Did you know that there an easy routine to get into before your shower that can improve the appearance of your skin, detoxify and encourage lymphatic drainage, exfoliate, reduce the appearance of cellulite AND super bonus, it helps you unwind and feels amazing. The best part is, it only requires a body brush and 10 minutes of your time every day. Some of you may already be familiar with it and would have guessed by now that we are talking about Dry Brushing. It has gained quite the cult following over the last couple of years and has created a big buzz in the beauty and wellness world so we thought we would talk you through it today.
What is dry brushing?
Dry Brushing is a technique which requires a body brush (you know the kind you can get to reach your back in the shower?). You go from toes to head, always brushing upwards towards the heart, and repeat about two/three times per area working your way up over your entire body. Do this for about 10 minutes a day on dry skin. You can also use a mixture of a botanical oil along with grapefruit essential oil. This will boost your Dry Brushing plus it smells amazing and is super moisturising.
*Grapefruit Essential Oil is a great oil to enhance metabolic function. It’s a natural tonic, astringent and a lipophilic. It helps clear out toxins and reduces water retention. Often used to accompany a weight loss program, it is also very useful to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
What does Dry Brushing do?
Dry Brushing has many benefits:
- It encourages lymphatic drainage- the lymphatic system is needed for us to combat diseases and infections. The main lymph nodes are found in the neck, under the armpits and in the groin area. This is why those areas, particularly the neck, can be swollen and tender when you are run down. That is your body reacting and fighting off the invaders. Toxins are usually drained from lymph nodes when you move around, workout and through general temperature variations that increase your blood vessels to contract and expand (natural pump). But sometimes they need a little extra help and that is when massages and dry brushing can be so useful. It helps your lymph nodes eliminate unwanted materials and toxins and drain the white blood cells that accumulate in the lymphatic system.
- It increases blood flow- dry brushing naturally increases blood flow which in turn can help reduce puffiness, especially in the legs which are easily prone to poor circulation. Increased blood flow also means reduced cellulite and smoother skin.
- It exfoliates the skin- this one is pretty straightforward but Dry Brushing will exfoliate your skin and leave it silky soft
- It helps you unwind and feel relaxed- Dry Brushing feels amazing, it helps you relax and is one of those self-care rituals that can make such a big difference.
What are the results of Dry Brushing?
This will vary greatly for each individual and how committed you are to Dry Brushing. We recommend doing it every day for 10minutes for at least 1 to 2 weeks before seeing some noticeable results. Once you do though, you won’t stop! It makes such a big difference, especially to those areas particularly prone to cellulite (legs and bum am I right?), and it is so relaxing.