As we leave lockdown behind and focus on enjoying the summer sunshine, an old beauty regimen – dry skin brushing, and its benefits come into focus once again.
It’s the time of year when our bodies are on display and who doesn’t want to put their best skin forward? Unless you’ve been laying low during lockdown prepping your skin for summer, dry skin brushing is your best bet to revealing glowing skin, and a more toned body almost immediately.
What is dry body brushing?
Dry body brushing is a method of body exfoliation that has been around for centuries. It involves buffing dry skin with a special exfoliating brush to remove the top layer of dead skin cells to unveil a smoother, brighter and even toned skin. It’s also a great way to tone your body.
According to leading dermatologist, Dr Ariel Haus; “Regular body brushing, stroking in the direction towards the heart, or a strong-handed massage on the thighs will increase fat dispersion.” Dr Haus adds that the best brush for dry brushing is one made from natural bristles as synthetic bristles tend to be hard on the skin. Dry brushes like the Kent Brushes beech wood body brush is perfect for exfoliating skin.
Dry skin brushing benefits
Aside from slugging away dead skin cells, dry brushing has many other benefits to our skin and bodies in general:
- It’s a great detox technique as the brushing increases blood circulation in the body, promoting lymph flow and drainage.
- As an exfoliating method, dry brushing unclogs the skin’s pores making it easier to absorb the rich ingredients in your skincare products, giving you glowing skin.
- All that brushing also stimulates your nervous system, which can make you feel invigorated and put you in a great mood afterward.
- Your body also looks toned because dry skin brushing disperses fat deposits under skin, giving your limbs a much smoother, and firmer, look and feel. Not to mention, you’ll be dry brushing cellulite away.
Best dry skin brushing technique:
With most skincare routines already time consuming, adding dry brushing can seem tedious but all you need is five minutes before jumping into a shower or bath and it will elevate your skincare routine, giving you results that will take creams and other skin treatments a long time to show.
The best technique for effective dry brushing:
To dry brush, use a natural-bristle brush like the Kent Brushes beech wood body brush to gently but firmly brush your skin in long strokes toward your heart, usually going over each area two or three times.
- Starting at your feet, brush up your legs in long, soft strokes, towards the heart
- Next, use the brush in circular motions on your stomach
- Brush your arms in long upward strokes
- Finish by brushing your chest in circular motions
Dry brushing should be done before showering or taking a bath, and should be followed with a vitamin-rich moisturiser.
So, how many times a week should you dry brush your skin? Like most skin treatments, too much can be a bad thing so stick with once or twice a week and try not to brush too vigorously as this can cause irritations like micro-cuts and dryness.
Dry brushing your skin in these simple steps will go a long way to help you unveil a toned, cellulite-less body and glowing skin far quicker this summer than any toning exercises and cellulite cream would. It’ll cost you less too!
Grab a Kent Brushes beech wood body brush here and get brushing.