Summer comes along with a common set of routine beauty treatments we automatically undertake like waxing, pedicures, and self-tanner. But chances are dry brushing falls toward the bottom of your list. Most of us still unaware of the myriad beauty benefits it has to offer, but it can make your skin looking glowing and healthy from head-to-toe—ideal for warm weather. Still need convincing? Here are all the benefits of dry brushing and how they work for you.
Benefit: Busts Bloat
How it works: Bloating is caused by water retention which is also a result of lymphatic stagnation. As well as dry brushing, finish by liberally slathering on ELEMIS Cellutox Active Body Oil. It’s a detoxifying cocktail containing sea fennel, sea buckthorn, lemon, and juniper to help reduce bloating by stimulating circulation and even the digestive system.
Top Tip: Start from the soles of your feet and brush in long sweeping upward motions towards your heart as this goes with the direction of your blood flow. Be slightly gentler on areas that have thinner skin, like your neck and décolletage as this are more prone to sensitivity and redness.
Benefit: Smooths Skin and Reduces Cellulite
How it works: Cellulite is primarily caused by the collection of stagnant toxins that builds up in certain areas predominantly hips thighs, abdomen and buttocks which is when you start to see dimpling in skin. Dry brushing helps to stimulate the lymph which is responsible for ridding your body of waste so that it can naturally flush these toxins out of your body.
Top Tip: To keep the brush clean and fresh, spray ELEMIS Tea Tree S.O.S Spray once a week to disinfect.
Benefit: Prevents Bumps
How it works: Ingrown hairs and keratosis pilaris (the little “chicken skin” bumps on skin, usually the back of the arms) form because a buildup of dead skin cells has formed a block over pores which create a pimple and the hair can’t break through, so it either grows along the skin or does a u-turn which is when you can get an infection. Dry brushing physically removes these dead skin cells without scratching at skin to keep pores as clear as possible.
Top tip: Brush first and shower after to cleanse flaky dead skin cells immediately off the skin and stop them from resetting in pores.
Benefit: Get Your Complexion Glowing
How it works: By removing dead skin cells and boosting circulation, skin looks brighter and more youthful as a result. Even though you only brush you body, the results actually show on your face, too, thanks to the detoxifying effects.
Top Tip: Our ELEMIS Body Detox Skin Brush comes with a white bag so hang it where you can see it so you don’t forget to use it morning and night (simple, but v. effective!)