Miranda has incorporated dry brushing into her daily skincare routine for many years, praising how it makes her skin feel and glow. As the first step in our Daily Body Care routine, Miranda has long-loved this ancient practice for a number of health benefits.
This daily practice involves brushing your skin without water and has been a skincare exfoliation ritual for centuries in many cultures. It’s a well-known ancient Ayurvedic practice referred to as garshana to detox and stimulate the lymphatic system for lymphatic drainage.
It has gained popularity over the years for its many wellness benefits to awaken the body, invigorate the mind, and renew the skin.
Dry skin brushing with a dry bristle brush is not only a quick and easy exfoliation technique but a luxurious massage tool to trigger lymphatic drainage. Skin brushing begins a positive chain reaction by targeting lymph nodes to help your body metabolize and remove unwanted toxins through the pores of your skin.
This helps skin’s ability to renew itself naturally by removing the top layer of dead skin that creates the rough texture and appearance of a dull complexion.
Follow our dry brushing technique pre shower for your most luminous skin, organically!
The Benefits Of Dry Brushing The Body
By incorporating dry brushing into your daily skincare routine it helps to increase blood circulation and exfoliate dead skin cells, in turn helping your skins’ natural renewal process.
Dry brushing skin benefits include:
Remove dead cells to polish and leave your skin soft and supple
Readies your skin to best absorb body lotions and oils
Improve the circulatory system to improve skin tone
Increases skin radiance and elasticity
Promotes lymphatic drainage to help rid toxins
Firm and tone your skin to aid in cellulite reduction
Aids in the detoxification process and improves digestion
Increases energy and mindfulness.
“Each morning I look forward to dry body brushing to help me wake up and start my day feeling refreshed and invigorated.” – Miranda
Dry Brushing To Invigorate The Mind
A Calming Mindfulness Tool
As a morning brushing practice, try being mindful of any sensations, thoughts and feelings that arise as you brush.
We love it as a tool to regulate and calm the nervous system.
Dry Brushing To Awaken Your Body
Energy Boost + Natural Stress Reliever
The act of vigorous brushing on dry skin innately stimulates the circulatory system into a natural skin detox.
Which among many health benefits enlivens energy levels and kicks the immune system into gear.
As your body begins to flow you can release stagnant energy. Like exercise does, dry brushing can offer the same invigorating essence as soon as you wake.
Dry Brushing To Renew Your Skin
Target Cellulite + Firm your Skin
One of the many dry brushing benefits we love for the skin is the ability to slough dead cells from your skin each morning before you shower.
The momentum gained from increased circulation flushes your body with fresh oxygen which can also target the appearance of cellulite. (This is because celllulite is an accumulation of fat deposits sitting in connective tissue just under the skin.)
When your skin cells are rejuvenated with oxygenated blood, your skin has better tone and elasticity—and a healthy luminous glow.
The overall intention being to create firmer, tighter, plumper and smoother skin.
How To Dry Brush
Try dry body brushing any time of the day before bathing or showering.
We recommend dry brushing daily or at least 1-3 times a week, depending on your skin type. It’s best in the morning to give you more energy for the day.
- Using a dry body brush on dry skin, begin at your feet, using quick light and long strokes in circular motions moving up your body, legs, towards your heart and upper body.
- Circulate the brush in a clockwise motion on your stomach and joints, and use long sweeping strokes on the legs, arms, and abdomen. Always in the direction towards your heart (avoid your face, chest and heart).
- Use light pressure in areas where your skin is thinner and harder pressure on thicker skin, such as the soles of your feet.
- After your bath or warm shower, pat your skin dry and then follow with Miranda’s Body Glow Routine to replenish your skin.
Dry Brushing Chart
We’ve created this step by step guide inspired from Ayurvedic medicine to help you follow the best dry brush movements for lymphatic draining as you dry brush each morning.
Remember to follow our Body Glow Routine to nourish your skin post brushing with a hydrating moisturising and body oil massage.
Tips For Your Brushing Routine
- Store your dry body brush in a dry and well ventilated space and avoid getting your brush wet.
- Tap the brush after use to remove debris. Wash through the bristles once a week with warm soapy water, rinse well and air dry naturally with the bristles facing downwards. Do not immerse the brush in water.
- When first adding dry brushing to your skincare ritual, it is best to begin with light pressure, and increase the pressure as desired always in a circular motion.
- If you are dry brushing in the evening, we recommend using a more gentle pressure, for a calm, meditative self-care ritual.
- Avoid sensitive areas, sunburns, rashes, eczema or psoriasis or/and anywhere the skin is broken. Dry brushing is intended for the body only, not the facial area.
- Make sure you have a brush with natural bristles instead of synthetic bristles.
- Always brush toward your heart – starting at the feet and the palms of your hand work your way towards your mid section and heart where the lymphatic system drains.
- If you have delicate or sensitive skin, dry brushing may result in itchy or irritated skin. We suggest avoid brushing or applying less pressure in these areas.
- If your skin is broken, allow any wounds to heal before body brushing in this area.
Dry Skin + Dead Skin Cells
The benefits of dry brushing to remove dead cellular debris from your skins’ surface can help fresher cells to surface, yet it is vital to renew these fresh skin cells with layers of both hydration and moisture morning and night!
This will help to replenish, balance and protect your skin’s barrier from drying out.
Which Dry Brush To Use?
Miranda has chosen this softer brush made from cactus bristles with wooden handle, rather that synthetic bristles which are inorganic by nature.
We love this for brushing with luxury round-tip bristles, crafted from agave cactus, to stimulate the skin and body, without being painful or abrasive.
You may wish for a long handle for your dry brush for the hard to reach places!
Read Sole Weller ‘s inspiring words on how dry brushing and coconut oil pulling are invaluable wellness self care rituals to get the lymphatic system going!
Happy dry brushing!