How to dry brush and why it works wonders for your skin
-Mar 12, Hannah Hargrave, Beauty -
Cleanse, tone, moisturise and dry brush? You might feel like bristles should be reserved for your hair, teeth – or the dog – but giving your body the once over using this popular spa technique can detoxify, exfoliate and even help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
While dry brushing is regularly found on spa menus, it’s not something many people think about doing at home, but just a few minutes per day can improve your skin for life. And, beauty insiders swear by it. Suddenly it sounds more appealing!
What Exactly is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing isn’t hiding behind smoke and mirrors, it is what is says it is. It’s quite simply the process of brushing your skin using a special body brush.
How Does it Work?
It goes without saying that dry brushing exfoliates the skin by removing dry, dead skin, but it works wonders for the inside of your body too. In a similar vein to massaging, dry brushing kickstarts your lymphatic system and helps remove toxins from your body.
It also unclogs your pores so your skin can breathe easier and the process smooths out the appearance of cellulite too.
What Sort of Brush Should You Use?
It’s recommended you use a long handled brush for those hard-to-reach places like your back. But you can also buy smaller brushes for your face too. Make sure the bristles are firm and natural. Synthetic bristles won’t cut it. Zen Me’s Vitality Brush is made from boar bristles and is perfect for polishing up your skin.
How Do I Dry Brush?
There’s nothing fancy or difficult about dry brushing, in fact it really couldn’t be simpler.
Most professionals suggest doing it in the morning pre-shower, so standing in your shower before you turn on the water might be the perfect time and place to do it. Start at the bottom and work your way up using long sweeping motions towards the heart. Brush over the same areas several times, but avoid scrubbing. On your tummy you can use circular, clockwise movements. Once you’re brushed from your toes to your top – be careful of the more sensitive areas like your stomach and chest. Have a shower, pat yourself dry and moisturise with a cream or oil.
You can absolutely use Lumity facial oil on your body as well as your face.
How Often Should I Dry Brush?
Try to dry brush once a day for between three and five minutes and you’ll soon notice the difference.
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