Dry skin body brushing is an ancient skincare ritual, originating from Ayurvedic science and is an important part of the cleansing philosophies of this ancient Indian medicine.
Referred to as Garshana, (an ancient Sanskrit word which translates to ‘friction by rubbing), the purpose of body brushing is to massage the skin while exfoliating and improving circulation. It involves the use of a natural bristle body brush such as this one, takes only minutes and offers remarkable results. We advise choosing a brush with a long handle which allows you to reach your entire back and easily brush the bottoms of your feet. Dry body brushing should be performed daily or at least three times a week for maximum benefits.
Here are the reasons you should incorporate this natural and non invasive ritual into your life and the correct way to perform it.
1. HELPS REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE
Dry body brushing can assist with the breakdown of fatty deposits and help improve the skin’s texture by promoting circulation. It can't remove cellulite completely but will leave your skin firmer and smoother if done regularly.
2. STIMULATES CIRCULATION AND SUPPORTS NATURAL DETOXIFICATION
It stimulates and enhances blood circulation and and aids lymphatic drainage. This delivers oxygen rich blood and nutrients to all cells, promotes metabolism and helps to eliminate toxins and other waste products from the body.
3. EXFOLIATES THE SKIN
The natural bristles assist to loosen and remove dead skin cells, leaving the skin smoother and more radiant. It can also assist to remove ingrown hairs.
4. HELPS TO UNBLOCK PORES
Frequent dry body brushing can clear and open up pores which may become blocked due to dead skin cells, environmental pollutions and sweat. This will improve the absorption of nutrients, moisture and sunlight for overall well being.
5. ASSISTS WITH ENERGY LEVELS AND PROMOTES MENTAL ALERTNESS
Regular dry brushing stimulates our nerve endings which are responsible for communicating messages to the brain. This can make our body much more alert and responsive.
6. IT MAY RELIEVE STRESS AND PROMOTE A SENSE OF WELL BEING
Dry body brushing can be very therapeutic and meditative. It can ease & soothe muscle tension, while relieving stress as well. If done first thing in the morning, the effects from the massage itself, and the improved blood circulation can positively affect the rest of your day.
DRY BODY BRUSHING TECHNIQUE
Dry body brushing can be done any time of the day but the most effective time is in the morning before showering when the skin is free from lotion or oil. Stand in the bath/shower or on a towel to avoid getting flaky skin on the floor.
Always brush with upward strokes towards the heart to assist the movement of lymph in the body. Apply as much pressure as is comfortable, applying light pressure on delicate and sensitive skin and exerting more force in areas of fatty tissue and the soles of your feet.
Begin with your feet, using quick light strokes, moving up your body towards your heart, remembering to also brush the ankles and the backs of the knees with small circular strokes.
Continue brushing your arms with long strokes moving towards the heart from hands to elbows, then upper arms to shoulders. A few gentle strokes under your arms is a bonus as this area is concentrated with lymph. Again incorporate circular motions at your wrists and elbows.
Massage the abdominal area in a clockwise motion, the natural path of digestion. Use this same method while brushing the back, shoulders, hips and buttocks area. Avoid the face, neck and chest areas.
Follow with a shower to effectively remove any dead skin and residue, pat your skin dry and moisturise with your favourite body oil or lotion.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR DRY BODY BRUSH
After use, tap the brush to remove any debris. Wash the bristles weekly with a mild liquid soap and allow to air dry with the bristles facing down, ensuring you don't immerse the brush in water. Allow brush to dry completely before using again.