Dry body brushing: the low down
〰️ A how to guide
You’ll have soft smooth skin in no time.
I love dry body brushing as part of my daily routine. Dry body brushing is using a body brush in sweeping motions over your body.
Personally, I like to do it first thing in the morning before my shower as I find it invigorating and helps wake me up however you can really do it at any time of day. As the name implies, your skin needs to be dry with moisturising best done afterwards. If like me you are dry body brushing before a shower then wait till you’ve towel dried to moisturise.
Does dry body brushing get rid of cellulite?
It doesn’t get rid of it. Some people say it has helped to reduce it but it’s not a silver bullet.
Do you have to shower after dry body brushing?
No, just make sure you aren’t using body oils and moisturiser until after your shower if you choose to.
What are the benefits?
Dry body brushing opens the pores of your skin and removes dead skin cells, acting as an exfoliant. Hello, silky smooth skin.
It stimulates and increases cell production giving your skin a healthy glow. Yes, please.
Increases blood flow, stimulating the lymphatic system which releases stored toxins and better absorb nutrients. Bye, bye toxins!
How many times a week should you dry body brush?
As much as you want! The more you do, the more you’ll see a benefit. I personally like to dry body brush each day, others prefer a couple of times a week.
To do it yourself, start at your feet and brush upward towards the heart in long firm strokes. Brushing towards the heart encourages lymph flow to the main lymphatic ducts. Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. For the stomach, work in a clockwise pattern.
Use softer strokes and less pressure where the skin is thinner and use more pressure where the skin is tougher, such as the thighs and buttocks
What not to do
Avoid on sensitive skin, sunburnt skin, varicose veins, open wounds, inflamed skin or painful rashes.
Ask your doctors advice if you’re pregnant as it is detoxifying.
Stroking away from the heart places a strain on the lymph vessels, as they have one-way valves.
Brush your face, genitals or breasts.