The skin is the largest organ in the body; it helps to maintain our temperature and plays a role as our first line of defence against microorganisms, bacteria and pollution from the environment. So it’s no wonder the appearance of our skin is an indication about our overall health and vitality.
Did you know that to cope with regular exposure to various toxins our skin regenerates itself approximately every 28 days? However, this process may slow as we age, or when our body’s metabolism rate begins to decrease. Which means our skin suffers, too - skin won’t heal as quickly and this can lead to signs of ageing.
Luckily, dry body brushing - also known as dry brushing - can help to improve the skin’s regeneration process and immunity of the skin, resulting in healthier, stronger skin.
A Quick History of Dry BrushingDry brushing has been practised by many cultures for centuries, from ancient Greeks to Native Americans, for health and beauty purposes. In ayurvedic medicine, dry brushing was completed every morning prior to bathing to stimulate blood circulation.
Benefits of Dry BrushingThere are lots of body benefits of regular dry brushing, including better skin complexion, softer skin, smaller pores and increased energy!
Lymphatic SupportThe lymphatic system is a major player in the body’s immune health. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and dry brushing helps to stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body, thus enhancing the body’s detoxification process.
A Natural Exfoliant & Cellulite ReducerThe process of running a firm, natural-bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating the skin. After about a week of dry brushing regularly, you will notice your skin may be much smoother and softer. You may also notice a reduction or lightening of cellulite as the skin regenerates.
Promotes Blood FlowMany people add dry brushing to their morning routine as an energy enhancer! When you dry brush, you’re stimulating the body’s circulatory system, increasing the blood flow to the heart and bringing more oxygen to your body, which leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day!
Relieves StressSimilar to massage, dry brushing helps to relieve stress, calm your body and clear your mind.
Unclogs Pores & Decongests SkinIf you have congested skin or are prone to body breakouts, long-term dry brushing may help to promote healing and reduce future flare-ups. Just make sure you do not dry brush on the infected area.
How to Dry Brush
Dry brushing can be done daily over the entire body (including your face), preferably in the morning before a shower. For the body, choose a firm, natural-bristled brush with a long handle for hard-to-reach areas. Start with a gentle brush and soft pressure and work up to a firmer brush and firmer pressure over time. For the face, you’ll want to softer, gentler soft-bristled brush designed specifically for the face. Use gentle pressure always.
Dry Brushing Instructions:
- Stand in the shower and start brushing.
- Starting at the feet, from the bottom of the feet and up to the legs in long smooth strokes.
- Always brush towards the heart/centre of the body, where the lymph system drains.
- Brush each area about 8-10 times. Remember to also brush the backs of the legs with gentle pressure.
- Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands, brushing up the arm toward the heart area, 8-10 times.
- Repeat the same process on the back.
- On the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.
- Finish at the face, gently brushing upwards with your softer-bristle brush.
- Remember to avoid the face, neck and chest areas with the firmer brush, as well as any areas of open or broken skin.
- Once your dry brushing is complete, take a refreshing bath or shower to effectively remove the dead skin.
- Pat the skin dry and apply almond or coconut oil to moisturize.
Remember, you don’t want to brush too hard! Always start with a soft and smooth stroke. Ideally, the skin will turn slightly pink and warm to the touch after brushing. It should not be burning, red or stinging after brushing. If you have sensitive skin, always start with gentle pressure and avoid sensitive areas. Do not brush on any open wounds, itchy, red or inflamed areas.