DRY BODY BRUSHING : Everything You Need To Know

Dry body brushing- an underestimated self-care practice that offers multiple benefits for your body, inside and out. Not a modern self-care ritual made popular by supermodels of our time, dry body brushing is in fact an ancient cleansing ritual born from the healing practice of Ayurveda, originating some 5000 years ago in India.

From aiding detoxification to sweeping away dead skin cells and supporting circulation, dry brushing the skin can offer great benefits to your overall internal and external health.

Here we break down the 4 key benefits of why this 5 minute ritual is something you should incorporate into your daily care.

From aiding detoxification to sweeping away dead skin cells and supporting circulation, dry brushing the skin can offer great benefits to your overall internal and external health.

1. ELIMINATION

Dry body brushing is best known to stimulate the lymphatic system by aiding the flow of lymph fluid throughout the body. Our lymphatic system is the network of tissue and organs responsible for the process of elimination- collecting and transporting waste and toxins out of the body. Unlike our cardiovascular system, which relies on a pumping device, our lymph system depends on the movement of muscles to keep it working. Dry body brushing is known to stimulate the lymphatic flow, assisting in removing toxins and waste from the body, which is vital to our overall wellbeing.

TIP: Our lymph nodes are situated at different places in the body, with the armpits and inner thighs holding the greatest number, so it can be helpful to pay extra attention to these areas when brushing. The lymph system flows towards the heart, so remember the golden rule: brush in the same flow as the lymphatic system-all strokes towards the heart.

2. EXFOLIATION

The simple and necessary act of eliminating dead skin cells.Dry brushing is an incredibly effective ritual to remove the build-up of skin cells and debris, which not only cause dryness, but can block pores and lead to acne. Using a stiff bristled brush from top to toe you will literally see the dead skin cells come away. Dry brushing can also help manage keratin build-up that causes keratosis pilaris, or chicken skin if you will. Even just a week of dry brushing will make a noticeable difference to the softness of your skin. Better more- dry brushing is a great primer for efficient absorption of body creams or oils.

BONUS: if you’re undergoing laser hair removal, brushing will help loosen hairs from the root. Or for waxers and shavers- this process will keep ingrown hairs at bay.

3. IMPROVE SKIN TEXTURE

Dry body brushing stimulates your body’s circulation, which can help with the appearance of lumpy texture or fluid retention. The increase of blood flow, encouraged by dry brushing, will plump up skin minimising bumps and dimples in the short term. A dry brush won’t ultimately rid your legs of cellulite, as it is commonly claimed, however it can help mobilise and contribute to the even distribution of fat deposits under the skin.

A regular dry brush over thighs and derrière is said to minimise dimpled texture more effectively than the promise of firming lotions and potions. Stimulating the lymphatic system is known to remedy water retention, a common swelling appearance in the feet, legs, and abdomen. Stimulation of the lymphatic system will not only support detoxification but can aid in moving fluid through the body. Puffiness-be gone.

4. AN ENERGISING WAKE UP

A 2-5 minute brush first thing in the morning can kick start your metabolism and get the blood flowing. An invigorating brush before your morning shower will stimulate circulation and blood flow, providing an energising start to your day.

HOW ITS DONE-

1. Using a natural bristled brush, start at the feet in the direction of your heart. Use quick flicks rather than long strokes.

2. Continue brushing up the legs, thighs and bottom- remember to cover front and back!

3. Once your lower body is done, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart

4. Using a long bristle brush, cover your back

5. Finally- work on your abdomen, chest and neck moving in a clockwise direction.

6. The process should only take 3-5 minutes- until the skin is tingly and rosy.

7. Shower and wash away the dead skin and toxins

8. Moisturise or apply oil to skin for optimum softness

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