I have been dry body brushing for a while now to help with circulation and exfoliation but I didn’t see the real benefits until I switched to an all-natural toxic-free Bodecare body brush. These eco-friendly body brushes are made from plant bristle with no chemicals used in the treatment process. The biggest change I have noticed is the smoothness and tightness of my skin. The many advantages of dry brushing include: skin exfoliation; reduce cellulite and ingrown hairs; remove bumpy skin; reduce toxins; increase lymphatic drainage; eliminating dead skin coatings; tightening the skin; stimulating circulation; assists with the relief of arthritis; helps with chronic fatigue; helps reduce acne; enhancing the performance of the nervous system; aids digestion and most of all, it is considered as the simplest and cheapest way of rejuvenating your skin.
Miranda Kerr tells GQ magazine (June 2010) that she keeps her bikini body ready with dry body brushing, “It promotes movement of the lymphatic system, improves circulation, and leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother”.
General Rules of Dry Skin Brushing
- Always use a plant bristle skin brush. Plant bristles can be soft, medium and firm, choose a plant bristle that matches your requirements e.g if you need it for circulation, exfoliation, moving cellulite.
- Perform on Dry Skin only. This will provide the best stimulation and exfoliation. When plant bristles are wet, they go soft and clump together so you won’t get the results you are after.
- Generally stroke upward in one movement.
- Light strokes repeated 7 times.
- Adjust pressure to your comfort levels.
- Best to follow brushing with some form of hydrotherapy i.e. shower or bath
- Work from left to right side of body.
You receive the body brushing booklet with every purchase of a Bodecare brush, which includes photos showing a diagram with brush stroke direction, toward the lymphatic nodes.
Before Dry Body Brushing please take note of the following precautions:
- Never skin brush over active inflammation e.g. open wounds, inflamed sores, varicose veins, sunburnt skin.
- Never skin brush during an active cancer state or enlarged lymph nodes.
- Avoid breasts & genitalia area.
- If pregnant seek doctors advice first before skin brushing.
- If an allergic reaction appears stop brushing. Tell your naturopath what happened after you body brushed, it could be your body detoxing, but it is best to ask a naturopathic professional.
- Dry brushing does exfoliate skin, therefore regular washing of brush is essential to remove dead skin from the bristles.
- A slight reddening of the skin (erythema) is normal, it is the blood circulation responding to the skin brushing.