Body brushing is an easy and inexpensive way of stimulating your circulation and lymphatic system, helping to eliminate toxins.

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The skin is an organ of elimination, just like the kidneys and liver and even without extra help, it discharges more than a pound of waste products every day. Given the extra boost of daily body brushing, this elimination process can become much more effective, not only improving the appearance of your skin but also giving general health benefits - such as improved blood circulation and immune system.

Skincare advice

The traditional Chinese version of skin brushing uses the dried fibres of a ground fruit called 'silk squash' - more commonly known as loofah - but natural bristle brushes are proven to be far more effective. The brush should have a long handle (making it easier to reach all areas of the body), firm, natural bristles and must always be kept dry.

Once a day, preferably first thing in the morning before you take a shower or a bath, sweep the brush over every surface of the body except the face or any areas of sensitive or delicate skin.

It's important to brush in the right direction (always towards the heart) starting with the soles of the feet and working upwards.

Use long, smooth strokes and brush arms, legs and buttocks in an upward direction. Then brush your back and torso in a downward direction and finally sweep across the shoulders. Concentrate on the hips and thighs to help improve the appearance of cellulite and dimpled skin. It may seem laborious to begin with but it will soon become second nature and is truly invigorating! Start off with gentle strokes but gradually increase the pressure after the first few days or weeks as you get used to the sensation.

When showering or bathing cleanse skin with Energising Body Wash and pat dry. Body brushing is the perfect companion to our Energising range, to help eliminate toxins from the body and stimulate circulation.

For reasons of hygiene, we recommend you keep a separate brush for each member of the family and wash the brush itself every couple of weeks; wash gently in a few drops of Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash and allow to dry in an airy place.

Alternatively, for gentle exfoliation, massage a generous amount of Energising Body Scrub onto skin using your hands. Your skin will feel renewed, revitalised, soft and smooth. Use as often as needed.

Sensible precaution: a body brush should not be used on cut, broken or very tender skin or over varicose veins.

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