Benefits of body brushing

May 11, 2020 | Jenni Ashford

If we said there is a way to keep cellulite at bay which takes less than a minute a day, for a one-off payment of around £20, surely you would want to get your hands on it ASAP?

Well, there is. And, it’s not a ridiculous fad, it’s not a pricey cream with ingredients that make you queasy, and it doesn’t require professional application.

Dry body brushing every day before your morning shower or bath is the key to improved skin tone, circulation and…da, da, daaaa – reducing the appearance of cellulite!

We (obviously) love the Elemis Body Brush. It’s £21 and made from natural cactus bristles.  The brush will last a lifetime. It has a long handle which makes it easier to get to harder reach areas like your feet and back, for those of us still working on our yoga moves.

Dry body brushing offers many benefits which make it so worthwhile.

It stimulates, cleanses and tones the entire body.

It is a natural way to increase circulation.

It can increase the metabolism, breaking down fatty deposits.

It helps stimulate the body’s natural detoxification process.

It eliminates dead skin cells.

It improves the texture of the skin.

It helps prevent ingrown hairs.

It reduces dry/flakey skin.

It rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings.

It can increase lymphatic draining system process, speeding up the cycle of replacing toxins with nutrients from digested food. This can also relieve stress on the kidneys as filtering of the body system improves.

It can clear and open up the pores of the skin to eliminate waste and absorb nutrients, moisture and sunlight for overall well-being.

It can help relieve stress – slow skin brushing has meditative qualities.

It makes you feel alert and ready to face the day. The stimulation of the skin and the boost to the circulation, gives you a spring in your step into the shower.

 

How to body brush effectively

The golden rule is to brush upwards towards the heart. Long sweeping movements are best.

Start at the soles of your feet and work up each leg, focusing on the areas prone to cellulite. Spend time on the backs of the thighs and bum. Brush in a clockwise direction over your tummy, then up each arm, remember the backs of the upper arm which can suffer from sluggish looking skin (you can kiss goodbye to any bumps). Brush up the back and across your shoulders, finishing across the chest to the heart.

Remember to clean your body brush regularly using tea tree oil and water, or water with a drop of natural liquid soap. Once a week, if brushing daily.

 

Elemis ways to enhance the effect

Elemis Cellutox Active Body Oil nourishes, detoxifies and stimulates after body brushing and a shower. This powerful synergy of Sea Buckthorn, Sea Fennel, Lemon and Juniper essential oils is the perfect body detox. Can be used as part of an anti-cellulite and body cleansing programme. Best applied in the morning or early evening, before 7pm. Pour a small amount into the palms and rub gently over problem areas, such as the abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

Elemis” nourishing, firming Targeted Toning Body Moisturiser is clinically proven* to reduce the appearance of cellulite when combined with daily massage and daily dry skin brushing.

Spa Tip

Adopting simple detox regimes such as drinking plenty of warm water with lemon or ginger whilst following the detox programme, will help stimulate circulation, and release and flush out toxins.

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