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Benefits of the Body Brush

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author image Kimberly Johnson
Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.
Benefits of the Body Brush
Body brushes with natural bristles are best. Photo Credit Elvira Schaefer/Hemera/Getty Images

Body brushing is a skin rejuvenating technique in which individuals lightly rub a brush over their skin. The body brush is similar to a hair brush, but the bristles are softer so as not to damage the skin. Brushing is performed once or twice per day on dry skin -- and brush strokes should only be towards the direction of the heart, according to the Huffington Post. Body brushing provides both external and internal benefits to the body.

Brush Your Way to Better Health

The most obvious benefit of the body brush is the removal of dead skin cells from the body, thus providing a fresher complexion and tighter skin tone. Those with dry skin benefit from increased moisture as the brush stimulates sweat and oil glands. It can also improve skin texture on extra dry areas like the elbows, knees and ankles. With regard to skin tone, some dry brushers see a reduction in the appearance of cellulite; however, there is no definitive scientific evidence on these toning benefits and the results are often temporary, reports "Shape" magazine. Internally, brushing stimulates blood flow to the digestive system and lymphatic system, which helps to remove toxins from the body.

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