Who doesn’t want beautiful, smooth skin? We certainly do!
Did you know that the skin is the largest organ of the human body? As we all know, our skin needs care and attention. Instead of just lathering it in creams and potions, there is a much simpler way to keep your skin bright and refreshed and it is natural and inexpensive. It is so popular that it is now being offered at many top spas all over the world.
Yes, we’re talking about dry brushing. Dry brushing is by no means a new innovation, but it has gained a new popularity in recent years and not without reason. Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like - it is the process of using a simple natural bristled skin brush to brush the skin, removing dead skin and toxins. Nice!
We can only imagine that dry brushing will only gain in popularity, and rightly so as it is not often that something so simple can produce such beautiful results. Try it and find out for yourself!
Even if all dry brushing did was rid us of our dead skin, that would be all we needed to know to pick up a body brush occasionally. When we found out it was good for even more than that, we knew we had to include it in our daily skin care ritual! We have no doubt you’ll be tempted too once you check out some of the benefits below.
The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.
We find that dry brushing is the ultimate and most natural way to exfoliate and leave your skin beautiful, smooth and soft. The exfoliation can be very noticeable the first time you use a dry brush. It is equally slightly disgusting and at the same time very satisfying to see all the dead skin that is removed!
Clean and Minimize Pores
Dry brushing is the best way to unclog pores. When we think of pores, we usually only think of our face and neglect the rest of our body which can benefit from a regular unclogging. The brushing process is the perfect way to unclog and allow our body to be able to absorb more nutrients. It is also known to minimize the pores on your face – this can’t be a bad thing!
Though the evidence is anecdotal, there have been many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helped their cellulite. People have claimed that after brushing their skin is soft and slightly tighter.
Many people, us included, report a natural energy boost after dry brushing. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. Any extra help waking up in the morning is something we will say yes too!
How to dry brush
We love to dry body brush daily before we shower. If you want quicker results, you can begin by brushing twice a day for 30 days and then maintain your results by brushing once a day.
When you first start, use a soft and gentle pressure, working up to firmer pressure over time. Take care of any areas that are sensitive, such as your face or any broken skin.
Always brush towards the centre of the body, beginning with the bottoms of your feet and working up your legs. Work your way upwards along your body with each motion moving towards your heart. We like to use long brush strokes, generally brushing each area of the skin 10 times.
When you reach your heart/chest area, repeat the same process with your arms, starting on the palms of your hands and working your way back to your heart.
Then your face to your heart.
On your stomach and armpits, brush in a circular motion.
After you have brushed your entire body, jump in the shower. To help stimulate blood flow, it is ideal to try and alternate between cold water and water that is bearably hot. After your shower, gently pat yourself dry.
We love to apply coconut oil once we are dry for a lovely silky finish and skin that glows - did we mention it smells delicious and summery too!
Replace your brush every 6-12 months as the bristles will eventually wear out. We also recommend washing the brush every few weeks to remove dead skin cells.