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Benefits of Body Brushing

Firstly, what is it?

It is basically a gentle massage of your whole body with a dry, stiff-bristled brush. It is said to help rid you of flaky skin, help increase your circulation and improve your digestion. There are claims it can even improve the appearance of cellulite.

Before you all run out and get the scrubbing brush from under the sink and start scrubbing away - there are a few guidelines to follow:

(It may not be advisable for anyone with skin sensitivity or eczema, as it may cause significant irritation, and worsening of these conditions, also do not dry brush sunburn or any moles or skin that is broken.)

The Brush

Body brushes are available made of materials like wood or plastic with synthetic or natural bristles (natural are best). Plant fibres like sisal (derived from agave) are commonly used if you want to avoid the ones made from boars' bristles. Choose one with a long handle to help reach areas like the back; a round shape without a handle can be easier to grip.

BodyShop Cactus Long-Handled Brush: link


In order to improve your circulation and digestion, you follow the same pattern of movements that are used in lymphatic drainage - it's easier to watch a video than me try to explain !video link)

How Often?

Whilst it is ok to do it every day, you may feel that every other day suits you better - it's a sort of self-care routine, so spend a little time on yourself.


Before you shower. That way any dead cells which you have sloughed off can be washed away and you will be left with radiant skin which just needs a slather of body lotion on it.

Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion: Link

........ Does it get rid of cellulite? Sorry, but there is no scientific evidence that it either reduces or alters the appearance of cellulite - it may be that you experience a temporary plumping of the skin because of the increased blood circulation, but no more than that.

Take Away: - Body brushing removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores – leaving skin feeling softer and smoother. It helps boost circulation and stimulates your lymphatic system. It offers the opportunity to show yourself a little love - now that can't be bad!!

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