Dry body brushing has been practiced by many cultures around the world for centuries as a traditional natural health practice. It involves brushing the skin with a dry brush, using no oils or lotions. Dry body brushing is usually followed by a shower or bath.
Dry body brushing is a natural skincare technique often associated with the traditional Ayurveda approach to health and wellbeing. Dry massage with a brush, sponge or glove is designed to help refresh skin, stimulate the lymphatic system and enhance blood circulation.
The 5 key benefits of dry body brushing:
1. Natural exfoliant
Opens pores and gently removes dead and dry skin cells to promote healthy glowing skin.
2. Increases circulation
Stimulates the circulatory system, increasing blood flow to the heart and leaving you feeling energised.
3. Enhances skin detoxification
Helps the body to detoxify by stimulating your natural lymphatic system to eliminate waste and toxins.
4. Reduces the appearance of cellulite
Dry body brushing can help to speed up the metabolism, breaking up fatty deposits and toxins into the bloodstream, and out of the body.
5. Stress relief
The gentle pressure of dry body brushing the skin has a calming effect on the nervous system, similar to having a massage.
Dry Body Brushing Technique
For best results, aim to dry body brush twice a week for up to 20 minutes. To do it yourself, start at your feet and brush upward in small sweeping movements toward the heart. Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upward, or work in a circular motion. For the stomach, chest and back, work in a clockwise direction. Take care not to press too hard - dry body brushing should not break the skin. Generally, dry body brushing is not recommended for inflamed, sore or sensitive areas of skin.
Choosing your Dry Body Brushes
Our dry body brushes from Eco Max are handmade from 100% natural vegetable fibres in Sri Lanka. They are fully compostable at the end of their life. Natural vegetable fibres are naturally anti bacterial and do not add hazardous microplasticsto our waterways or landfill as they break down.
Jute - Soft
Made from the bark of the jute plant. Perfect for sensitive skin, decollatage and face.
Sisal - Medium
Made from the fibre of the agave cactus. Perfect for regular dry body brushing.
Coconut - Hard
Made from the husk of the coconut, which is naturally anti-bacterial. Perfect for use as a foot brush where the skin is callused or hardened. Can be used wet or dry.
We would love to know more about your natural skincare routines. Have you tried dry body brushing yet?