Saturday, 25 May 2013

Don't Give Up If You Have Stretch Marks!

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GUEST POST BY JODIE SMITH

If you have stretch marks don't give up, there is an easy solution to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and it is natural as well.  Stretch marks are a common problem that can affect everyone: people of any race, any age and any gender. Stretch marks can occur during sudden changes in body size, such as during pregnancy, puberty, or rapid weight-gain. Ninety percent of pregnant women will get stretch marks around their abdomen, hips and thighs. Stretch marks can look slightly purple or reddish colour lines that become a type of scar.  Many people, especially women, struggle trying to fade stretch marks.  Dry Body Brushing is a natural remedy you can do to reduce the appearance of both new and old stretch marks  and eventually turn them white in appearance and become less noticeable.

Steps

Dry body brushing is a very powerful skin exfoliator.  It digs deep into the pores to cleanse dirt, grime, dead cells and other toxins.  It helps to keep the pores open to help expel wastes, increases absorbtion rate of skin lotions, assists with stimulation of sweat and oil glands, contributing to the restoration of moist, pliable, supple skin.  It also helps streghtens the skin pores by gentle stretching of connective tissues which regenerate production of collagen and elastin fibres.

Tips and Tricks for Dry Brushing: 
  • Always use a plant bristle body brush.  Plant bristle body brush (commonly called Tampico, Jute or Sisal bristle) provides the best exfoliation and stimulation for your skin.  They are the highest quality, long lasting and don't scratch the skin. 
  • Always brush on dry skin with dry brush bristles. Plant bristles are nice and firm when they are dry, which is why they exfoliate skin and stimulate circulation.  When plant bristles are wet they go soft and clump together and you won't get the same results.
  • After each body brush, spray brush bristles with an Organic Tea Tree Hydrosol.    Regularly cleaning your brush will prolong the brush life, optimize brush performance and most importantly, reduce risk of bacterial infection on the skin.  A lot of dead skin is sloughed off when dry brushing, so it is essential to wash your brush once a week with hot soapy water and leave in the sun to dry or a well ventilated area.  Never leave a plant bristle body brush in a wet area, they will mildew.
  • Stroke brush in one upward movement.  Except when brushing fingers and toes, you can brush back and forth between them.  The stomach you can brush in circular strokes going clockwise and anti-clockwise to really get the circulation moving.
  • We recommend brushing upward and towards the major lymph nodes in the body, such as the groin, armpits and base of neck.
  • Work from left to right, which is the natural direction when massaging the body.
  • Follow dry body brushing with some form of hydrotherapy, this may be a bath, shower, steam room, body mud mask or massage. When you have loose skin after pregnancy or weight loss, keeping it hydrated is an absolute must. Always apply an organic body lotion to nourish and feed the skin, this will help keep it supple and hydrated. For extra healing power to the areas of concern apply organic body oil like Jojoba Oil or Rosehip Oil and massage into the skin.  Rosehip is high in Vitamin C which helps to heal scars and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.  Hydrating the skin is really important to improve the skin's elasticity.  If your skin is undergoing a lot of stretching it is less likely to tear and create stretch marks if it's hydrated.


Which body brush should I choose for Stretch Marks?
I recommend a firm brush for feet, legs, buttock and arms and then I use a softer bristle for torso (front and back).  If you only have one brush and it has firm bristles, then I suggest using lighter pressure on the more sensitive areas.  Tampico Long Detachable Handle is the most versatile brush of the bodecare range and most suitable for reducing stretch marks.

To get the best results combine your dry body brushing with a healthy regime.  Most importantly eat fresh fruits and vegetables to nourish your body and skin each day, learn about eating raw foods and do cardio exercise at least 3 times per week.

While all of these tips can help you, make sure you give yourself time to heal and for your body to adjust to your new shape.  Scar tissue can take a while to recover and with the help of this healthy routine your whole body will benefit from the results you achieve from dry body brushing.


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Jodie Smith
Owner - Bodecare



About Jodie: Jodie Smith, Director of Bodecare, has always loved to dry body brush. While living abroad Jodie had the privilege to experience dry body brushing in luxury day spa's and wanted to offer similar treatments and brushes here in Australia. Once returning to Australia Jodie spent a year conducting research on each brush with therapist colleagues who would test run the brushes. The end results are a beautiful range of traditionally crafted natural bristle brushes in varying firmness to cater for specific areas of the body and different preferences of bristle texture. Jodie has a keen interest in contributing to the preservation of the environment, which is why each product is made of eco materials or recycled timber, minimal packaging and reducing plastic where-ever possible. I have finally found me niche and am loving the journey it is taking me on.


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