Hair & Beauty

The Benefits of Dry Body Brushing

By Ellie Schneider
15th Mar 2014

A simple beauty practice that exfoliates, detoxes and only takes five minutes a day? Say hello to dry body brushing. This is one natural trend that is here to stay. It's easy, effective, and boasts an abundance of health benefits—and best of all it only takes a mere five minutes out of your day.

Irene Falcone, natural skincare expert and founder of toxin-free beauty e-tailer, Nourished Life, shares the wonderful benefits of dry body brushing.

The skin is the best place to start if you are looking to take care of your health. This is because the skin is our largest organ and it absorbs up to 80% of what you put on it. Additionally, it's estimated that a third of your body's daily impurities are excreted through the skin. If your skin becomes sedentary it impairs its ability to remove toxins from the body.

The Benefits for Your Body

The gentle motion of dry body brushing activates the lymphatic system—a network of tubes that help to drain fluid and unwanted bacteria from your body. It helps to open the pores to release stored toxins and soften deposits of fat below the skin in preparation for removing them via the lymphatic system. In essence, it is a practice that clears and cleanses your body (inside and out) through a simple brushing motion! Benefits include: reducing the appearance of cellulite; improved digestion; reving up your metabolism and helping the body to rid itself of toxins; and relieves stress.

How to Dry Body Brush

The best time to body brush is right before your morning shower to invigorate you for the day ahead. And don't forget to moisturise with organic coconut oil afterwards for silky smooth skin.

Invest in a good quality, toxin-free dry body brush and set aside five minutes for yourself, every morning or evening. We love the Hydréa London brush, which is ethically sourced and vegan, made from FSC certified Beachwood and cactus plant.

Since the lymphatic system is just under the skin's surface, you don't need to apply too much pressure when you are brushing. Beginning with your feet, work your way from the bottom to the top of your body, using long, light upward strokes.

For your stomach, brush in a clockwise direction before moving to your arms, starting at the hands then up to the shoulders. Move on to your upper back and onto your décolletage before finishing at your heart, which is scrubbed in an anti-clockwise motion. Brush each area about four or five times before moving on to the next area and always remember to brush towards your heart.

Try body brushing for a couple weeks to see if it makes a difference to how you both look and feel—it may very well find its way to becoming a permanent fixture in your daily beauty routine.

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