Try This: Dry Body Brushing
We always recommend using a skin brush on our retreats and at-home programmes because it’s such an effective and enjoyable way to help re-energise, stimulate detoxification and, satisfyingly, de-puff.
The lymphatic system is a critical part of the immune system and helps rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. Unlike the cardiovascular system, it doesn’t have a pump, so it relies on movement and changes in pressure to transport lymph around the body.
Dry body brushing stimulates lymphatic drainage and helps eliminate toxins, sheds dead cells and increases circulation to the skin, making it a quick and effective way to improve skin tone, metabolise waste, discourage fluid retention and help ease the appearance of cellulite. It's a ritual that is super easy to incorporate into your morning routine and will make all the difference when practised regularly!
Complete 3-5 minutes of dry body brushing before your morning immediately upon rising, before your morning shower. Use swift, firm strokes towards the lymph centres as depicted below.
- Start at the soles of your feet and work upwards on your calves, thighs and buttocks, always brushing in the direction of your heart (so upwards on legs). This means you are moving in the natural direction of your lymph system.
- Pay special attention to backs of thighs or areas where you have cellulite.
- Before moving onto your upper body, brush your hands and arms, again moving the brush towards your heart.
- Brush your neck and back, as much as you can reach, and end on your stomach and chest – using clockwise sweeps to follow the direction of your digestive system.
Adjust the pressure of the brush to the different parts of your body so it comfortable. It should be firm stimulating enough to increase circulation but not painful. You should see a rosy flush to the areas you have brushed – this is an increase in blood flow to the area. Avoid brushing over broken skin.