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Skin Brushing and Weight Loss

by
author image Stephanie Berger
Currently residing in Livingston, Montana, Stephanie Berger is a Registered Nurse with a passion for preventative health. Since Berger began writing professionally in 2004, her work has appeared in "Women's World" magazine and "Forward in Christ" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a minor in Spanish for the health professions from Marquette University.
Skin Brushing and Weight Loss
Use a brush with natural bristles for best results. Photo Credit arda savaşcıoğulları/iStock/Getty Images

People may lose weight faster and more evenly when skin brushing is a daily part of their weight loss plans. While it only takes a few minutes each day, the benefits can be significant. Make skin brushing part of your routine, during and after weight loss.

Benefits

Consider skin brushing an exercise for your skin, your largest organ. By improving circulation, skin brushing may help to eliminate wastes and toxins, the source of stubborn cellulite. Skin brushing may reduce fat deposits, tightening skin and toning muscles. It sloughs off dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and smooth. According to Yoga Journal, skin brushing may also stimulate the lymphatic system, which boosts immunity.

Time Frame

For best results, skin brushing should ideally be done for 5 to 10 minutes every morning before you shower during and after weight loss. Skin brushing in the morning helps release the toxins in your body that have accumulated during the night. The time it takes to see noticeable results will vary between individuals.

How To

Skin brushing is best done with a natural bristle brush with a long handle so you can get at those hard-to-reach areas. Start from the bottom and work your way up. Begin at your feet and brush up your legs, giving extra attention to your thighs, hips and buttocks. Continue with your stomach. Brush your chest, avoiding direct contact with your nipples. Continue with your hands and brush up your arms, including your underarms. Finish with your back, and brush lightly down your neck. The general rule of thumb is to brush using long strokes toward your heart. The natural bristles may feel rough on your skin at first, but it will soon adjust to the pressure.

Risks

Do not brush your skin if you have varicose veins. In fact, brushing the wrong direction, away from your heart, could contribute to or worsen varicose veins. Avoid brushing near open or irritated skin. If you are pregnant, remember to brush gently on your stomach. Use a separate brush for each family member. Wash your brush with mild soap and warm water every few weeks. As with any new treatment, talk to your doctor to determine if skin brushing is right for you.

Considerations

Although skin brushing regularly can reduce fat deposits and tighten saggy skin, skin brushing should not replace diet and exercise. You will not lose weight through skin brushing alone. However, it can be an effective part of your weight loss plan. The additional benefits of skin brushing will leave you looking and feeling healthier, giving you the motivation to achieve your weight loss goals.

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