If you have been keeping your eye on the beauty scene, it is possible that you have heard of dry brushing. It is a simple wellness trick that you can perform to give your skin a radiant glow. The best part? It takes only five minutes a day and will bring you a number of benefits that would make you wonder why you have not started on it earlier. Read on and find out more with our easy guide to dry brushing.
How Does it Work?
Being the largest organ of the human body, your skin is tasked to help your body rid one-third of the toxins it has by the method of elimination. This means that toxins from your body are excreted through your skin, more specifically, through the pores.
By dry brushing your skin, you would be exfoliating your skin and removing dead skin cells, unclogging the pores and enhancing the toxin excretion process.
How Do You Dry Brush?
Get yourself a natural bristle brush with a long handle. You would want to be able to reach all areas of your body with ease. A firm brush is more ideal for use on the back, arms, legs and bottom of feet. A small soft bristle brush would be ideal for use on the face.
Begin your dry brushing journey in the shower or bathtub. They are one of the best places, where you are able to remove your dead skin with the ease of cleaning up right after the exfoliating session.
Start from bottom up, from your feet, moving up your legs in long, gentle circular motions. Brush the same area several times, overlapping as you go, like you would for exfoliating. Do keep in mind that you should always brush from the bottom to the top, keeping the circulating motions in the direction towards your heart.
You may experience some ticklish sensations at your delicate areas, like the underarms, neck and breast areas. Don’t worry, the sensitivity would lessen with more sessions of dry brushing.
Once you have completed brushing, hop right in to a shower. Alternate the water temperature to stimulate blood circulation. Once you are done, gently pat dry and moisturise your skin with your favourite lotion or natural oil, like coconut oil, lavender oil or rose hip oil, which are all known to help you achieve radiant skin. It is advised to work this lovely routine into your daily shower regime for that silky smooth skin that you have been dreaming of.
For the dry brushing of your face, do use a soft bristle brush and start gently from chin to forehead. Remember, brush from the bottom to the top, keeping the circulating motions in the direction towards your heart.
To care for your brush, follow the instructions on their respective packaging or simply wash it with soap and warm water at least once a week. Leave it to dry thoroughly to prevent the growth of mould and bacteria on the brush.
What are the Benefits?
Now, apart from the mentioned benefits of ridding dead skin cells and enhancing the excretion of toxins from your body, there are many other benefits when you dry brush.
Your pores are the like the entrances and exits of your body. As much as they excrete toxins, your unclogged pores would help your skin absorb the nutrients that you apply. That means you are maximising the absorption of those expensive oils and creams that you have bought to pamper your skin.
If you have any area that has been troubling you with cellulite, dry brushing is here to help break it down. Watch that cottage-cheese-like dimpling diminish, as you brush those trapped toxins in your fat cells away.
Improves Lymphatic System
Responsible for a large component of the body’s immune system is the lymphatic system. It constitutes white blood cells and the interstitial fluid that brings nutrients to our cells and removes waste. Lymph nodes, blood vessels, ducts and organs act as the transportation. As the lymph vessels are right below your skin, dry brushing would enhance the flow and help your body detox more efficiently. This process also helps to forestall those pesky and unsightly varicose veins.
Invigorates & Tones Skin
Love the spa treatments? Well, dry brushing is a form of such full-body massages that you can perform at home. Simply include a scented candle or essential oil burner into your shower regime and enjoy the calming and meditative process. It has been shown to reduce tension in the muscles and bring calmness to the mind. It is no surprise that dry brushing your body would leave you feeling good. With better blood circulation, you may find yourself feeling invigorated and rejuvenated, right from the first session. All these benefits are yours to indulge in with the bonus of it being right in the ease and comfort of your home. Give dry brushing a go today.