8 Reasons Why You Should Start Dry Body Brushing Posted on November 21, 2013

8 Reasons Why You Should Start Dry Body Brushing - An Apple a Day

Now before you sigh and tell me you don’t have time to incorporate another ritual into your morning routine, let me tell you that if you make the effort, dry body brushing is well worth the investment. It’s quick, effective, inexpensive, has loads of health benefits and Miranda Kerr swears by it… what’s not to love? Here I have listed 8 fantastic reasons to give this a go, as well as all the important tips and tricks to get you started!

8 Reasons Why You Should Body Brush

  1. It increases blood circulation within the body. Poor circulation can lead to a number of health issues like varicose veins, swelling and water retention, lack of energy and fatigue amongst other things. By body brushing daily, you can help to encourage blood flow under the surface of the skin. 
  2. Dry body brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating the nerve endings under the skin.
  3. Dry body brushing can boost lymphatic drainage and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Both poor blood flow as well as weak lymph circulation has been known to cause cellulite. Because Dry Body Brushing can help to boost blood flow and stimulate the lymph nodes and circulatory system, it can therefore be a useful tool in reducing the appearance of cellulite.
  4. It helps to eliminate clogged pores and assists in the removal of dead skin cells which in turn, encourages the cell renewal process. This results in smoother, brighter skin all year round! 
  5. By dry body brushing regularly, it has been known to soften hard fat deposits below the skin and prepare them for discharge. 
  6. Dry Body Brushing can also improve skin hydration as it has been known to activate oil and sweat glands bringing moisture to the skin.
  7. Regular body brushing can also prevent ingrown hairs. 
  8. It is a great way to calm the mind, yet leave your body feeling fresh and invigorated. 

I also think dry body brushing of a morning, is a great way to set yourself up for a healthy day ahead. Why undo all your good work when you feel this good? 

All you need: 

  • Natural Bristle Brush

How to Body Brush:  

  • Start on your skin before bathing 
  • Commence brushing in a soft circular motion. 
  • You should do your left side of your body first and then your right. Always begin at your ankles and move towards your heart, unless this is your back, where you move from your neck down. This will follow your lymphatic drainage system. 
  • Avoid breasts and other sensitive parts of your body. 
  • Never brush over sunburn, inflamed skin or sores. 
  • Shower after you have finished your body brushing to wash away dead skin cells. 
  • Alternating between a hot and cold shower will further stimulate blood circulation. 
  • Wash your brush after use to ensure you have removed all of the dead skin cells. 
  • Follow with a moisturiser (I love coconut oil). 

You can brush from 2-20 minutes everyday. If you don’t have time in the morning, doing this at night time can help relax you before bed. Try this for 30 days and feel the difference! 

For those of you looking for a dry body brush, you can read about my favourite all body exfoliator tomorrow. Additionally Biome Eco Stores has some wonderful options (for all skin types) available here: Dry Body Brushes. 

Do you body brush? Have you tried it? Let me know your thoughts below. 

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Written by Alyse Co-cliff

Alyse Co-cliff

Founder of An Apple a Day, Holistic health coach, Speaker and Passionate Whole-Foodie committed to helping others nourish their body from the inside out.
"It's all about simple, effective nutritional advice and real time solutions for the busy individual. Good health doesn't have to be hard work" Alyse x



5 thoughts on “8 Reasons Why You Should Start Dry Body Brushing

  1. Alyse Post author

    Hi Hannah,

    This depends on how often you are brushing, but I would replace mine every 12 weeks to prevent the build up of any bacteria.

    Washing your brush with hot soapy water and hanging it out in the sun to dry, will prolong the life in between replacements. Hope this helps!

  2. Lauren

    Love the blog!!!

    I’m keen to start dry brushing but can’t find a good natural brush.

    Any suggestions of where to buy good quality ones?

    Thanks

  3. Alyse Post author

    Hi Lauren,

    You can pick them up almost anywhere including Biome Eco Stores (link above), Priceline or Health Spa. Don’t quote me, but I think supermarket chains are now stocking them also (just make sure they aren’t too hard!).

    When you are looking for a brush, rub the inside of your arm with the brush gently before purchasing – this will give you a good indication as to whether or not it may be too hard/soft for your liking.

    I wouldn’t recommend spending too much on the brush, given you will need to replace it in 12 – 16 weeks 🙂

    Hope this makes sense!

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