Like consuming copious volumes of hot lemon water, or ingesting collagen, dry body brushing is the sort of wellness activity most of us pick up with good intentions - often as part of our New Year’s resolutions - but are quick to forget about. There’s a good chance we all probably have a dust-laden body brush forgotten in the Narnia-esque abyss that our beauty cupboards often become.
Well, it’s time to dig through that cupboard and unearth that body brush. As it turns out, dry body brushing actually offers some pretty remarkable results and it only takes minutes, so really, there is no excuse.
“Dry brushing is the process of using a brush with stiff bristles against the skin,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D. As we grow older, our skin becomes less efficient at shedding layers of dead skin cells, which is where dry brushing steps in. “It helps exfoliate dead cells from the skin surface and enhance blood flow.” With its superior exfoliation capabilities, a quick brush is fantastic at keeping pesky, ingrown hairs and clogged pores at bay. That's not all, though, because regular exfoliation primes your skin to absorb the ingredients from body creams and serums much more effectively.
Additionally, while dry body brushing won't completely rid your legs of cellulite, it brings freshly oxygenated blood to the skin’s surface, and can contribute to the even distribution of fat deposits under the skin. And if you stick to it, it's proven to give your limbs better tone and elasticity, and a smoother, firmer look and feel.
Most importantly, however, it stimulates drainage from the lymphatic system, helping your body to metabolise toxins more efficiently. This can not only boost your immune system but can also immensely benefit people suffering from fatigue, insomnia, and stress (which sounds like most of us) all while revealing softer, smoother and more luminous skin.
The best way to dry brush according to Dr. Marchbein, is to glide the body brush over dry skin using "gentle pressure and long, sweeping motions, moving towards the heart – like feet up to thighs, and hands up to underarms,” rather than circular motions. He is also quick to remind us to "be very careful around more sensitive, thinner-skinned body parts such as the chest."
If you're on a journey to achieving the ultimate state of wellness, we’ve found the best brushes to get you there. Happy brushing!
Photos: Instagram and Supplied