For some reason last year I kept reading about body brushing. First, I read about it in a Deepak Chopra book (you don’t have to say anything. I know.), and then I read about it in a couple other fashion magazines. So, I thought I would give it a try. Now, I’m kind of addicted to it.
Apparently it’s technically a form of “ayurvedic massage” called Garshana. It’s supposed to stimulate the skin and lymphatic system, enhance circulation, and help the body eliminate toxins. Plus, when you do it consistently, I think it gives your skin a nice rosy glow, perfect for an upcoming wedding or event.
The key to body brushing is that you do it dry. I like to brush in the shower every morning before I turn it on (I have a vision of getting my skin flakes all over my bathroom floor which kind of grosses me out). Start with your arms and make sure to get every area on your body, including the bottom of your feet and tush. It’s also great for your legs before shaving.
I’ve had several wooden body brushes, and they’ve all gotten mildewy in the shower. You’re better off buying a bamboo body brush, since bamboo is naturally antibacterial and antifungial. Whole Body sells them, or you can find one online, such as this bamboo bristle brush from Eco Tools.