How to dry body brush your way to beach-ready skin
The big question, can your skin really benefit from dry body brushing? The answer, yes! This super simple beauty hack takes less than 5 minutes and gives you smoother, brighter and softer skin!
Read on for all the reasons why you should set your alarm clock 5 minutes earlier and make dry brushing your bod a habit today.
What is dry body brushing?
Dry body brushing is exactly that, using a dry brush to brush your body. A technique that started off in spas is now something recommended to do yourself at home as part of a holistic approach to looking after your skin.
A simple but effective way to start your day while working towards your beach skin goals.
How does dry body brushing work?
Every day our bodies’ are regenerating and working to keep us healthy and balanced. Through expertly designed systems our bodies’ utilise the good and nourishing so we function optimally and get rid of waste and toxins.
Detoxification involves our skin in a big way as daily impurities are excreted through our pores, this includes cellular waste, toxins and excess minerals1. If our bodies aren’t removing waste effectively, the build-up of toxins can be seen through our skin.
Dry body brushing helps exfoliate and unclog blocked pores for healthy cell renewal, and also helps kick-start the body’s lymphatic system, which promotes the removal of these toxins and waste - greatly improving the skin’s health and appearance.
What are the benefits of dry body brushing?
Giving your body a brush in the morning helps increase blood flow to the skin’s surface, carrying with it oxygen to power your skin cells for healthy renewal.
Improves the appearance of cellulite
Orange peel happens, and it’s thought to be our hormones, particularly estrogen, that play a role in the development of these fatty deposits that push through the connective tissue beneath the skin to give that uneven appearance2. Giving your bod a dry brush helps to soften hard fat deposits and distribute them for a more even appearance.
Dry brushing in the morning will help kick-start your lymphatic system, which is your body’s network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of waste. Stimulating your lymphatic system means improved waste removal and faster removal of toxins.
Effectively, buffing your bod every morning is going to help shift dead skin cells and unblock your pores. This means your skin is perfectly primed for the maximum absorption of any nourishing body treatments for smoother skin. Dry body brushing also stimulates your skin’s oil glands, which means more moisture for vibrant looking skin.
It helps keep skin young
As we age our bodies become less effective at shedding old skin cells, which can lead to dead skin cell build-up and a leathery look. By mechanically removing the old cells by dry brushing, you’ll be preventing the build-up for younger-looking skin.
It makes you feel good
If nothing else, dry body brushing feels amazing, it stimulates your nerve endings and can be described as a mini-morning full-body massage. A great way to start the day with many skin-loving benefits as a bonus.
The best method for dry body brushing
Dry body brushing is something that should happen in the am, preferably before you shower.
Starting from your feet, brush your legs in long smooth strokes in an upward motion.
Always brush towards your heart, lymph vessels only have a one-way valve, by brushing towards to heart you’re encouraging lymphatic flow and toxin removal.
Brush your stomach and chest in a clockwise motion to stimulate digestion, and then work your arms from the hands/wrists up towards your shoulders.
When it comes to your back brush, from your neck in a downwards direction.
Shower afterwards to wash away dead skin cells!
Dos and don’ts
Do shower afterwards. Showering will wash away all those dead skin cells and toxins excreted through the skin’s surface.
Do brush your bod in the morning. The morning is when your body is winding up and ready to roll, you want to kick-start your detoxification process early. Brushing before your body enters a state of rest won’t have the same effect.
Do consult your doctor if you suffer from skin allergies, sensitive skin or are pregnant.
Don’t brush over broken or sensitive skin, this includes varicose veins, minor abrasions and sunburn.
Don’t brush for too long. Body brushing shouldn’t hurt or irritate the skin, so keep it to 5 minutes maximum. If you brush for too long, you’re more likely to irritate the skin which means you’ll have to give the next morning’s mini massage a miss.
Don’t brush your face. Exfoliating your face and neck is what Santé’s Exfoliators are for. The skin on your face is far more delicate, so keep any kind of facial exfoliation to once-a-week.
Don’t carry on body brushing if your skin reacts badly. Always listen to your skin, it knows what’s best for you.