As you will already know if you have read my previous post on my Boots Beauty Haul, I have purchased a Botanics Detox Brush after lusting after one for quite some time. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure why I was so keen to own a body brush or what originally drew my attention to them but I have certainly heard some great things about body brushing which I will endeavor to outline for you here.
This brush is really lovely. It looks very simple and clean. It is very comfortable to hold and the natural bristles are neither too stiff and scratchy, nor too delicate.
Body brushes seem to range massively in price. This Botanics one costs £6.00 but depending on the size, whether they have a strap or a handle and, of course, the brand, the prices can vary massively.
As I mentioned, this brush is marketed as a Detox Brush. The word 'detox' has itself become a marketing buzz word in our society where we are forever interested in the latest fad diets, fitness crazes, cutting-edge cosmetics and ground-breaking ingredients.
There are many different ways to help your body to detox, from cutting out alcohol, to changing what you eat. Several of our internal organs are responsible for keeping our bodies cleansed, from our liver and kidneys to our lymphatic system. Lymph is a fluid in our bodies containing white blood cells and is essential for a healthy immune system. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn't have a pump to keep it moving. Instead, it's movement is dependent on OUR movement. Lymph is stimulated by the movement of our muscles and joints (which is why exercise is a great aid to the detoxification process), deep breathing (hence why holistic practises such as yoga are also good) and, you guessed it, body brushing. When you dry brush, so long as you do it correctly, the light pressure physically helps to aid the movement of lymph.
Using a body brush each morning can help to improve the efficiency of your lymphatic system, not to mention your circulation. It's also great for gently exfoliating your skin. You should brush towards your heart, generally in an upwards motion, and repeat each stroke around 7 times.
+ Start from your feet, remembering the soles, and sweep upwards to your ankles.
+ Brush your calves and thighs, concentrating on the backs of your knees and inner thighs where lymph nodes are prominent.
+ Repeat the process of upwards brushing on your arms, not forgetting the palms of your hands.
+ When you reach your shoulders, change from long strokes to circular movements, still moving towards the heart. Continue this motion across your chest, tummy and sides.
+ If you want to brush your back also, you may need to get someone to help or select a brush with a longer handle.
+ When you reach your neck, brush in downward strokes.
You can concentrate more on your thighs and buttocks if you wish as it has been suggested that this may help improve cellulite.
Remember to keep your brush clean but never use it when wet, or on damp skin. It is a good idea to have a warm bath or shower after body brushing.
I'm really glad that I spent the time to learn and understand why dry brushing is so good for your body. I knew beforehand that you should brush in upwards motions but I never understood why!
I personally really like body brushing. I find that it makes my skin smooth and it is quite invigorating.
If you are interested in any more information on detoxing, I found this website, How To Detox, to be informative.
Are you more likely to try body brushing after understanding why it's so beneficial? Have you tried it before? Let me know what you think!