Body Brushing – Why now is a great time to start
It looks scandinavian, with its timber handle and natural bristles which may be why it adorns bathroom shelves in any high class home design magazine. But these brushes are more than just a fancy decoration. Dry body brushing is pretty popular right now and we’re not surprised when you see the benefits of incorporating this to your daily routine.
The largest organ in your body (your skin) deserves some extra care and attention so it’s worth the extra 5 minutes in the morning to look after it.
What got me hooked on dry brushing was that I could have smoother, softer skin and at the same time, help detoxify my body by assisting lymphatic drainage. If the lymph system becomes congested it can lead to inflammation and illness.
It also feels amazing and so does your skin afterwards. Give it a try for a week and I’m sure you’ll be hooked too.
So what is the correct way to body brush?
First you need the right equipment.
A good quality body brush should have moderate to firm bristles which will help to remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood circulation. You can choose from natural fibres such as boar hair or if you prefer a non-animal product, go with a Sissal brush which is made from cactus fibres.
Dry body brushing helps keep pores clear and is particularly good for use on dry skin that needs to be exfoliated regularly. Best of all it only takes a few minutes to do it.
As the name suggests, Dry Body Brushing should be done when your skin is dry. Make sure both your skin and brush are dry before you start. Hold the brush in your hand and stroke your body with the brush in an upward movement using light strokes. Always stroke towards major lymph nodes in the body. These are found in the groin, armpits and base of neck. Its best to start at your legs and work your way up the body, adjusting pressure accordingly. Follow dry body brushing with bath or shower and finish off with organic body oil or your favourite all over body moisturiser.
Here are some of the other benefits of dry body brushing: –
Helps stimulate skin microcirculation
Keeps pores clear
Smoother softer skin
Detoxifies the lymphatic system
Quick and easy
Improves Moisture absorption into skin
Of course we recommend using sustainable brushes like the ones from Meeka Body. They are Australian made, they come in a range of sizes and fibres including the very popular boar hair or sisal vegan variety. Their handles are all made from FSC certified timber and made under fair trade conditions. They also have a long handled variety which is perfect for reaching your back.
And if you want to leave it to the experts, we’ve incorporated dry brushing in our Detox Clay Cocoon Treatment along with a gorgeous clay wrap to soothe and nourish your skin as well as a full body massage which assists your skin to absorb our organic massage oils.