Skin brushing has been around for so long there are differing theories on its origins. I've seen it attributed to the Germans, Japanese, Chinese and Scandinavians. Wherever it started, it is a healthy practice with numerous benefits.
Skin brushing (also called dry brushing) helps promote circulation, fight cellulite, remove dead skin cells, tone and firm the skin. It is an ideal way to start the day – just before your morning shower.
If you can, give yourself 10-15 minutes for the process. Even better - if you can work this into your daily routine, 5 minutes is ample time. Aside from the price of your preferred skin brushing implement, this beauty treatment costs only your time.
You will need: either a skin brush, skin brushing glove (see photo) or a loofah
Always brush before bathing so you finish by washing off any remaining impurities. Brush from toe-to-head – always toward the heart. Using circular strokes, start at your feet and work your way up each leg. Then start from the hands and move towards the shoulders. Finally, do the torso. On the back, work in downwards strokes from the back of the neck (obviously this is easier with a long-handled brush, but not impossible with a hand-held loofah). Working towards your heart will help increase circulation. To best battle cellulite, concentrate on affected areas for an extra minute or 2. Be firm, but don't brush so hard it hurts. Your skin should feel tingly and alive. After brushing, enjoy a warm shower.
The Final Kick
Just before you turn off the shower, treat your skin to a blast of cold (or considerably cooler) water – it will close pores, kick-start your circulation, and leave you with a wonderfully healthy all-over glow.
Do You Have 3 More Minutes?
Finish by applying a nourishing body oil and greet the day looking like you've just come from a pricey spa.