In previous articles we’ve looked at the skin benefits in general of exfoliation and cleansing with oil – something the Romans understood with their strigeling. But, what I’ve not covered before is the related topic of dry body brushing.
Exfoliation and body brushing has, in various forms, been around for eons and in varied cultures. There’s evidence to suggest that, for example, the Comanche Native American Indian tribe, scrubbed their skin with sand taken from Texas river beds. An early form of dry body brushing there.
Lots of claims are made for the benefits of dry body brushing – one of them being detoxing. I’d beware of that. Your skin, your lymph glands, your liver and your kidneys do a good job of getting rid of toxins all the time, without you even noticing. Which is not to say there’s not a point to the process because there is. Dry body brushing:
- Exfoliates and shifts dead skin cells – particularly useful for the over 30s. Under that age the skin is more efficient at discarding dead skin cells then older skin.
- Smooths and softens skin
- Reduces the appearance of cellulite – there is anecdotal evidence to support this claim. Some swear by it. I’d say it can’t hurt and might help so why not?
These things aside, as this Hello Magazine article posits, ‘… the physical nature of dry brushing your skin may act to reduce muscle tension, and if performed in a quiet space, it can actually be a meditative process, calming your mind and relieving stress…’ Which is nice.
Your skin is your largest organ and it makes sense to give it the same level of TLC you give your face.
Do your body brush prior to showering or bathing. Then, give your skin some extra exfoliation with our Tropical Island, Hand, Foot and Body Scrub. Then, after your shower capitalise on all that super soft skin with our delicious Marzipan body soufflé – it’s almost good enough to eat.