Dry brushing is a massage technique that has been known for centuries.
It consists in brushing the body via a series of specific movements using a natural hair bristle brush.
OK. So put like that it might not be the most appealing kind of massage in the world.
But the list of the benefits is quite impressive. And after a few days you will definitely love it!
What is dry brushing?
It’s a massage you can do at home that has detoxifying, energising and exfoliating benefits.
It also helps beat cellulite and boost your mood.
All this thanks to a simple-brushing-action. Yep, that’s right.
Not convinced yet?
It only takes 5 minutes and it doesn’t cost anything because you can do it in the comfort of your own home.
What are the benefits of dry brushing?
Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system and micro-circulation of the blood.
It doesn’t just get things going, it also promotes the elimination of stagnant substances and toxins, oxygenising the body (with immediate positive effects both inside and out).
It has a powerful detoxifying effect as it boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation. And it is also very energising.
Brushing also helps glands to work more efficiently and helps to stabilise hormone levels.
The bristles of the brush get rid of dead cells leaving skin immediately feeling silky soft, looking more consistent in colour and glowing. The deep and constant exfoliation stimulates the regeneration of the skin cells, tones the skin’s texture and reduces that orange peel effect.
Dry brushing: when to do it and which brush to use
As this is a stimulating and energising massage, it’s best to try for at leat 5-10 minutes in the morning, before showering, on dry skin. For the best results dry brushing should become part of your daily routine, it’s also going to wake you up more than a coffee and is a natural mood lifter.
It’s essential to get a great brush with natural bristles. The best ones are made with cactus and agave (which is stronger) but there are also natural bristles options (which are softer).
Dry brushing: how to brush your whole body
Firstly, the brush should be used delicately: the objective is to stimulate the skin with decisive movements, not to stretch! The Harder is not the better, in this case!
Every brushing action should be repeated in the same area 7 times, with linear movements.
However, ankles, knees, wrists, elbows, shoulders, arm pits and stomachs should be brushed in circular clockwise strokes.
Start from the feet with upward brushing movements.
Move from the base to the back and work your way up to the calves and thighs starting with the left side then moving to the right side.
After that, move to the arms, shoulders, stomach and back.
After all this brushing, you can ready to get under the water!
To see maximum results, massage some natural oil into your skin before getting in the shower. This will make your skin feel ultra silky and hydrated for the whole day.
To keep brushes clean and make them last longer, wash them with natural tea tree detergent after use.
This will also ensure that bacteria doesn’t get trapped in the bristles.