It may come as a surprise, but one of the highest trending skin treatments during lockdown hasn’t been something hi-tech or high-priced that comes in a bottle. It’s actually something that’s been around for centuries and is very affordable too! From actresses (Gwyneth Paltrow and Selma Hayek are fans) to Victoria’s Secret models, the treatment of choice for fresher, smoother, and more radiant skin from top-to-toe is dry skin brushing!
WHY YOU NEED TO START DRY FACE & BODY BRUSHING
I love dry skin brushing and try to do it regularly. Not only does it make my skin smoother and less flaky, it definitely gets it glowing! Experts also say that dry brushing is great for boosting lymphatic drainage (the body’s waste disposal system), reducing cellulite, and for exfoliating skin. My best advice? Invest in a specially designed brush that isn’t too harsh. I’m a fan of Kent Brushes Beech Wood Body Brush, which has nice soft bristles. Brushing with hard bristles can be uncomfortable and can actually damage the skin, as well as making the process painful and likely to put you off doing it on a regular basis. The experts recommend using brushes with natural bristles. “Synthetic bristles tend to be hard on the skin, so opt for a natural bristle brush,” recommends Leading dermatologist, Dr Ariel Haus.
Other Body Brushes to Try
The Lowdown on Dry Skin Brushing
Dry brushing may have been around for centuries but it’s still considered to be one of the most effective natural and non-invasive body treatments. Dr Haus recommends regular dry body brushing to keep cellulite at bay.
“Daily body brushing, stroking in the direction towards the heart, or a strong-handed massage on the thighs, will increase fat dispersion if done on a regular basis.” Dry body brushing is also great for circulation and blood flow. “Body brushing is good for improving circulation and lymphatic drainage,” says Dr Haus. Just a couple of minutes a day will improve lymphatic drainage, helping your body to metabolise toxins more efficiently and to discourage fluid retention.
How To Dry Brush Your Body
1. Traditionally, body brushing is done on dry skin, although you can use a small amount of body oil if you have very sensitive skin. Always work from your feet upwards, brushing the soles, then ankles, calves, and shins and up to your knees – and always working towards the heart. Take your time and spend three to five minutes a day brushing to see real results.
2. Work from your knees up to your hips, using long, gentle strokes. Next, brush the front of your thighs, then the back. Don’t be tempted to ‘scrub’ your skin or to use too much pressure. It really shouldn’t feel uncomfortable.
3. Brush upwards to your waist, then gently brush your tummy, using clockwise strokes. Always use the gentlest pressure when brushing your stomach.
4. Reach behind you and gently brush your buttocks and lower back, before brushing your chest. Avoiding your breasts, brush gently towards your neck.
5. Next, brush the palms and backs of your hands and up your arms, working upwards to your shoulders. Reach behind you to brush your upper back. Once you’ve completed full body brushing, follow with a warm (not hot) shower or bath. Pat skin dry and apply body oil or moisturiser – and you’re good to go!
The results: Body Brushing Before and After
A couple of minutes spent dry brushing every day before I jump into the shower really invigorates my skin, helps reduce my cellulite, and perks up my circulation too. Definitely worth it, somehow it just makes me feel good too! I guess because it stimulates your nervous system, you feel invigorated afterwards.
The Benefits Of Dry Face Brushing
Although I have dry body brushed for years, I’ve only recently discovered dry face brushing. To me, it feels similar to using a sonic cleansing brush such as the Clarisonic, even though it’s aimed at boosting circulation, gently exfoliating and stimulating lymphatic drainage rather than cleansing. Find my favourite sonic cleansing brushes here.
As my skin is quite sensitive, I find that dry brushing twice a week is enough. Everyone’s skin is different but if you already have a Clarisonic Brush, you will probably know how long and how often to use your dry facial brush. My advice is to go very gently to see how your skin reacts.
There are brushes to suit all pockets, from budget to luxury. I’ve been road-testing the Hydrea Dry Face Brush, a really affordable natural bristle brush made from FSC certified, sustainable Beechwood. If you’re new to dry face brushing, this basic brush is ideal. A word of caution. If you have acne, rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis, it’s best to avoid dry skin brushing.
How To Dry Brush Your Face
1. To get the most from dry face brushing, use your brush after cleansing. Pat your face dry before you start brushing. If you have very sensitive skin, you can apply a tiny amount of your favourite facial oil until your skin becomes accustomed to dry brushing. Find my favourite face oils here.
2. Starting at your décolleté, use small, circular brush strokes, working upwards and outwards from your chest to your neck and jawline. Use the lightest of pressure. Your skin should feel tingly but never sore.
3. Next, begin to dry brush your face, working from the centre of your chin and then outwards to each ear using small, circular strokes. Repeat on each side.
4. Use the same technique to brush from the side of your nose across your cheek and finally from the centre of your forehead out to your hairline.
5. Finish by using delicate upward strokes, working from your chin to the top of your cheek avoiding the eye area; then from the brows up to the hairline. Your face may look a little ‘flushed’ as blood flow has been increased. Apply your usual moisturiser or serum. My favourite skincare range is MV Skincare, and find out why beauty editors, models, and celebrities love this organic skincare range.
The results: Dry Brushing Face Before and After
Dry skin brushing definitely makes my skin look and feel fresh. Although I haven’t seen a reduction in my lines and wrinkles, I’ve definitely noticed a healthier glow and smoother appearance. Fans of dry face brushing report that their skin feels firmer and looks more radiant with regular buffing. Definitely a good addition to your self-care routine! Find my self-care tips here and my self-care checklist here.
Final thought on dry face and body brushing
Dry face and body brushing is an inexpensive self-care technique and a way to have a daily spa-style treat at home. Not only is it good for your skin and makes your skin glow, you feel better mentally too! It’s eco-friendly, zero waste and sustainable that wakes you up and gives you an all-over glow!
|Natalie Shirlaw is a healthy living expert with 10 years of experience in the field of holistic health, wellbeing, and fitness. If you enjoyed this article be sure to pin or share it!|