Forget about body scrub, dry body brushing is hot and happening and definitely worth trying!
What is dry brush exfoliation?
A dry brush exfoliation involves the use of a soft, dry, natural brush to gently brush the skin. It is used in spa's and recommended by holistic practitioners to remove dead skin cells, improve the circulation of blood and lymph, and to enhance detoxification through skin.
Your skin is the body’s largest organ and the body’s first line of defense. In addition to exercising or getting massages, skin brushing will enhance and speed up the body’s release of toxins by also encouraging exfoliation, blood circulation, and new cell growth. The purpose of dry brushing is to stimulate blood and lymph flow, and to remove toxins from the body. It can also be very relaxing. Some sources also claim that dry brushing can smooth fat deposits and reduce cellulite. YAY!
Benefits of dry body brushing
- Helps prevent premature ageing.
- Opens the pores to release stored toxins.
- Softens deposits of hard fat below the skin and prepares them for discharge.
- Allows excess fat, mucus, cellulite and toxins to actively discharge to the surface rather than to accumulate around deeper vital organs.
- Relieves stress through meditative action of rubbing the skin.
- Calms the mind.
- Helps muscle tone
- Promotes circulation.
- Activates the lymphatic system, especially when scrubbing underarms and groin.
- Creates a profound and loving relationship with the body, especially parts not often shown care, and especially for a person with body image problems.
- Reduces muscle tension.
- Reenergizes in the morning and deeply relaxes you at night.
Step-by-step guide to dry body brushing
- It’s best to dry brush first thing in the morning before you shower. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
- Use a natural bristled brush (I use a brush I purchased at The Body Shop) or a loofah as a second choice. Avoid synthetic or nylon brushes or gloves as they’re too sharp and can damage the skin.
- Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart.
- Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
- Next (using a long handle brush or get your partner to help out), brush your back.
- Last, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.
- Always shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
- Keep a separate dry brush for every member of the family, and be sure to periodically wash it.
You can brush anywhere from 2 – 20 minutes depending how much time you have, obviously the longer the better. Your skin may be a little pink afterward, but it shouldn’t hurt – if it does, you need to lay off the pressure!
- Do not brush over sunburn or inflamed or irritated skin.
- Avoid breasts & genitalia area.
- Wash brush after use to remove dead skin cells.
- Brush from your feet upward and toward your heart.
- Drink a glass of hot water and lemon to help jumpstart your digestive system.
Did any of you ever tried dry body brushing?