and you’ll never see a therapist use a brush like this – or a stick – to bash cellulite. Instead keep it simple and invest in a natural, bristle brush, it’s all you’ll need. Some people prefer to use gloves to reach certain body parts, but for me, these are best kept as an exfoliative treatment as they don’t allow you to do the quick flick action a body brush does, which is all that’s needed to activate the lymphatic system. Even hard-to-reach areas like behind your knees, where there is a density of lymph nodes, only needs a few repeated flicks of brush bristles.
It Doesn’t Help Ingrown Hairs
People often think body brushing is a great technique for preventing ingrown hairs but that’s the role of an exfoliator, not a brush. So, don’t invest in it for this reason, or you’ll be disappointed.
These Are The Key Benefits
As well as increasing lymph flow and metabolising toxins more efficiently, body brushing is also brilliant for toning the skin. After a period of time, you’ll see an immediate softness and tone to the skin because of the way brushing exfoliates it. Even gentle brushing brings nutrient-rich, freshly oxygenated blood to the skin’s surface, which gives it a better tone and elasticity. This is especially true over areas like thighs and buttocks which can feel cold to touch because the circulation is on go-slow. If you’re brushing to see results in body shape, you need to do it as part of an integrated plan that includes diet and exercises, and remember, results aren’t immediate.
How To Maximise The Effects
Key ingredients, like caffeine and Himalayan pink salts, are excellent components in skincare because of their good diuretic effect – this enhances the lymphatic system and reduces swelling. So look out for body products that contain them as you’ll notice a real difference when combining them with your brush. Try: Legology’s Air-Lite Daily Lift For Legs; Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub; Mauli Reawaken Himalayan Hand & Body Scrub.
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