Dry body brushing for smooth, summer skin
We brush our teeth and hair daily, we don't think twice about facial exfoliation or using a body exfoliator in the shower, but have you ever thought about adding dry body brushing to your beauty routine?
Believe us, those precious few minutes you spend doing it will amount to numerous health benefits, both inside and out. Here’s the lowdown on how dry body brushing can improve your skin this spring.
What’s dry body brushing, and why’s it important?
Dry brushing is the manual use of a firm, natural bristle brush on dry skin. The technique can be used at home before or after showering, or in a spa environment as part of a massage or body treatment. Recognised for its incredible health benefits, dry brushing is invigorating, stimulating and detoxifying for both the body and mind.
The skin is our body’s largest organ and is integral to the detoxification process – it’s thought to be responsible for excreting nearly a third of the body’s daily impurities! Body brushing is one of the most effective ways to help your body metabolise toxins more efficiently, discourage fluid retention and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Dry brushing your skin for just a few minutes each day can also make a big difference to skin health, revealing luminous, softer and more even-toned looking skin.
When and how to brush
It couldn’t be easier. Before your morning shower, grab your brush and (beginning at the toes) work upwards on the legs in long, firm strokes, working towards the back of thighs and bum to keep the appearance of dreaded cellulite at bay. Brush the stomach in an anti-clockwise movement to aid digestion and continue up the arms towards the heart. Aim to brush for three to five minutes, and choose a brush with medium-soft cactus bristles, like our natural exfoliating body brush.
Benefits of dry brushing
- Lymphatic support
The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system, composed of lymph vessels, nodes and tissues. When the system is working effectively it filters out toxins and helps us to maintain a healthy immune system by helping our body heal itself. The lymphatic system needs to be moved often (as many lymph vessels run just below the skin), so regular dry brushing can help stimulate lymph flow and allow our body to detoxify naturally.
Dry brushing helps to remove dead skin cells, resulting in a smoother complexion (here’s a tip - brushing before you apply a body oil or moisturiser will allow the product to be absorbed more effectively).
- Prevents ingrown hairs
Did you know regular brushing encourages cell turnover? If you’re partial to waxing, shaving or laser hair removal, then dry brushing can be very effective at keeping those pesky ingrown hairs and clogged pores at bay.
- Boosts energy levels
Dry body brushing can encourage healthy blood flow and speed up the transportation of both oxygen and nutrients to the body's cells (increasing collagen production, too). As blood flow increases, your body, skin and mind enjoy a much-needed energy boost.
- Reduces the appearance of cellulite
Studies show dry brushing improves the appearance of cellulite, suppresses the formation of varicose veins and improves skin discolouration – win win!
The VOYA difference
Our Body Brush is made using natural cactus bristles which stimulate blood flow, bringing nutrients and oxygen to the surface of the skin. It gives skin an invigorating workout by getting the lymph system moving and helping to disperse any trapped toxins without being too harsh. It even comes in an organic cotton bag, so is ideal for daily brushing on the go!
If you’re looking for fast and powerful results, we suggest combining your body brushing routine with our award-winning body products – check out the full range here.