What is dry body brushing?
Dry body brushing is when you use a soft to medium strength bristled brush in long strokes over your body.
Why should I dry body brush?
The list of benefits is huge, but a few of my favourites are increased circulation, exfoliation and lymphatic drainage. This helps to remove nasties from your body that lie just under the surface of the skin. By brushing towards the heart you assist your lymph nodes in riding your body of toxins.
How do I do it?
Start at your feet and take long straight strokes towards your heart. Take your time, and just brush over your skin, no need to press hard or use a scrubbing action. Do this all over your body, be gentle in sensitive areas like your face and neck.
Repeat the process for 5-10 minutes daily.
I like to dry body brush before I shower in the morning. I feel like it gently awakens my body for the day, while also working wonders for detoxifying. I also like to say some self love fuelled affirmations. For example 'I am beautiful just the way I am', 'My body is an amazing gift filled with love and joy' or a beautiful fertility affirmation I like to say is 'My body is ready to nurture a healthy baby'. Choose something that feels right for you, or an area you feel you might sometimes be a little nasty to yourself about. Repeat your affirmations out loud, or in your head for the full 5-10minutes.
You can buy your dry body brush from your local chemist or supermarket, and they shouldn't cost more than $20.
To care for your brush, take it into the shower with you and wash with a gentle soap, then hang it up to dry ready for next time!
What are your favourite self love affirmations? Share your thoughts below, you might inspire someone else in the process!