I've heard about dry body brushing for a while now but have never done it. I recently looked into it again and I have decided to start adding this to my weekly wellness routine.
The body uses the kidneys, lungs, bowel and skin to help detoxify what is ingested or inhaled. Your skin, the largest organ in the human body, excretes one third of your body’s toxins. Isn't that crazy!?
Dry brushing is an inexpensive way to enhance health and restore vitality and well-being. Plus you make time to give yourself a little bit of TLC which is always a good thing.
Dry brushing helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. It will also prepare the skin to better absorb your moisturiser leaving your skin smoother and better hydrated.
The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. Dry brushing is said to stimulate the lymphatic system, allowing it to properly drain and remove toxins from the body.
Supports blood circulation
By stimulating the skin, dry brushing increases blood flow to the surface of the skin, helping to improve circulation. Many people believe that dry brushing could help reduce the appearance of cellulite.. lets wait and see. I'll keep you posted.
Time to give yourself a little love
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- Be gentle
- Start at your feet and work towards your heart area (that's where your lymph drains)
- Brush in long, smooth, upward strokes
- Feet, legs, hands, arms, back, neck (maybe avoid the front if too sensitive), and lastly your belly in clockwise motion
- For an added boost and benefits add some essential oils to the brush
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
It is important to choose the right brush for you. I have kept my eye open for one for a couple of years now. Specifically one with minimal plastic, ethically sourced and no animal bristles. I got a long armed body brush (this one) from the Body Shop a few years ago but find the bristles very hard so stopped using it.
I recently found a smaller one from Celluvac on Faithful to Nature (this one) and I love it! It's small, light and the bristles are much softer. They also have one with a longer handle (this one) if you prefer that.
- Most people like to do it just before showering / bathing so that you can wash off the dead skin cells
- safe to do daily but I will probably start with 3 x a week and go from there
- it is recommended to avoid areas with eczema, psoriasis, broken skin or varicose veins
- your skin may be slightly pink afterwards but it should never be red or sting. If it hurts use less pressure. Less is more here.
If you found this interesting and decided to try it for yourself please come back and share your experience and thoughts with us.
If you're not new to dry brushing and have any tips or suggestions please comment below!