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How to Brush Your Body

How to Brush Your Body

Here’s a great idea from the ancient Romans that doesn’t call for any fancy ingredients, takes just a few minutes, and really works to exfoliate dead skin, stimulate circulation, and promote generally glowing skin.

Besides breathing deeply, this just may be the easiest health-and beauty-promoting routine ever.

The stiffer the bristles on your brush, the better the lymphatic stimulation you’ll generate.

You’ll need a natural-bristle brush (palm-sized, also available with optional stick for use on back).

Standing in bathtub (to catch the falling skin), brush the dry skin all over your body, starting with the fingertips and arms and working inward toward the torso. Next, brush your legs and move upward toward the torso. Some areas may be more sensitive than others, for instance the breasts and neck, yet the treatment is quite good for them as well. The more often you do this treatment, the less sensitive your skin will
become. Once or twice a day is recommended.

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Adapted from The Herbal Home Spa by Greta Breedlove (Storey Books, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Greta Breedlove. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from The Herbal Home Spa by Greta Breedlove (Storey Books, 1998).

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1:04AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Would never have thought of it on my own. I think I'll try brushing too. Thanks!

6:07PM PDT on May 25, 2008

I do this all the time and it makes my skin glow like crazy. I lovee it!!!!

7:48AM PDT on Oct 1, 2007

My husband and I do this for each other - it's a little easier to reach everywhere on someone else AND it's so relaxing that it's a great cure for insomnia if one of you happens to be having problems getting to sleep We use a moderately soft bristle brush because I have very sensitive skin. It really seems to help his acne.

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