First of all, you may be thinking… “What is dry body brushing?”
It’s exactly how it reads actually, using a coarse non-synthetic brush, brush over the skin in long strokes. Dry body brushing has some amazing benefits for the skin and the body as a whole.
Some of the benefits of dry body brushing:
Exfoliates away dead skin cells and unclogs pores. Great for those who suffer with ingrown hairs.
Stimulates the lymphatic drainage systems which helps the body eliminate toxins. The skin is the largest organ in the human body is an organ of elimination.
With the body now increasing the elimination of toxins, this can help to strengthen the immune system as well.
Increases the circulation which encourages important blood flow, this plumps up the skin and can help the skin to look smoother.
With this health blood flow, this can speed up the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the cells and tissues, promoting overall health and appearance of the skin.
I find this a really a really calming practise I add to my bedtime routine before a bath. However some would say this is too energising for them and use it to perk up the skin in the morning to feel more energised.
Sounds great, how do I dry body brush?
Buy a dry body brush. This is the dry body brush I use from Amazon.
Get naked and keep the skin dry. Before a bath or shower is the ideal time to dry body brush. Also a tiled bathroom floor is easier to clean up flaked away skin (gross I know, but it happens!)
Starting at the soles of your feet, use long, upward strokes of the brush to brush towards the heart.
Over lap the strokes of the brush and use long sweeping motions towards the direct of the heart. On rougher ares such as knees, heels and elbows you can be a little more firm, but use gentler strokes on more sensitive areas, such as chest and boobs.
Make sure you brush the entire body, not forgetting the bum, sides of the body, neck, hands etc. When brushing the stomach use small circular moves in a clockwise direction.
After brushing have a shower of bath to remove the dead skin cells.
Gently pat the skin dry and be mindful not to rub the skin as it may feel sensitive after the brushing.
Apply a natural moisturiser, or I like to use a little coconut oil.
Continue to dry body brush everyday and check out the results after 30 days.
Keep your dry body clean by washing with a mild soap and water once a week and leaving to air dry in sunlight to avoid mould and germs accumulating on the brush.
Let me know how you get on with dry body brushing and if you’d like me to create a YouTube video demonstrating how I body brush, the sweeping strokes and directions, drop me a message!