There’s a simple Ayurvedic beauty trick that will take you just a few minutes in the shower every morning, is completely free, and could give you glowing skin, reduce cellulite, and help detox your entire body. If you’re the type of woman who spends big money on (mostly useless) creams and treatments that promise similar effects, listen up.
We’re talking about dry brushing, which first began as an Ayurvedic tradition, but is now a popular technique used in pricey spas across Europe and the United States. However, it’s seriously easy (and affordable) to do it at home, which is why we spoke with an expert to find out exactly how to dry brush every part of your body effectively and safely.
In Ayurvedic tradition, the dry brush technique begins at the feet and progresses up the body, working towards the heart. Pratima Raichur, an Ayurvedic expert and the founder of Pratima Ayurvedic Skincare Spa Clinic, explains why this method is most effective: “It is key to work towards the heart center to enhance circulation, kidney function, as well as the metabolization and release of toxins.” The benefits of this method are thought to be even more widespread, and proponents believe it can even aid digestion and promote healthy immune function. The most obvious advantage though — and the reason this technique is becoming commonplace throughout the U.S. — is that regular exfoliation and massage can leave you with softer skin and can even reduce cellulite.
To get started you will need a soft-bristle brush with a long handle. Standing in the bath or shower (with no water on), you can either brush upwards with the brush on its own, or add a little bit of oil (try argan). Apply just enough pressure to stimulate circulation, but not so much that it hurts – and remember that you should never, ever break the skin while dry brushing.
The technique should change when targeting different parts of your body. When it comes to your limbs Pratima recommends using “long repetitive strokes” while circular, repetitive strokes are best for joints, belly, and face. “Apply lighter pressure where skin is thin, like on the face or neck, and stronger pressure where skin may be thicker, like on the lower legs and hips,” she added.
For your legs, begin at the outside of the knee — where the lymph nodes are. Then move towards the inside of the thigh and up towards the groin. Then do the calf from the foot up to the groin. Last, brush your glutes from the mid point out towards your hips, and then do the same on your other leg.
You can even dry brush your face, but it’s obviously important to do so gently in circular, upwards motions, and avoid any areas that might be inflamed or have broken skin. “Essentially, you’re helping to feed your skin when you dry brush, since it brings blood to the surface, which carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells. In addition to this, dry brushing offers profound exfoliation, triggers cellular turnover, helps to thicken skin and promote collagen production, and enhances skin’s reparative processes,” Pratima told us. It could also help move sinus fluids, which is super helpful for anyone suffering from allergies.
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For thinner and/or sensitive skin types, you might not need to dry brush your face every day, like you would your body. Start with twice a week and see how you feel.
Pratima has a few other helpful tips for first-timers: First, that it’s important no one borrows your brush (ew!), and second, that you dry brush in the morning for more “vitality all day.” She promises that can be added to every beauty routine really easily and shows “great results immediately.” So, what are you waiting for?