Uncover the secrets of dry brushing—a centuries-old technique that nourishes both body and soul.
Discover what dry brushing is, learn how to incorporate it into your self-care routine, and uncover the myriad benefits that extend beyond mere trends to assist you on your wellness journey.
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is an age-old technique originating in India over 5,000 years ago. Dry brushing involves gently sweeping a natural bristle brush over your dry skin to stimulate circulation, exfoliate, and promote lymphatic drainage. Unlike traditional brushing, this ritual is performed without water or moisturisers, allowing the bristles to effectively rejuvenate your skin.
The Benefits of Dry Brushing
1. Exfoliation for a Radiant Complexion
Dry brushing effectively removes dead skin cells, unveiling a smoother, more luminous complexion. As you gently glide the brush over your body, it buffs away dullness, revealing the fresh and vibrant skin beneath. This exfoliation also enhances the absorption of your favourite skincare products, making them more effective.
2. Stimulating Lymphatic Drainage
By gently brushing your skin, you stimulate the lymphatic system—a crucial network responsible for detoxification and immune function. This promotes the elimination of toxins, waste, and excess fluid, reducing puffiness and revealing a more toned appearance.
3. Improved Circulation and Vitality
The sweeping motions of dry brushing encourage blood flow to the skin's surface, enhancing circulation and bringing oxygen and nutrients to nourish your cells. This boost in circulation revitalises your body, leaving you feeling energised and rejuvenated.
How to Dry Brush
1. Choose the Perfect Brush
Select a high-quality brush with natural bristles like our Nativ Sens Body Brush. Look for brushes made from materials like sisal, boar bristles, or vegetable fibres. Opt for a brush with a long handle, ensuring you can comfortably reach all areas of your body.
2. Establish a Ritual
Begin your dry brushing routine before you shower, when your skin is completely dry. Start with gentle strokes, gradually increasing the pressure as your skin becomes accustomed to the sensation. Start at your feet and move upward using long, sweeping motions towards your heart. Treat each area with care, and adjust the pressure based on your comfort level.
3. Mind the Sensitive Areas
Exercise caution when brushing sensitive areas such as your face, breasts, or any areas with broken or irritated skin. Either skip these areas altogether or use a softer brush specifically designed for delicate skin.
4. Frequency and Timing
Dry brushing can be done daily, ideally before showering in the morning. However, as a general rule of thumb, start with 1-2 times per week then feel free to adapt the frequency to suit your needs and preferences. Just remember not to overdo it, as over-exfoliating can lead to skin irritation and compromise the skin barrier.
5. Hydrate and Nourish
After your invigorating dry brushing session, rinse away the exfoliated skin cells in a refreshing shower. Follow up by applying a luxurious body oil or moisturiser to lock in hydration.
We hope you indulge in this delightful ritual and enjoy the moment of pause it provides as you embark on your wellness journey.
Please note: This article is for informational purposes only. When trying any new wellness practice or technique, it's always recommended to consult with your healthcare provider or dermatologist to ensure it aligns with your specific needs and conditions.