Dry skin brushing has whole body benefits. It’s both a great way to exfoliate and to stimulate the lymphatic system, one of the wonders of the body. Anything you can do to help the lymphatic system function properly will have benefits beyond just your skin. With some daily dedication, always brushing towards the heart, your skin will glow from all the attention. Opting for a brush with natural bristles not synthetic and look for FSC-certified wood (it’s more sustainable).
Follow with a shower in order to open up the pores further and stimulate sweat glands. After showering and whilst your body is slightly damp, massage on an organic body oil or lotion of choice.
This ritual is based on the Ayurvedic practice of Abhyanga, a warming massage that is followed by a shower. It is often performed as part of panchakarma or it can be used as a stand-alone daily practice. What I love about this ritual, if you can find the time to work it into your day, is that you are effectively having a massage every day. Couple that with the link to the Sanskrit word sneha, which means both ‘oil’ and ‘love’, and the Abhyanga practice is a wonderful act of self-care.
The longer the oil is on the skin, the deeper it penetrates. Follow with a warm bath or shower, making sure your feet are free from oil to avoid slipping.