Brushing: Not Just for Teeth Anymore

washcloth bathsponge and loofah

You already know how important it is to brush your teeth every day (at least, I sincerely hope you already know this).  But maybe you didn’t know that brushing is also a great way to keep your skin naturally healthy and vibrant.

Most of the time, skin breakouts are due to either your skin glands producing a little extra oil, some naturally-occurring bacteria getting a little out of control, or the accumulation of dead skin cells.  Luckily, gentle brushing for just a few minutes a day can help counteract all of these problems.

Using a long-handled natural bristle brush (which you can find for around $10 online) or a natural loofah sponge, start at your feet using small circles.  Work your way up your legs, across your chest, and over your arms, neck, and back.  Be sure to avoid sensitive areas like your breasts and face, and don’t brush too hard – a little goes a long way.

This kind of gentle brushing can improve blood and lymph flow, remove dead skin cells, and help keep your skin looking youthful.  And it doesn’t take a huge time commitment – you can probably cover your whole body in about two minutes.  So consider adding a quick body-brushing regiment to your day, right after brushing your teeth.  Just be sure to use two different brushes.

Next time:  Learn how Omega-3s can save your skin!