Dry brushing has been in the spot light recently and lots of people are talking about it.
Have you heard about it?
It is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic technique used on your (dry) skin with a bristle brush that is said to have numerous benefits for your skin and over all health.
Most of us tend to spend lot of time taking care of our the skin on our face, cleansing, toning and moisturising it, but how often do you pay attention to the rest of your skin?
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it plays a huge role in helping us eliminate toxins and waste. That is a pretty important job if you ask me. So we should be doing everything we can to help it out.
This is the type of brush you'd use for dry skin brushing. It is made to be used on DRY skin (hence why it is called dry skin brushing! Who'd have thought?) so it is best to do it right before your shower first thing in the morning.
Make sure you use a brush with natural bristles because the synthetic ones will scratch your skin and could irritate it more.
What are some of the benefits of dry brushing?
- It is great for your general circulation, helping blood flow around the body
- It is a gentle way to exfoliate your skin and get rid of dead skin cells on the surface
- It stimulates your lymphatic system (which helps out body detoxify) which is key to detoxifying out body
- Improves skin muscle tone and texture
- It's said to also reduce cellulite
- Helps break down unwanted toxins and fats that sit under the skin
- Aids in opening up your pores, allowing your body to excrete more efficiently and absorb nutrients more effectively too
- Feels rejuvenating for you body, down to a cellular level
- Said to help bloating and digestion problems by massaging the lymphatic system
- Feels like a whole body massage and in the process it activates your meridians and acupressure points
- Leaves your skin looking and feeling silky smooth
How do I use a dry brush?
Here are a few things to take note of:
- Make sure you brush on DRY skin. I recommend doing it right before your shower in the morning.
- Aim to do it every morning and make it part of your daily routine.
- Try brushing for 4-5 minutes. When you first start, you might only do 3 minutes but you can increase this with time.
- Start off at a comfortable pressure and you can increase this as you get used to the feeling.
- Always start at your feet and work up towards your heart in circular movements.
- Drink a glass of water afterwards to keep up your hydration and try adding a squeeze of lemon to this water to give your liver an extra boost.
- Don't dry brush the skin on your face.
- Avoid simply scrubbing your skin and do not brush over any wounds or overly sensitive areas where you may have eczema etc.
- Your skin should be slightly pink afterwards.
- It's best to not share your dry brush with anyone else in the family.
- Wash your brush about twice a week with shampoo and then leave it out to dry.
Give dry brushing a try and notice the difference it makes to your skin.