Dry Skin Brushing is an ancient technique that can be used to detoxify skin, move lymphatic fluids and exfoliate. Most beauty therapists know this technique and I was amazed to see that Mishka Patel, Miss SA finalist also believes that his technique assists with the fight against cellulite.
Dry Skin Brushing is an inexpensive and easy therapy that will improve your health, skin and weight. I bought my brush from Woolworths!
Your skin plays an important role as it helps your body to eliminate toxins. And just look at this list of benefits:
- Helps shed dead skin cells to improve skin texture
- Increases circulation and stimulates your lymph system
- Reduces cellulite
- Strengthens the immune system
- Stimulates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
- Tones muscles and tightens skin
Plus, as if all of those benefits aren’t enough, it just feels great.
Read on to find out how to get started!
- Get a natural bristle brush or loofah. The long handle of the brush assists that I don’t miss any spots on my back. If your skin is extra-sensitive, look for a brush or loofah that’s on the softer side—you should be able to graduate to a stiffer brush eventually if you think your skin will respond well.
- Brush once a day, preferably in the morning. This is especially important if you have trouble sleeping—I find Dry Skin Brushing to be so invigorating and stimulating that I doubt I’d be able to fall asleep if I brushed around bedtime.
- Brush immediately before a shower or bath. When you brush your skin, you remove dead skin cells—you’ll definitely want to rinse those off! (It may go without saying, but…you should also be dry. Hence “Dry Skin Brushing.”)
- Always brush toward the heart. Some people recommend long, smooth brush strokes. Remember to always brush towards your heart.
- Start with the top of your feet and brush up your legs (front and back), include shins, calves, inner and outer legs, buttocks, hips, abdomen and low back.
- Then brush your abdomen, up to your chest (do not brush breasts).
- For your arms, start with your fingertips up to your shoulders (front and back of arms) and brush towards the body.
- Brush your neck, shoulders and chest, downward towards your heart. Reach around and get as much of the back of your neck, shoulders and upper back (still brushing down).
- Cover each area with long brush strokes up to 7 times.
- When in doubt, always brush towards your heart.
- Avoid sensitive areas and broken skin. Dry Skin Brushing shouldn’t irritate your skin—you also want to avoid brushing with too much pressure. If it hurts, you’re brushing too hard (or your skin is too sensitive for the brush you’re using).
- Rinse off in the shower. Some people suggest turning the water from hot to cold in three cycles to further stimulate your skin, but it’s not necessary.
- Pat dry and apply your favourite moisturiser.
- Wash your brush with soap and water once a week.
That’s it! The entire Dry Skin Brushing process (not including the shower and moisturising) should take about 5 minutes, unless you want to spend some extra time on areas with cellulite. Will you try this Dry Skin Brushing technique?
For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, perform Dry Skin Brushing daily for a minimum of three months.