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Getting started with body brushing
When it comes to having a good skin care routine in place, it isn't enough to just focus on your face. Looking after every inch of skin helps to ensure it stays healthy, looks great and feels fab. Dry body brushing is an easy way to care for your skin and can be added into your daily routine with ease.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and as such, it needs extra care. It also gets exposed to all manner of things, such as cold weather, sunlight and chemicals, which can leave it looking aged and tired. Not looking after your skin can mean that it loses its vitality and that you suffer from complaints like spots or patches of unsightly and uncomfortable dry skin.
Body brushing is a great way to maintain the health of your skin, even in those difficult to reach areas. It is easy to do and doesn't require the use of different lotions and potions.
It helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite by improving circulation, which breaks down fat cells and toxins that are stored in the skin. This can mean that you feel more confident with skin that looks healthier.
Daily body brushing also helps to get rid of dead skin cells and encourages new cells, resulting in skin that has a brighter appearance, as well as a smoother feel. Getting rid of dead skin cells also helps to de-clog pores, reducing the chances of developing spots and ingrown hair while allowing your skin to better absorb nutrients.
Including body brushing into your routine has numerous benefits, so it really is worth doing. But what exactly does it entail?
Body brushing should be done on dry skin using a brush that is made of natural fibres - plastic fibres can be too hard on the skin and can result in damage. It is best to do it before a bath or a shower as once you are finished, you can remove all the dead skin and impurities, creating healthier skin.
Use a gentle pressure and move the brush in circular motions, moving slowly upwards. As you progress, you are able to start using longer strokes of the brush. You should begin at the ankles and move upwards, taking care to always move in the same direction in order to mirror your circulatory system.
The only area that should be treated differently when body brushing is your back, which should be brushed from the neck downwards.
Ensure that every area of your skin gets brushed by moving from the ankles to the calves, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Just be careful when brushing softer skin as it is easier to cause damage.
If you have areas of skin that are sore, burnt or inflamed, it is best to avoid them when body brushing. These areas can be painful and you risk causing more distress to the skin.
After brushing, have a shower. If you want to increase the stimulation to the skin, try alternating between warm and cool temperatures during your shower, this will help to get more blood flowing through your skin. Finish the routine off with a moisturiser.
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- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
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