I know I've covered dry body brushing on the blog before, but as we move into warmer weather and my skin is coming out of winter hibernation, dry body brushing is more important than ever! Now I'm guilty of neglecting my skin during colder months as it's easy to hide it under many winter layers, but now I'm starting to pull my summer clothes out, it's important to ensure your skin is looking its best! As well as being a great way to relax and prep your body before a bath or shower, there are many amazing benefits to dry body brushing and I wanted to share some of my favourites with you!
One of the important benefits of dry body brushing is exfoliation. It's a fantastic way of getting rid of dead skin cells and help your skin really glow! As we age our skin becomes less effective in riding itself of dead skin, so exfoliating becomes extra important! Dry body brushing has a huge list of benefits for your skin and circulatory system. It promotes blood flow to the heart by stimulating your skin and the capillaries that lie beneath it. Dry body brushing may also help to clear pores and remove any toxins that shouldn't be found in your body! Clear pores also means any moisturiser or oils you apply afterwards will sink deeper and work like magic to give you amazing, smooth, supple skin!
After exfoliating with a dry body brush, I love using a scrub in the shower to really get rid of dead skin! We have a great range at Nourished Life to choose from. One of my favourites is Weleda's Birch Body Scrub. Not only does it contain birch which is a fantastic way to improve the smoothness and suppleness of skin, but it also works hand in hand with dry body brush to help skin tone and reduce cellulite! If you want to find out more about the magic of birch, check out this blog post I recently wrote about the benefits of birch!
Cellulite is something most of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives, so why not take one simple step to help prevent it! Dry body brushing helps break down fatty deposits within the skin, releasing waste and reducing the appearance of cellulite. It does this by stimulating circulation and eliminating excess fluid which can make skin appear lumpier. So simple and effective! If you want to learn more about how to reduce the appearance of cellulite, check out this blog post I wrote on the natural way to banish cellulite!
Lymph is slow moving fluid in your body which removes toxins and waste from your internal systems and returns it to your blood stream. While every day functions such as exercise, breathing and blood circulation all assist in the lymphatic process, dry body brushing is a great way to give it a boost and get your body looking and feeling better! Dry body brushing helps the process of eliminating waste in the body by using lymphatic stimulation. The lymphatic system relies on manual stimulation to encourage blood flow. When you use a dry body brush over your skin in circular motions, you are encouraging this blood flow and ridding the body of any toxins that have built up.
How do you use a dry body brush?
So now that you know the benefits, how do you actually use a dry body brush? Well it's very easy! All you will need is a dry body brush and five minutes before a shower! Starting at the soles of your feet, use the brush in quick, long upwards strokes. After brushing your lower body, move on to your arms and hands. Then use the brush over your back, abdomen, chest and neck. Make sure to avoid your face (it's too sensitive) and have a shower after you use the dry body brush to wash off all the dead skin! Afterwards apply your favourite moisturiser and enjoy the feeling of beautifully clear and moisturised skin.
Which dry body brush do I recommend?
Here at Nourished Life, we not only have an amazing Hydrea Dry Skin Body Brush but we also have a great range body scrubs which will work in tandem with your Dry Body Brush to leave your skin looking and feeling supple and smooth!
The Hydrea Dry Skin Body Brush is made with fine plant bristles which works effectively to remove any dead skin while still feeling gentle and not scratchy! This brush is so easy to use and may help improve the lymphatic system, exfoliate skin, improve circulation and boost energy levels. What's not to love!