There’s really nothing better than a bit of self-care to make you look and feel great. What if we told you there’s something else you could be adding into your self-care routine? It’s called dry brushing. Now, you’re probably wondering, what is dry brushing? We’re here to give you all the info on dry brushing so you can step up your self-care routine.
WHAT IS DRY BRUSHING?
This method has been used for thousands of years and was believed to come from the Ancient Egyptians who used the dry body brushing technique for soft and supple skin. Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like, brushing the skin with a coarse fibred bristle brush before a shower. The purpose of this is to exfoliate the skin and remove any dead skin cells.
One of our favourite brands is Bass Body Care and their 100% Bamboo Dry Skin Body Brush! Not only does this brush have a 100% pure bamboo wood handle, but the bristles are also 100% vegetable/plant based.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Now that we know a little bit more about what dry brushing is, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty about the benefits.
- Silky smooth skin – They exfoliate and remove dead skin cells that are on the surface of the skin. This can leave your skin feeling soft and assist in the skin renewal process.
- Help prevent ingrown hairs – As mentioned previously, dry body brushing assists in the skin renewal process, keeping the skin looking fresh which can also keep those troublesome ingrown hairs and clogged pores to rest.
- Release Toxins – Using a dry brush regularly may assist in stimulating your lymphatic nodes, vessels and glands which can aid in the body’s natural detoxification process. This in turn, can improve immune function and can help keep the skin healthy and glowing.
- Relaxation – Similar to getting a massage, dry brushing can relieve stress and make you feel more relaxed.
HOW DO YOU DRY BRUSH?
- Start at your feet and slowly work your way up the body (make sure you start with completely dry skin and consider doing this in the shower so you can easily wash off any dead skin cells)
- Brush the skin in circular motions. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, apply lighter pressure to more sensitive areas and harder pressure for thicker skin. It’s important to note that you should be avoiding brushing on any broken skin as it could cause further irritation.
- Make sure you put a hydrating moisturiser or oil on after using your body brush.
- Don’t forget to stick to a routine. Try adding this into your weekly self-care routine once or twice a week.
If you have extra sensitive skin and battle with skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis, dry brushing may not be suitable for you and could potentially irritate your skin further. ALSO brushing too hard and too often can also lead to irritated skin. Don’t go tooo crazy with that dry brush!
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