Dry brushing the skin really is as simple as it sounds—a firm, bristled brush is swept across the skin, from toe to head. It's called "dry" brushing because you aren't scrubbing up while you bathe or shower. Instead, both your skin and the brush are completely dry (although some people apply a dab of body oil to the brush before using it).
While dry brushing is a relatively new trend today, it actually has its roots in ancient times. It's common in Ayurvedic medicine, but many cultures, including the ancient Greeks and Japanese, have used skin brushing to cleanse and beautify the skin.
Dry brushing is sometimes done as part of a body treatment package at day spas, but it's also a very simple DIY treatment you can indulge in at home. All you need is a body brush, which is relatively inexpensive, and a few minutes.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is a natural skin care technique that’s thought to have a number of benefits. Some of them are :
Exfoliation - Dry brushing exfoliates the skin via physical exfoliation, just like body scrub products do.
- The bristles of the brush manually sweep away dull, rough, flaky skin cells. After a dry brushing session, your skin will feel softer and smoother.
- Improves circulation - The brisk brushing stimulates circulation. The leaves skin looking more radiant, albeit temporarily.
- Stimulates the lymphatic system -Through dry brushing, you get the blood pumping through at a faster rate, which helps get the lymph through the body, therefore removing toxins and pathogens more quickly.
- Rejuvenate the nervous system - Dry brushing helps stimulate nerve endings in the skin.
- Accelerates toxin elimination - Dry brushing is thought to help the body release toxins through sweat. The course bristles on the brush stimulate the pores and open them up. This makes it easier for the body to sweat, which in turns reduces the amount of toxins flowing through the lymphatic system.
- Invigorating and Energizing - Maybe it's the increased circulation, or maybe it's simply the few extra minutes indulging in a self-care ritual, but most people feel invigorated and energized after a dry brush session.
Why add ozonated oils?
We know that ozonated oils are amazing for the skin and for our bodies in general. Adding ozonated oils to your dry brushing routine will make it even more invigorating and beneficial for your health.
Coconut Ozonated Oil and Dry Brush Method
Dry brushing combined with coconut ozonated oil is one of the most popular methods for reducing the appearance of cellulite. After a hot shower, while the pores are still open, apply coconut ozonated oil head to toe. Start at your feet and brush upward towards the heart. The chest area is where the lymph system drains. Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upwards, or work in a circular motion. For the stomach, work in a counterclockwise pattern. Harsh exfoliation is never the point; be sure not to press too hard, or use too-stiff of a brush.
Tips for the best dry brushing with essential oils:
- Be gentle. You don’t need to push hard, protect your skin by using gentle strokes.
- Remember to clean your brush at least once a week
- If you have sensitive skin dry brush less often if its irritating
- Make sure to dilute your essential oils
- Relax and enjoy your time nurturing your body while dry brushing with essential oils. Take some deep breaths in and be proud of yourself for practicing daily self care!
- Avoid using exfoliants in the shower after dry brushing as this could irritate the skin