Health and Nutrition

Dry body brushing

Dry body brushing

Dry body brushing has its roots in Ayurvedic medicine, it involves gently brushing the skin with a firm, bristled brush – (both your skin and the brush are completely dry). It is designed to stimulate the lymphatic system, exfoliate the skin, enhance blood circulation and is invigorating and energising.

Dry body brushing technique:

The best time to dry body brush is right before a shower, preferably in the morning. How often you brush can depend on personal preference — some people love to body brush daily, but others once or twice a week is all they need. If you have sensitive skin or are just starting out, I would recommend body brushing just once per week.

When dry body brushing, always use upward strokes, toward your heart. This technique is said to help support the body’s natural circulation and lymphatic system.

Remember not to use too much pressure, make sure you only brush lightly on delicate areas, avoiding particularly sensitive areas, as well as any broken or inflamed skin. It is totally normal for some redness to occur after brushing due to the increased circulation.

Steps:

1. Brush from the top of your feet to your thighs and buttocks. Include a few short strokes behind your knees.

2. Moving up the body, brush your arms, moving in strokes from hands to elbows, then upper arms to shoulders. You can also gently brush underneath your arms.

3. Next, gently brush your chest, stomach, back and shoulders. Generally, dry body brushing is not recommended for the face and neck since these areas are so delicate and sensitive.

Follow with a shower to wash away any dead skin and impurities, then apply your favourite body lotion to help lock in moisture and keep your freshly exfoliated skin feeling soft and smooth.

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