For those of you who have read my other beauty reviews and stories you will know I try to use products in my skin care routine which are as natural as possible. Having good skin is like having an excellent canvas. After all, the skin is our biggest organ.
WHAT IS DRY BODY BRUSHING?
I recently picked up a bamboo dry body brush, which had been on my list for a long time to try. I got this one for under $20 at the local health food store, but you can also order them online. As long as the bristles are made of a natural fibre, you are onto a winner. Using the brush, you scrub before heading into the shower.
WHY DRY BODY BRUSH?
Dry body brushing opens the pores to release toxins, promoting circulation to activate the lymphatic system assisting it to process the lymph fluids. Basically this means that those toxins can be processed through the liver and the waste can be eliminated properly, rather than sticking around.
The lymphatic system does not have its own ‘pump’ like the heart does, so stimulating it through muscle stimulation via exercise and massage help get it working.
Brushing also helps stimulate circulation. If you have bad circulation you may experience varicose veins, water retention and fatigue. By massaging the skin the brush stimulates blood flow which in turn activates oil and sweat glands moisturising the skin.
Body brushing is known to help target cellulite as well, which is caused by lack of blood flow and lymph drainage leading to fluid retention and toxin build-up in fat cells. This build-up stiffens the septa (connective tissue) which then pushes down fat leading it to break through the dermis giving the dimple like effect which no one wants.
It also probably goes without saying that using the brush exfoliates the skin to prevent ingrown hairs and remove dead skin cells, naturally leading to smoother skin with a more even tone.
HOW TO BRUSH
Brush in a circular motion from left to right, starting from the soles of the feet moving up toward the heart- likewise from the palms along the arms to the heart (the same direction the lymph fluid travels). Don’t brush too hard, then jump in the shower/ steam room and later moisturise with a good oil like coconut.
Rinse the brush with hot water regularly to get rid of dead skin cells and make sure that the brush is left to dry properly. You can also spray a little Tea Tree Oil spray once a week to kill off any bacteria.
THE ADDED BENEFITS OF DRY BODY BRUSHING
Dry body brushing is a calming way to start the day- weather you do it for a few minutes or up to 20. I guess the main thing is that it means you are spending time massaging, invigorating and caring for your body, which is a positive promotion of self love and appreciation.
If you don’t feel very comfortable in your own skin, (at least this is how I have felt in the past), learning to look after it, and yourself is a really important step into letting those body hangups go. Now, don’t get me wrong, you aren’t going to suddenly have a Miranda Kerr like body, but it is a good step toward that glowing, healthy skin. Trust me people notice. If you have ever had someone notice your tan (lack there of or faux) it is evidence that healthy glowing skin does not go unnoticed.
Combine body brushing, or exfoliation in general (remember my last post testing out the fun natural coffee scrub Frank?) with drinking water throughout the day, eating healthily and regular exercise and you are looking after yourself. Probably don’t scrub if you have weak skin (I am NOT recommending this to anyone who is suffering from sunburn, or say my Nanna who has super weak skin), to prevent unnecessary damage.
Respecting yourself is a really valuable place to start in gaining respect from others, and encouraging this of others toward themselves too.
Have you ever tried dry body brushing? Is it something that you do regularly? Has it become a morning ritual for you?
Please let us know below if you have found any benefits.