Dry brushing or body brushing has become more and more popular lately and I can see why. For more than a month I have been using my pure bristle body brush on a daily basis, before showers in the morning.
Body brushing is promoted for removing cellulite, but I also use it for exfoliation and reduction of stretch marks. It takes around 2 minutes or less to body brush, plus the benefits of keeping your skin oxygenated and exfoliated are worth it and are obvious within a week.
Always try and buy good quality items for the best results. When it comes to body brushing, pure bristles are natural, safer, and generally the quality of the brush would be better. This means that less bristles will fall off, and the whole build of the brush would be much sturdier. I started with a boar bristle brush since my skin is sensitive. The next step in dry brushing is a cactus bristle brush, which presses harder and is generally gives better results. However, don’t jump straight to this one unless you know you can handle it. It may cause irritation! Some brushes come with a handle to help with brushing the back and the lower parts of the legs.
Method for brushing:
Start with your legs, doing large sweeping movements towards the heart. This encourages circulation and lymphatic flow. And this is where some of the most important benefits of body brushing come from. Go towards your abdomen, where you should brush in a circular motion. With your hands and back, remember the golden rule of brushing towards your heart.
- Don’t use a cactus brush on your chest or neck. There are goat bristle brushes for the face or other sensitive areas (usually baby brushes with natural bristles can be used for example)
- My first brush has rubber nodules for better results with cellulite. With this brush you can also make circular movements on cellulite areas.
- Don’t over brush or press too hard initially! Your skin will get irritated.
- After body brushing and showering, apply a natural cream to moisturize your skin and keep it young. I use a 100% natural Bulgarian rose cream.
Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.