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Brushing is more associated with combing the hair, but you can also use a brush to massage your body. Be sure to check out why this home treatment is so popular with many people and what effect it has on the condition of the skin.
What to brush the skin with?
To brush the body during the bath, and also after it, you will need a suitable brush. It should be made of natural materials. A good choice is for example tampico – it is a fiber derived from Agave. On the market you can find many brushes also made of synthetic fibers, but they are not recommendable. Natural materials make sure that the skin is not irritated after the massage. Synthetics can also cause unwanted allergies.
There are brushes on the market with both short and long handles. For a more intensive massage, for which it is necessary to use appropriate pressure, models with a short handle will work best. The long ones, on the other hand, will allow you to massage your back. When choosing a brush, be sure to check the type of bristles it has. If your skin needs to be cared for or you suffer from broken capillaries, make sure to choose a brush with soft bristles. This way you won’t irritate your skin even more.
How to use body brushing?
According to your preferences and skin sensitivity, you can choose wet or dry brushing. The second type of brushing should be done when you are in the bath or shower. The brush should be slightly dampened, and you can also apply a gentle scrub for better cleaning of skin pores, e.g. from excess sebum. When brushing, use subtle circular motions.
Dry brushing is very similar. In this case, it should be done after bathing, when the skin is dry and free of impurities. When massaging the body with a dry brush, it is advisable to perform movements quite slowly and make sure that the brush does not touch the skin too much. If you choose a brush with the right bristles, you will definitely not feel any discomfort during the massage.
The first time you touch the brush, you may feel a little discomfort, but over time, your skin gets used to its bristles. When massaging, avoid areas such as the neck or the inside of the thighs. Be sure to check that these areas are not too sensitive for a brush massage. If you feel a strong scratching sensation, leave these areas.
Massage each area of the body in a slightly different manner – the buttocks, abdomen and thighs can be massaged in a more circular motion, with an upward motion. The abdomen, on the other hand, should be massaged in a clockwise direction, because this is the direction in which our intestines are arranged.
What are the effects of a brush massage?
Washing yourself with a brush with natural bristles can give unexpected results. These include:
- improvement of blood circulation,
- reduction of cellulite,
- improvement of skin firmness,
- improved skin tone,
- reducing the amount of dead skin,
- better absorption of nutrients from body oils or lotions.
With regular skin brushing, you will definitely notice that your skin becomes much smoother and firmer. If you are struggling with cellulite, it will be reduced. For the effects to be better, it is important to have regularity and, above all, the right length of massage. Wet body brushing can be done under the shower for about 20-30 minutes. Dry brushing should be started with 10 and then go up to 20 minutes a day. With regular use of a body brush, you should wash it at least once a week with a mild soap. After cleaning it, you need to dry it with the bristles down on a paper towel.
Contraindications for body brushing
Body brushing should not be done if you have a bacterial or viral infection on your skin or have fresh scars. Brushing should be completely avoided in these areas. You also should not brush your skin if you have open wounds, hard-to-heal irritations and redness of unknown origin on your body. It is advisable to consult a dermatologist.