Having been a fan of dry skin brushing since I trained as a therapist, back in the day, I thought I would write a quick post on why it is so beneficial. Most of us like to try and improve how we look and feel in our own bodies for summer, and by slotting body brushing into your routine, it will help give you and your body a real boost!
Dry Skin Brushing (or ‘body brushing’)
Okay, so why body brushing when you can use an exfoliation product in the shower? Because not only does it benefit the skin, but it can also aid our overall body health. I use my trusty old Elemis detox brush but there are plenty of different brands and types out there on the market. You can use rubberised massage tools if you are super sensitive and want to focus just on circulation and lymph drainage, but the natural stiff bristles of a brush, perform a better job on the skin.
Skin.. it’s our largest body organ, so we should take care of it, and not just our face. Skin plays a big part in detoxifying our bodies, eliminating acid waste through our sweat. Dry skin brushing before a shower or bath, helps boost the Lymphatic system ; the organs that process toxins. These toxins pass through the blood and are filtered by the Lymph nodes and Kidneys, then exit the body through urine/sweat. A build up of toxins can cause sluggish systems, tight muscles and headaches, hence why I’m getting back into dry brushing more regularly. Further bonus effects of skin brushing, are that it can help reduce stress and boost energy levels.
Above image c/o Pexel
I’d recommend trying to go for a body brush with a long, detachable handle, if you can. A long handle makes it easier to get to those hard to reach places, and is especially helpful for those with chronic pain or mobility issues. Minus the handle, and holding the brush in your hand, this allows the ability to alter pressure and strokes, according to your needs.
If you are self tan advocate, skin brushing will slough away dead cells, giving skin a renewed, glowing look. Brushing will help prep skin for faux tan application, yet it will also help get rid of those pesky patches that build up as a tan product is wearing off. Dry skin brushing also helps tighten and tone the skin, so good for those of with signs of ageing and slackening of the skin.
Benefits of dry skin brushing :
- Sloughs off dry, dead skin cells
- Helps reduce the appearance of cellulite
- Stimulates hormone and oil producing glands
- Aids the digestive system
- Tones muscles
- Improves blood flow and cleanses the lymphatic system
- Helps to tone skin and delay signs of ageing
- Increase of energy
Use a dry brush before your shower or bath starting from the feet up, using fairly brisk, short brush strokes upwards over the skin. Always work in direction towards the heart, and outwards to the lymph nodes. Sweep up the legs, paying attention to thighs, hips and buttocks, as this tends to be where cellulite builds up. Use more gentle, circular strokes over the stomach, then up over the torso (but not the breasts), and using a handle..up the back. Down the neck and across the shoulders, then from the hands, upwards on the arms towards the pits. Once out of the shower or bath, apply your chosen body lotion or butter, and moisturise the skin well.
If you can’t skin brush everyday, aim for around 3-4 times a week, (maybe 1-2 if you have super sensitive skin). Using dbody brushing as part of a beauty/selfcare routine, will benefit the body helping to flush out toxins, boost energy and skin will look and feel better. Feeling better about how our bodies look and feel, helps boost confidence, which should enable us to head into summer feeling good. I’m all for a little help on that front!
Are you a fan of skin brushing? or were you unaware it could be so beneficial?