Dry skin brushing is a wonderful detoxification aid as your skin is your body’s largest eliminative organ and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day (that’s why it’s also known as our third kidney). If you dry brush regularly your skin will be noticeably smoother with an improvement in colour, texture and clarity and you can improve conditions such as cellulite and water retention.
The basic tool for dry skin brushing is a firm, natural bristled, with a head about the size of the palm of the hand.
How to best use your dry skin brush:
The most effective home treatment for dry skin brushing is to brush your skin everyday before your shower or bath for approximately 5 – 10 minutes. You can use any of the following strokes, making sure you always work the strokes towards the heart:
- Brisk straight strokes, usually 15-20cm long with each stroke overlapping slightly to cover the entire area being worked on. Work in the direction towards the heart.
- Brisk circular strokes, the size of the circle dependent on the area of the body being worked on. Tiny circles for the feet, larger for the legs, larger still for the back.
Start from your feet and move upwards, using a light pressure in areas where your skin is thin (inner thighs or neck) and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.
The skin should achieve a healthy pink glow, which indicates an increased blood flow. Redness can be a sign of irritation. Before finishing showering, try alternating hot and cold to further stimulate blood flow and rev up your circulation.
Apply a good quality moisturiser or cold pressed oil like jojoba to your damp skin after getting out of the bath or shower to further promote softness, improve skin texture and cell renewal.
Clean your dry brush each week with warm soapy water and leave in the sun to dry.