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Body Brushing: The Essential Addition to Your Self-Care Routine


Dry Brushing is an ancient ritual that involves using a natural-bristled brush to gently massage the skin in circular motions, starting from the feet and working upwards towards the heart. By shedding dead skin cells, unclogging pores, and stimulating oil glands, the practice can help to promote skin health, suppleness, and elasticity, leaving you with a brighter, more radiant complexion. But the benefits don't stop there. By boosting circulation and promoting lymphatic drainage, this technique can also support detoxification and waste elimination, helping you to feel rejuvenated and revitalised from head to toe!

Additional to the physical benefits dry brushing can be a sensory act of self-care, offering a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation in your daily routine. The gentle pressure of the brush against your skin can feel invigorating and energizing, while the rhythmic motion can be soothing and calming. Many people find that dry brushing is a meditative practice that allows them to focus on their body and their breath, reducing stress and promoting a sense of wellbeing.

By following these simple steps, you can easily incorporate a self-care practice that has stood the test of time into your routine.

Choose the right brush

To ensure the best results a natural bristle brush with firm, but gentle bristles are recommended. 

Avoid synthetic bristles or brushes with harsh bristles that can damage your skin. Long-handled brushes are ideal for dry brushing hard-to-reach areas like the back. 

Consider a brush with a hanging loop at the end, so you can easily hang your brush to dry after each use to avoid moisture build-up.

Natural bristled body brush for dry brushing technique
High-quality natural bristled body brush by I Am Aromatics​​

Be Consistent

Dry brushing is an invigorating practice that can add a refreshing boost to your morning routine or serve as a calming addition to your night-time wind-down ritual. 

For a thorough exfoliating experience, it's best to incorporate dry brushing before taking a shower. After rinsing off, apply a generous amount of moisturiser to your skin. 

If you have sensitive or dry skin, you can opt for a hydrating experience by using your preferred body oil or cream after showering and then using the brush on your skin.

Like any effective skin care routine, dry brushing requires consistency to see results. To prevent any potential skin irritation, it's best to begin with dry brushing once or twice a week and gradually increase the frequency to 2-3 times per week. As you establish your routine, be sure to pay attention to your body's response and adjust the frequency accordingly. Ultimately, finding a schedule that works best for you is key to reaping the full benefits of dry brushing.

Person dry brushing their thigh with a natural bristled body brush

Find your Rhythmn

To begin your dry brushing practice, start with gentle strokes at the soles of your feet and move toward your toes. Then, use long, clockwise sweeping motions, while working your way up your legs, arms, and torso. 

Use gentle pressure on areas where your skin is thinner or more sensitive. Pay extra attention to the area under your upper arms, where many lymph nodes are located.

Remember to keep your dry brushing session to a maximum of 5-10 minutes and always brush towards your heart to stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage.

Person dry brushing their back with a body brush

Hydrate & Nourish Your Skin

Choose a moisturiser that works well for your skin type and avoid any products that contain harsh chemicals or fragrances that could irritate your skin. 

Apply liberally all over your body, paying special attention to areas that tend to be drier, such as your elbows, knees, and ankles. 

Gently massage until it is fully absorbed, and revel in the nourishing and rejuvenating effects it has on your skin.

The deeply nourishing Skin and Scar Oil by Bare Mum was specially formulated by experts to effectively strengthen the skin from the inside out, relieve itching, and diminish the appearance of scars. ​​

Keep Your Brush Clean

Taking care of your tools is just as important as taking care of yourself. To ensure the longevity and hygiene of your dry body brush, it is important to avoid leaving your brush in damp areas.  

Wash the bristles with a mild tea tree solution. The antibacterial properties of tea tree can effectively purify and eliminate any bacteria, keeping your brush fresh and sanitised for continued use.

To dry the brush, gently pat dry then place it in a well-ventilated area or in the sunshine with the bristles facing down. 

A ​​natural and organic soap made with pure ingredients such as organic coconut, olive, and jojoba oils, as well as tea tree oil for added benefits. 

Allow yourself a moment to connect with your body and demonstrate some self-love by incorporating the practice of dry brushing. Your skin and body will undoubtedly express their gratitude.

Begin your journey to healthy, radiant skin with I Am Aromatics Dry Skin Brush & Body Cream. The perfect starter kit. Together with the body brush this deeply hydrating, luxurious & nutrient-rich cream will protect, nourish & balance out your skin tone.

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