What are the Benefits of Skin Brushing?

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer

When I first read about skin brushing several years ago, it took me a while to grasp the concept. I didn’t really understand what it was or why anyone would want to do it.

The idea did intrigue me however, so I continued to research and soon found out that the practice of skin brushing had so many benefits that I had to give it a try.

So try it I did, and I have been hooked ever since. It is a wonderful and relaxing part of my daily routine that I wouldn’t want to give up.

On some days, when I have a few extra minutes and really need a little boost, I follow my skin brushing routine with this mint java body scrub. It’s awesome.

So what are the benefits of skin brushing?

The simple act of skin brushing offers the following benefits:

  1. Removes dead skin cells which improves skin texture and allows new skin cells to grow
  2. Lessens the appearance of cellulite (yay!) by improving blood flow and circulation
  3. Helps your skin to absorb nutrients by getting rid of clogged pores and allowing your skin to breath
  4. Aids in safe, gentle, and effective detoxification
  5. Gives your skin a smoother appearance along with a very healthy glow
  6. Relaxes your muscles, releases stress, and leaves you feeling invigorated and awake
  7. Improves the lymphatic system, which is an important part of the immune system
  8. Helps muscle tone and helps to more evenly distribute fat deposits
  9. Can improve digestion and kidney function
  10. Stimulates the hormone and oil glands necessary for healthy skin

Wow! Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? I challenge you to try it for yourself, so you can see the benefits first hand.

While it does take consistent skin brushing and several months to notice some of these benefits (such as cellulite reduction), you will feel others right away (such as stress relief!).

Skin brushing really is so relaxing and yet very invigorating at the same time. It’s kind of like going to the spa, but it’s a lot cheaper, and you can do it as often as you like!

If you have never heard of skin brushing or tried it yourself, I hope you will give it a try! It’s a simple 5- minute routine that can make a big difference in the health and appearance of your skin. If you are like me, you will fall in love with it and be hooked! To learn more about how to skin brush watch this very informative video here.

Have you ever tried skin brushing before? What is your favorite thing about it if you have?

Disclaimer: Although all of the Keeper of the Home writers are passionate about natural health, none of us are medical professionals. This post is for entertainment and educational purposes only.

About Mindy

Mindy is a wife, momma, and lover of all things simple. She works at home as a graphic designer from her design studio, Simply Designs, creating blogs, websites, ebooks, invitations, and more! She believes in eating real, whole food in the way that God intended for it to be enjoyed. Her desire is to live a healthy, God honoring, purposeful life.

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Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    Anyone have a specific recommendation for a brush they like? I’ve had this one ( http://amzn.to/13Qdgb4 ) sitting in my Amazon cart for almost a year, but never hit the “buy” button because I don’t want to end up with something that is only so-so performance wise. Maybe I’m being overly paranoid and the brush type doesn’t matter? I’d love a specific recommendation, though, even just to know that at least one other person found their particular worked well.

  2. can you recommend a particular brush…bristles, personal pref…and where to buy? thx

  3. To me, I view it as one of those “It can’t hurt!” kinda things. I do always feel better, and it’s quick, and surely it at least sloughs off old skin cells…so if it actually increases circulation/detoxes/etc., yay! Even if it didn’t, I’d still do the skin brushing because it feels better, and my skin is always softer.

  4. Sometimes I am ashamed of myself for being so skeptical about ‘quackery.’ I am going to try this, just don’t tell anyone I know. K? It is a personal type of thing anyway.

  5. Love this! I have done this before and loved the invigorated feeling it left me and after about a month I noticed some other changes too! Do you know if skin brushing is ok while your pregnant? I’m currently in my seventh month and love the idea but not sure of the effects on the baby.

  6. What a great article. I always thought dry brushing was baloney but I’m going to try it. Anything to help reduce cellulite and move out toxins :)

  7. I do use brushing to increase circulation, as part of self massage. I also use the back brush to help my back and other regions more difficult to reach. When I was in my late teens I used a brush available back then for hips and thighs and it helped; I recently remembered how well it worked. If you have lymphedema, consult your doctor or specialist to find out how to brush correctly in the areas you have trouble. I have lymphedema around my clavicles and it is a more difficult region to brush correctly.

  8. It also feels great too! I used to do this daily for years, mainly because it felt so refreshing after, and takes only minutes to do, thanks for the reminder.

  9. I’ve been doing this for 5 years. When I had my first son, my mother bought me a brush and told me how to do it and it helped me loose weight very quickly. I also use it for detoxification purposes and for shedding dry and flaky skin. I love it!

  10. It says “The page you are looking for no longer exists” when I try to go to skin brushing link.

  11. It also is very effective in improving circulation! For someone who is ALWAYS cold, my nutritionist/yoga teacher said I should give it a try! I brush before my shower and apply a thin layer of oil (sesame, castor, or olive) depending on season and feeling and my circulation has improved!

  12. Skin brushing how-to link not working.

  13. Except that there aren’t instructions on how to use it :(

  14. http://creatingnaturally.com/?s=skin+brushing The link in the article doesn’t seem to work. I think this is the page we’re looking for :)

  15. I clicked on the link for how to skin brush and it said Page Not Found. I would really like to know how to do so. Thank you!

  16. Yes, I concur with Christy. Thanks. :)

  17. This link to your article on how to skin brush isn’t working.

  18. Neat! The smoother skin benefits sound obvious enough to me, but how does skin brushing stimulate digestion, improve the lymphatic system, and help with muscle tone/fat deposits? Just curious as to how that actually works.

  19. Christine says:

    Great article! I’m considering giving it a try, & wanted to read the post on how to do it (highlighted link at the end of the post), but the page pulls up with a “404 error”, saying the page can’t be found… :(

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