Dry body brushing may not be something you usually factor into your daily shower routine, but you may want to reconsider because body brushing can transform your skin and general wellbeing, and tackle the dreaded orange peel skin known as cellulite.
Often dismissed as a celebrity fad, the ancient art of body brushing - the practice of brushing the skin once or twice daily with a soft but firm brush - improves circulation, supports the lymph system, removes dead skin cells, eliminate toxins, and can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
If you're a fan of using body scrubs, dry body brushing is the next step up, and all you need to get started is a wooden handled body brush.
“Simple and quick to perform, dry skin brushing is a fantastic wellness trick, that cleanses your body both inside and out," founder and creative director of Calmia (calmia.com), Lucy Wakefield. "The only tool you need is an inexpensive wooden handled body brush and the benefits are numerous: it exfoliates your skin so it feels as soft as a baby's, it helps detoxify by stimulating your lymphatic drainage system and increasing circulation. Plus, it works to break up fat deposits, so over time, cellulite becomes less noticeable."
Body brushing is a logical step if you're already fanatical about taking care of the skin on your face but then neglect to nurture the skin on the rest of your body.
"Many of us carefully and regularly look after the skin on our face, with daily cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising but often forget the rest of our body. And with one third of all toxins being excreted through the skin it’s an important organ to look after," Lucy continues.
“You can dry body brush every day or once a week, just before you shower. Just fit it into your routine as often as you can; if you don’t have a lot of time, just focus on an area of concern."
Celebrities such as Elle Macpherson, Cameron Diaz, and Gwyneth Paltrow swear by it to keep their skin looking smooth and glowing, but its benefits go beyond the surface.
"Additionally, the physical nature of dry brushing your skin may act to reduce muscle tension, and if performed in a quiet space, it can actually be a meditative process, calming your mind and relieving stress. Try having a session of dry skin brushing before your next relaxing bath," explains Lucy.
How to dry body brush
Using an inexpensive wooden handled body brush, brush towards the heart, starting under your feet and from there, moving upwards
Use long, straight, smooth strokes to match the sensitivity of your skin. Listen to your body.
As you are stimulating the body to release toxins, you’ll double up on the detoxifying effects if you drink plenty of clean water thereafter.
Do it in the morning before you shower as it will give you an extra boost of energy for the day.
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