You must have come across those long-handled wooden dry body brushes in your mother's or grandmother's bathroom kit; maybe you've come across them in a bath and toiletries store too; and conveniently ignored it, because who the hell uses such a big apparatus for bathing anymore, right? That long, dry body brush, however, is the one you seriously need right now. Let us tell you why...
The beauty ritual of dry body brushing is ancient and has found mention in multiple cultures across the world. As reported by Vogue, Scandinavians used to use birch twigs to gently beat their skin, Japanese people would brush with loofahs before hot baths, the Chinese used dried fruit fibers, Vedics used silk gloves and sponges, ancient Greeks used simple metal scrapers and native American-Indians used dried corn cobs to brush away dead skin cells. So, if the whole world is using something similar, there has to be good reason for it, right?
It is a beauty ritual that revs up blood circulation in skin cells that results in more nutrients and oxygen being rushed to your skin. All you need is just 5 minutes a day with the correct brushing technique.
The dry brush helps you shed dead skin cells that are actively produced by the body as we go along the day. The body produces 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells every hour and a million cells every 24 hours. Dry brushing helps remove these flaky cells accumulated especially during the winter; by the way, these are the cells responsible for dry skin. Brushing firmly can help encourage the flow of lymph fluid and lymphatic drainage, which is also important for the elimination of toxins. The brushing also helps in the production of new cells, which instantly enhances the appearance, health and glow of your skin.
We focus actively on our inner detox with juices and cleansing techniques, which is undoubtedly essential, but equally important is the external detox. And if that isn't enough to get you to buy that brush already, you must know that your skin eliminates roughly one quarter of waste material from your body, so it deserves your attention every day.
The best way to implement this simple ritual just before the shower is by using a natural (not plastic) loofah or a dry body brush with natural bristles, to stroke your body. You must always stroke yourself upwards, towards the heart, and use downward strokes to brush your neck and chest. Start slow from the soles of your feet and move upwards to your stomach and back up, till your neck. Long-handled brushes will help you brush your back easily. Follow up with a warm shower and massage yourself afterwards with a moisturiser or after-bath oil for nourishment.
Make sure you avoid brushing on any kind of injury or skin irritation. Also remember to wash your brush once every week with a simple soap to avoid any mold growing on it, and always use it when fully dry.
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