Dry Brushing – What’s it all about?

There’s been so much talk recently of Dry Brushing; I wanted to see what all the fuss is about.

Like many Mums, I have some tummy stretch-marks and my skin there is DEFINITELY not as tight as it once was. I don’t worry too much about that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not entirely comfortable showing it off in a bikini, but I’m not ashamed of it either; each mark is a reminder to me that the most precious people in my life have lived there, been nurtured, been given the greatest gift that I can give them, apart from my unconditional, neverending love.

Added to that, this Firefighter’s Wife has a husband who loves each mark too (or is sensitive and loving enough to say that he does, and I appreciate that). So why should I care?

Well, in the process of trying to be the best me I can be – as this blog is about right now – why wouldn’t I try it? I’ve seen so many ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots of tummies and thighs and the differences can be quite impressive. Before committing myself, I decided to investigate how it works. Here’s how:

bodybrushoilWhat You’ll Need

  • a natural-bristled body brush (mine is in the pic and I ordered it from Amazon but you could also get one in Bodyshop or Boots)
  • a body moisturiser (apparently Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil is best and I’ll do a blog on this soon; you could also use body lotion or Bio Oil to help with stretch marks)
  • An extra 5-10 minutes each morning

What To Do

This is a morning activity. It’s really invigorating so helps to wake you up and also might keep you awake if you do it in the evening before bed.

As I mentioned, you need some extra time in the mornings, before you shower. At first, it’ll be just a couple of minutes – don’t dive in straight away with 10 minutes of dry brushing when your body isn’t used to it. Start gently with your hands and sweep up your arms, all the way round each arm. Look at the guide to show you which direction to go on each part of your body.guidetodrybrush

So the aim here is to help reduce tummy stretch-marks and loose skin, which means you must pay close attention to that area. Here, you’re going to build up to dry-brushing for 10 minutes. It might feel tender at first so be gentle and your body will build up a tolerance for it.

Shower afterwards, then moisturise with Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil. This feels lovely and will melt with the warmth of your skin as you rub it in. As I mentioned, you can use any moisturiser you choose and, if you’re particularly concerned about stretch-marks, you could try Bio-Oil (I haven’t tried it so can’t recommend but it’s had great reviews for reducing stretch-marks and scarring).

Ideally, this should be done every day, but every second day might be enough for you.

Try it and see what works best for your body.

What Does It Do?

  • The dry brushing exfoliates the skin, removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to “breathe.”
  • The Coconut Oil, or other lotion, moisturises the skin, replenishing it and leaving it looking better
  • It stimulates your Lymphatic System, which is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.
  • It increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
  • It reduces cellulite by helping to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly.
  • It relieves stress. The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative (especially if you do it in a quiet space) and may reduce muscle tension, calming your mind. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.
  • It’s invigorating because it simply feels so good. Along with glowing and tighter skin, regular dry skin brushers report feeling invigorated after a quick session.

It’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? Getting up a few minutes early to gain all of these benefits? Yes please!

Remember to take ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics – not to share (unless you want to), but so that you can see the difference.

Enjoy!

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