The lowdown on dry body brushing
You may have heard the term ‘dry body brushing’ before. It’s a technique that’s gained some popularity over the last few years after Miranda Kerr, one of the best bodies in the business, declared her love for it. The term ‘dry’ doesn’t normally mean a good thing when it comes to the body and skin, but you may be surprised once you learn a bit more about this technique…
What is dry body brushing?
Dry body brushing is when you use a wooden-handled brush (often found at health food stores) to brush the surface of the skin all over the body while it’s completely dry.
What are the benefits of dry body brushing?
- Dry body brushing has many benefits including:
- Helping to increase circulation to the skin, which in turn helps to break down unwanted toxins that cause cellulite.
- Rejuvenating the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings.
- Improving muscle tone by helping to evenly distribute fat deposits.
- Leaving skin smoother and brighter by shedding dead skin cells.
- Strengthening the immune system by improving blood circulation.
What do I need to start dry body brushing?
The only thing you need is a natural bristle brush. (The bristles should not be made from synthetic materials or nylon).
How do I do it?
Start with completely dry skin. Using gentle circular upward motions begin brushing from the soles of the feet up towards the heart. Follow the circular motions with longer, sweeping strokes, still in an upward direction to encourage lymphatic fluid towards the heart. The only area you shouldn’t use upwards motions is the back. Instead, use downward motions from the neck down to the lower back. Be cautious of sensitive or softer areas of the skin and never brush over any skin injuries such as sunburn, sores or cuts. Once finished, you can apply a moisturiser or body oil to nourish the skin.
Top tip: You can dry body brush before or after a shower. Most prefer to do it before to wash off any dead skin cells and impurities.
Have you ever tried dry body brushing? Did you know this technique had so many benefits?