I have been wanting to write this for a long long time. For those of you who are new to this term, it is simply a method of brushing your body with natural bristle brush. Both the brush and your body should be dry. It is proven to getting rid of dead skin cells, promote tighter and toned skin, improve blood flow, improve the function of lymphatic system, aid digestion and weight loss.Skin is the biggest organ in your body. Dry brushing it helps it to stay clean, fresh, regenerate new cells and absorb creams or lotions you apply on skin well.
I bought my brush online from souq.com. This is the Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush. At that point of time, dry brushing was still a new concept and it was not available locally easily. It cost me AED 185 at the time. Dry brushes are now available in The Body Shop and various other outlets. Make sure you buy natural bristle brushes. this is made with natural Cactus bristles said to improve skin texture and tone.
It is adviced to dry brush skin first thing in the morning. You can also do it anytime before you shower. Starting at the soles of the feet you must move up and brush in long circular sweeps towards the heart. Be gentle with the brushing, the hardness of the bristles might shock you at first but you get used to it. There are milder brushes too like the one my friend, Naznin Azeez reviewed here.
While brushing you will notice whitish powdery like substances on skin, that is the dead cells coming off. You start with soles, legs, stomach and back brushing upwards. From neck you will do it downwards and from hands towards the shoulders. All throughout you will be brushing towards the heart. You can choose to do long sweeps, circular swipes or both.
The whole process takes maximum 5 minutes only. Once I finish I will feel enegertic and awakened like I did some workout. Its from the increase of blood circulation. Hop into shower, rinse and finish it off by applying moisturizer. You can alternate between warm and cold shower, finishing with the cold to close up pores. Moisturizer can be an oil or any lotion you prefer – I use both.
I love this and can definitely see an overall difference to my skin, digestion and health. Have you guys tried this yet? Share your thoughts and experiences on body brushing too!
♥ Abidha Basheer ♥