We brush our hair and we brush our teeth but what about your skin? Introducing dry brushing! The practice that might just be the secret to smooth, hydrated skin — even in winter.
What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like, brushing your skin while it’s dry. It’s typically done with a brush that has long natural bristles which help to remove dead cells from the skin’s surface and can enhance blood flow. It has been suggested that dry brushing can assist with reducing the appearance of cellulite, lymphatic drainage, and detoxification but there is no scientific proof to back up these claims. But one thing is can do is exfoliate really well.
Why should you exfoliate?
The skin on your body is thicker than the skin on your face, so it may need a bit more assistance when it comes to removing dead skin cells. Dead skin cells build up on the skin’s surface over time, as new skin cells develop underneath. The dead skin cells can trap the new skin cells which can lead to clogged pores and uneven skin texture, and even prevent your moisturizer from penetrating your skin. So if you want silky, smooth skin, removing those icky dead skin cells is the key!
Your dry brushing guide
If you have sensitive skin, you might want to opt for exfoliating while wet or just dry brushing once or twice a month. And if you have skin conditions like eczema or excessively dry skin, skip it altogether as it can cause further irritation.
If you don’t have any skin issues, be sure to be gentle and take things slow, as dry brushing should never hurt or cause your skin to tear. For best results, use a brush that has natural hair like Natural Life’s Bamboo body brush with soft boar hair bristles. The bristles are ultra-soft so you don’t have to worry about it being too harsh on your skin.
After you’ve exfoliated, take a bath or shower to wash away the dead skin cells, a moisturising soap like this one from Natural Life is made from the highest quality vegetable glycerine and has the powerfully refreshing scent of cucumber and avocado. The soap is wrapped in pure wool which provides gentle exfoliation — perfect for sensitive skins. Once you’re squeaky clean, follow- up with a moisturiser to give your skin a boost of hydration.