I’ve always dreamed of having clear, glowing, beautiful, soft, luscious skin. Unfortunately, my battle with cystic acne and then adult acne has proven this dream to be a little difficult at obtaining. On my face, that is.
Now, the rest of my body is another story. I’m quite proud of the smooth, silky skin on my back, legs, chest and arms. Sure, my skin isn’t perfect but quite often I’m told, “Your skin is so soft!”
I put this skin-win down to my regular dry body brushing ritual.
What is dry body brushing?
Dry body brushing is the process where you gently, in circular motions, exfoliate the skin over your entire body using a – well — dry body brush, of course!
My naturopath introduced me to dry body brushing over 15 years ago. She believed that a regular dry body brushing ritual stimulates the lymphatic fluid throughout the body, helping to eliminate toxins and also reduce and prevent cellulite. I’ve used this technique almost every day since.
The benefits I’ve seen over the years include:
+ Very little cellulite on my upper thighs – even at the age of 33.
+ Improved circulation in my skin, which gives a beautiful, healthy glow.
+ Reduction and prevention of acne across my chest and back.
+ Removal of dead layers of dry, scaly skin.
+ Reduction in ingrown hairs on my legs.
+ A fantastic, supportive ritual when detoxing.
How it works:
Dry body brushing only takes a few minutes each day.
+ Brush on dry skin with your dry brush, prior to showering
You’ll need a plant bristle body brush. I love my Bass dry skin body brush made from 100% bamboo.
+ Use circular motions, starting at the outer extremities
Begin at your feet and hands, brushing towards the heart. Do not brush your genitals, breasts or face, as the skin in these areas is too sensitive for the hard bristles.
+ Feel the tingle
After brushing you’ll notice that your entire body is tingling. The first few times your skin may turn a bright red but after a while this does calm down. You should feel refreshed and energised. Almost like you’ve been for a run!
+ After brushing care
After brushing, jump into the shower or bath and then follow with a deeply moisturising body lotion. Check out our chocolate body butter.
+ Clean your body brush
Once a week, wash your body brush with a natural soap and warm water and place in the sun to dry. This will remove old skin cells and bacteria and help to keep your brush in tip-top condition.
Bonus beauty tip
If you suffer from ingrown hairs, particularly in the bikini area, or if your skin needs an extra exfoliation boost, try this natural salt scrub recipe direct from my beauty therapist…
+ Pour a small amount of almond or apricot oil into the palm of you hand.
+ Add some ground sea salt.
+ Mix together in your hands to create a scrub.
+ Rub gently over affected area.
As simple as that! What about you? Do you dry body brush?
12 steps to cosmetics so natural you can eat the ingredients
This little how-to is the ninth instalment in our series on how to green your bathroom by swapping to completely natural and cruelty-free cosmetics.
We’re also volunteering to be your human guinea pigs, so if there’s something natural cosmetics-related that you’ve been a-ponderin’, hit us up in the comments.
Check out the other steps via the links below:
- Step 1: Bathroom stocktake – get our handy free worksheet to help you work out how naughty or nice your current cosmetic brands are.
- Step 2: Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap – how to recycle used coffee grounds into a luxuriously exfoliating and all-natural homemade soap.
- Step 3: How to cleanse your face with nothing more than oil (and a little apple cider vinegar) plus tips on dealing with adult acne.
- Step 4: Whipped organic chocolate body butter – how to create an intensely moisturising body butter using only three-ingredients.
- Step 5: How to go no ‘poo – ditch store-bought shampoo and wash your hair using only bicarbonate soda and apple cider vinegar.
- Step 6: Menstrual cups – less wastage, less stink, less toxins. The better alternative to pads and tampons.
- Step 7: Natural homemade toothpaste – whip up your own toothpaste using everyday ingredients you probably already have floating around your pantry.
- Step 8: Oil pulling – swill a little oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes each day to improve dental health and a whole heap more.
- Step 9: Dry body brushing – get healthy, glowing, soft skin using this simple exfoliating technique.
- Step 10: Healing face and body butter – how to make your own naturally-scented and powerfully healing face and body moisturiser.