Dry body brushing is a traditional, natural health practice which focuses on brushing over dry skin followed by some form of hydrotherapy such as a shower or bath. I know you’re probably thinking you don’t have enough time to incorporate something new into your morning routine BUT I assure you, it is worth the extra 5 minutes. Now, I know this can also be done with an exfoliation glove or loofah but i’ve tried them all and personally prefer the brush!
I personally like this method because of how it makes me feel; rather than what I can see. I usually brush my skin after a workout and before a shower. I then shower as normal and use a body scrub after. Call me extra but i’m always being complimented on how soft and supple my skin is.
- Reduction in appearance of cellulite: Proper skin brushing breaks down fatty deposits and toxins in the blood stream and helps to release the waste from the body.
- Gets rid of dead skin: Body brushing sheds dead skin cells which results in brighter and smoother skin. It also helps with ingrown hairs!
- Helps with muscle tone: It gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits!
- Unclogs pores: By unclogging skin pores, you allow your skin to absorb nutrients.
How to body brush – tips and techniques
- Look for a firm bristle brush – I use a Champneys one from Boots
- Always start on dry skin, before a bath/shower – after a workout is always good!
- Start from the soles of your feet and use sweeping strokes towards the heart.
- Work the brush in sweeping upward strokes starting from the left side of the body onto the right side
- On the stomach you can use circular strokes, on the neck and chest use downward strokes towards the heart
- I recommend standing in the bath or shower as you will be shedding dead skin!
- Any body treatments you apply afterwards in the shower will penetrate better due to the fact that body brushing opens your pores!
- After body brushing, take a bath or shower, you can use a body scrub in the shower to further smooth your skin (I like Soap & Glory!).
- After bathing, use your favourite skin moisturiser or oil – Coconut oil and Shea butter are nice if you have dry skin. (Again, I like Soap & Glory!)
- You should feel the difference on your skin from the very first time.
Have you ever tried body brushing? Do you have smooth skin? What’s your favourite moisturiser? Let me know in the comments below!