Dry body brush
By Rippan Sandhu
Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin.
Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin (and it feels pretty great, too!). It helps with muscle tone and gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits. Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.
The directions are pretty simple:
• Start on dry skin before bathing.
• Use a natural fibre mitt or natural bristle body brush
• Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
• Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart - the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it's important that you brush in the same direction.
• Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.
• After you've finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer.
• Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
Rippan and the Ayurda team.