Regular dry brushing the skin using a natural bristle brush is proven to do more to ease dimples and tone the body than any potion or cream. It doesn’t just stop at cellulite — dry brushing is great for overall health and well-being.Just a couple of minutes of dry brushing daily will promote lymphatic drainage, helping the body metabolise and flush toxins more efficiently, discourage fluid retention and soften and tone the skin. Its benefits are immediate and long lasting.
BODY BRUSHING FOR EXFOLIATION
As we grow older, our skin becomes less efficient at shedding layers of dead skin cells — but dry body brushing is fantastic at exfoliating these dead skin cells.Dry Body Brushing is also a wonderful (and eco-friendly, bye bye plastic micro-beads) way to exfoliate the skin and prepare it to better absorb creams and serums. Other natural exfoliants such as walnut shells or apricot kernels are often too abrasive for the skin and actually create micro-perforations. The coarse bristles of a Dry Brush are just strong enough to reveal new radiant skin, without damaging the epidermis (the outmost layer of skin).
DRY BODY BRUSHING FOR SMOOTH SKIN
Alongside smooth skin, the regular use of body brushing encourages cell turnover so skin both looks and feels supple. Whether you shave or wax, a quick brush is great for keeping ingrown hairs and clogged pores at bay. Those undergoing laser hair removal will also find that the process helps to loosen zapped hairs from the root, resulting in less shadows and even less spikiness.
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DRY BODY BRUSHING FOR CELLULITE
Whilst dry body brushing isn’t a complete cure for cellulite (hello Venus Legacy), it does help to mobilise and contribute to the even distribution of fat deposits under the skin. Whilst it may not completely flatten cellulite, it has been proven to give your body a smoother and firmer look and feel.
Gentle brushing even helps to bring nutrient rich freshly oxygenated blood to the skin’s surface, which gives it better tone and elasticity.
DRY BODY BRUSHING FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Bacteria, toxins and waste from our blood filter through the lymph nodes where these substances are destroyed. Dry body brushing thoroughly stimulates the lymphatic system, and by doing this you are directly assisting in removing pathogens. This strengthens the immune system and lessens its susceptibility to illness.
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DRY BODY BRUSHING FOR ENERGY
As blood flow and circulation is stimulated by the gentle brushing action, it lends the body, skin and mind a much needed boost, making it a beautiful morning ritual. Body brushing is best done before hopping into the bath or shower, the process only takes a couple of minutes, and should only be done on dry skin.
HOW TO DO IT:
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Begin at your feet and in gentle, firm motions move the brush upward toward the heart.
Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upward, or work in a circular motion. For the stomach, work in a clockwise direction. Harsh exfoliation is never the point; be sure not to press too hard or use a brush that’s too stiff. Any kind of brushing or exfoliation should be gentle and should never break the skin.
Dedicate at least three to five minutes to brushing.
Add body brushing onto your next treatment at MISS FOX or purchase your own take home brush next visit.