How To: Dry Body Brushing
If you haven't heard about dry brushing before, then we promise you this is something you need to add to your daily regime. Our body is constantly ridding itself of impurities by detoxifying and shedding dead cells. Over time our skin can become less effective in getting rid of these impurities and dead skin cells can build up and create dry, rough skin, leaving our skin unable to breath or absorb essential nutrients. Dry brushing can assist our skin's natural exfoliation process by shedding dead skin cells and stimulating blood circulation which helps reduce cellulite, rejuvenate cells and improve the texture and muscle tone of our skin.
Step One: Pick a brush
Use a natural bristled brush that you can get online, from health food shops and even selected supermarkets. Natural brushes won’t damage the skin with sharp bristles like synthetic or nylon brushes can, so choose wisely. For best results, brush morning and night. But if you were to choose one, choose the morning.
Step Two: Master the technique
Brush towards the heart. Use long quick strokes over the entire body from the feet up, and hit all the spots. Legs front and back, the stomach, butt, and arms. Be sure to get the the inner thigh and under the arms for lymph drainage.
Step Three: Back it up
Using a long handle brush or getting someone to help you, brush your back.
Step Four: Tummy time
Lastly brush your abdomen, in circular strokes in the clockwise direction over your stomach, chest and neck. Best to avoid the face as it’s too sensitive.
Step Five: Rinse and repeat
Shower to wash off the dead skin cells and make this part of your daily routine. Test this out for at least a month. This should be long enough to see if the technique is effective for you.
Tip: Start with a light pressure until you're used to the sensation, then you can start being firmer with your stokes.
Tan Tip: Dry brushing will accelerate the natural exfoliation process of your skin which may affect the number of days between needing to re-apply. However, it will allow your skin to absorb the tan more easily when first applying and if you can also keep the skin well hydrated it will help avoid any build up of dead skin which can cause streaks.
Everyone is different, so it’s important to play around and find what works best for you and your skin. Here at The Base we love dry brushing, while it may take a day or two off the life of your tan it means that the tan is more natural while it’s on and we will always opt for the natural look.