You’ve heard the term and you’ve seen the tools – we bring you the low down on dry body brushing.
What is it?
Dry body brushing the simple process of brushing your skin with a (dry) brush designed for this purpose. Doing it every day (in the correct way) is believed to help increase circulation and decrease cellulite.
What are the benefits?
The most obvious benefit of dry brushing is exfoliation. Brushing sloughs off dry and dead skin cells, leaving your skin more radiant and even. Plus, it opens the pores, allowing your moisturisers and body oils to be absorbed better (which allows for more hydration).
Dry brushing is also believed to have detoxifying properties. Similarly to a massage, the pressure against your skin helps move lymph fluid into your lymph nodes, while eliminating waste. Essentially, it lets your lymphatic system release toxins that can then be transported out of your body, and allow it to function better.
Though there is no scientific evidence to prove it works 100%, it’s also believed that you can reduce cellulite by dry brushing every day. Cellulite is a toxic substance that lives in the body’s fat cells. As dry brushing helps remove toxins from the body and improves circulation, it’s shown to noticeably improve the appearance of cellulite and dimply skin.
How should you do it?
The only tool you’ll need for this is the actual brush itself. Be sure to buy one with natural bristles instead of synthetic ones, and make sure that the bristles are stiff (without being too hard). Start at your ankles and work your way up your legs, your stomach and back, and finally your arms and chest area.
Brush your skin in long upward strokes towards your heart (lymphatic fluid flows towards your heart, so you want to brush in the same direction). Avoid rubbing too hard and don’t brush back and forth.
Where can I get a brush?
Body brushes are available at most health shops, including larger ones like Wellness Warehouse – shop around until you find one that fits comfortably in your hand.
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I find that dry brushing leaves my skin feeling very sensitive and irritable (I’ve tried a variety of brushes, synthetic and natural bristles) so instead, I use the wooden massagers that have nodes sticking out like thumbs and give myself a massage with that, followed by a light exfoliation with a scrub.
I need to invest in a body brush :)
I have used my Sh’zen oval rough and smooth sponge for two years and what a difference it makes to your skin appearance.
I use the Sh’Zen dual sided black sponge. I use it dry to get a very stimulating scrub. I also use it wet in the shower and as a result not only is it great for cellulite, but it exfoliates and prevents ingrown hairs.