Everybody approaches skin care differently. Some of us will try anything – even eating clay – if it promises a healthy glow. Others of us are a little more conservative. But no matter where you fall on the skin care spectrum, you’ll probably agree: it never hurts to learn a new trick or two. Today, that trick comes courtesy of Australian supermodel and entrepreneur Miranda Kerr. Introducing: dry body brushing.
“Dry body brushing is an integral part of my daily regime,” Kerr wrote on her Kora Organics blog back in 2014. “It’s a great way to get the circulation going, remove dead skin cells, aid lymphatic drainage, detoxify your system, and keep your skin smooth all over.”
Okay, you can colour us intrigued. But what is dry body brushing, what are the skincare benefits, and most importantly, does dry brushing really work?
Here’s what you need to know.
Dry body brushing is one of the daily rituals used in the ancient Ayurvedic holistic healing system, which originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. While dry brushing is mostly used for its physical “cleansing,” it is also used symbolically to cleanse the mind.
So, how does dry brushing work? Well, the function of the skin, our largest organ, is to eliminate toxins and impurities from our body, the same way organs such as the kidneys and liver do. But in order for our skin to do its job properly, our pores need to be clear and our skin needs to be active. The problem is that as we age, our bodies become less effective at shedding dead skin cells, causing the dead skin to build up.
Dry body brushing helps to exfoliate those dead skin cells, which in turn gives your skin a fresh and healthy glow. But that’s not all. Massaging the skin stimulates the sweat and oil glands, which helps to give your skin the natural moisture it needs. Better still, brushing increases blood circulation, which in turn can reduce cellulite.
And these are just a few of the many benefits of dry body brushing.
“Dry body brushing is an integral part of my daily regime.”
For the best results, experts recommend you dry brush in the morning, right before you shower. Use a body brush with natural plant-based bristles so as to avoid damaging your skin or try a natural loofah. (FYI, Kerr recommends using Bodecare brushes.)
Starting at your feet, work your way up your legs, brushing your skin with long, swift strokes that move towards your heart. When you brush your arms, start with the hands, and again, brush upwards towards the heart. When it is time to brush your stomach and chest, brush in small circles that move in a counter-clockwise pattern. Finally, brush your back, moving downwards. It’s best to avoid the sensitive skin on your face.
The entire brushing process should only take a few minutes. Good news: the routine of dry body brushing is quite meditative and soothing. When you’re finished, shower as usual. Experts recommend applying a natural oil to the body when you step out of the shower, while your skin is still damp – and hey, we agree. Pamper yourself.
Given the benefits of dry body brushing are many, we can’t help but wonder: what’s the catch? But it seems there isn’t one. There’s not much too it. Your skin will thank you, and the only downside is you’ll need to clean your brush periodically to remove any dead skin cells that have been caught in the bristles.
And that’s all there is to it. Miranda Kerr-like skin, here we come.
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