Most importantly … it’s healthy and beneficial to your body!
What is it??
It’s a home care treatment that will stimulate your lymphatic system while also exfoliating your skin.
There are two ways of doing this. You can choose to use a natural bristle brush with either a handle or one that fits in the palm of your hand. The other way would be to use a hot towel. You will need to sample each method in order to determine the one that works best for you.
- Promotes circulation
- Opens pores to release stored toxins
- Exfoliates the skin
- Reduces the appearance of cellulite
- Relieves stress as the ritual becomes meditative
- Activates the lymphatic system
- An act of deep self-care
THE HOT TOWEL METHOD – The beauty of body scrubbing is that it can be done before or after your shower. All you need is a medium-sized cotton towel or washcloth. Begin by saturating the towel with hot water and then wringing it out. Then start to scrub the skin with soft, gentle strokes.
THE DRY BRUSHING METHOD – When using a brush, it is best to do this on dry skin before bathing. Using gentle stokes, your skin will respond by turning mildly pink. If it becomes red or feels irritated, then you are using way too much pressure.
The direction of stroking is very important. Your movements will help the lympathic system to drain more effectively, so be mindful of moving towards the heart and chest at all times!
- Address your body in sections.
- Lower Leg: Begin with the sole of the right foot. Then gently stroke the leg toward the knee, being mindful of your pressure and direction. Be sure to treat all sides of the lower leg. Then begin the process on the left leg.
- Upper Leg: Continue to stroke the leg in an upward fashion, one leg at a time.
- Arms: Begin with the hands and move up towards the shoulder.
- Torso/Abdomen: Move toward the heart.
- Buttocks/Back: This is where a brush with a handle comes in handy!
- Upper Chest/Decollete: Gentle downward strokes toward the heart. If you desire to treat the breast area, choose a towel and use feather-lite movements.
NOTE: This is a body treatment only; it is not designed for delicate facial skin.
This ritual can take as little as five minutes and your body will still receive benefits. If you have more time, you can turn this into a relaxing experience by spraying some lavender in the air, listening to spa music and lowering the lights. Apply some body lotion or oil on your skin at the conclusion of the session. (Here’s a link to a YouTube video showcasing this process: Body Brushing)
Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.