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Our skin is our largest organ and it’s important that we look after it. Just like other organs in our body, the skin is a filter for toxins, and needs to be kept healthy so it can do its job properly.
Dry body-brushing is quick and easy and can fit into our morning routine without any inconvenience. It takes just a few minutes before your morning shower and leaves you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Here are a few great benefits of dry body-brushing:
- Removes dead skin cells and leaves the skin smooth
- Unclogs pores
- Discourages in-grown hairs
- Discourages cellulite
- Improves blood circulation
- Stimulates the lymphatic system
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Over time helps to improve muscle tone
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Just as important as the act of body-brushing is the type of brush we use. Plastic or nylon brushes are too harsh on the skin. A natural bristle brush or loofah is recommended, and preferably one with a long handle to reach the back and legs.
Start gently until you get used to the brushing. Your skin will redden a little but that’s because the blood circulation is being stimulated. Dry body-brushing is not recommended for those with skin allergies or inflammation, varicose veins or pregnant women unless after prior consultation with a health professional.
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Begin by brushing with gentle strokes from your feet and ankles upward, up both legs, front and back, then your stomach and back – always brushing toward the heart.
Hop into the shower, and – if you’re brave enough – finish with a cold rinse.
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Towel dry and apply moisturiser or body lotion. Your skin will feel healthy and revitalised. Make dry body-brushing a daily habit and you will soon begin to feel the long-term benefits.