FEATURED BY SARAY SANTANA FROM @srta.botanica
Dry brushing is a wellness practice that involves using a natural bristled brush to gently massage your skin, usually in the mornings before taking a shower.
The practice is said to offer a variety of health benefits, including exfoliating dead skin cells, promoting lymphatic drainage and improving circulation.
We absolutely love this 5' routine, that can be practiced as a common detox skin, but has absolutely marvellous results when it becomes a permanent habit.
Here's all you need to know about it:
1/ CHOOSE THE RIGHT BRUSH
When selecting a brush, look for one with natural bristles, such as boar bristles or sisal fibers. Avoid synthetic bristles, which can be too harsh on your skin. Our Dry Brush's handle will facilitate reaching to all areas, plus it will not deteriorate, like elastic bands, with use.
2/ DRY BRUSH BEFORE SHOWERING
To get the most out of dry brushing, do it before showering or bathing. This will help remove any dead skin cells that may have accumulated on your skin, making it easier to wash away impurities.
3/ HOW TO DO IT PROPERLY
Start at your feet. Begin by gently brushing your feet in straight lines, working your way up your legs, thighs, stomach and arms. Be sure to brush towards your heart, as this will help stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage.
Joints instead, ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows and shoulders, should be brushed with circular movements.
Once you've reached the chest area, brush downwards and in diagonal movements, from the clavicles to the heart. Abdomen & chest should be brushed with circular movements too.
Spend a few minutes on each area: at least two to three minutes, making sure to cover your entire body.
4/ BE GENTLE
Dry brushing shouldn't be painful or uncomfortable. Use light pressure and avoid any areas of your skin that are broken, irritated, or sunburned.
If your skin is sensitive or gets irritated, stop brushing. But if your skin tolerates the exfoliation, you can practice it up to 3 times a week.
5/ SHOWER AFTER DRY BRUSHING & MOISTURIZE
Once you've finished dry brushing, take a shower or bath to wash away any dead skin cells and impurities that have been loosened by the brush.
Moisturize your skin after showering, be sure your skin is hydrated and healthy. Check our natural Shea Butter Body Bar, to keep up with your skin care zero waste routine.
CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY
To reap the benefits of dry brushing, it's important to be consistent. Aim to dry brush at least once a week, but ideally two to three times a week.
This simple routine will awake, stimulate and invigorate the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
- Keeping your skin young, by exfoliating it you'll favour cell renewal.
- Providing great softness and improving skin tone.
- Reducing orange peel and unclogs pores.
- Activating microcirculation and lymphatic systems.
- Stimulating the penetration of cosmetic products.
CLEAN YOUR BRUSH
Clean your dry brush once a week with soap and water to prevent the buildup of dead skin cells and bacteria.
ABOUT SARAY SANTANA CALDERÍN @srta.botanica
Saray Santana is a graduate in Fine Arts and a great lover of plants and nature. She was born in a very small village in Gran Canaria, and has moved to Madrid a few years ago.
Saray has a degree in Botany and a master's degree in Phytotherapy. She has grown connected with the forests, and through talks and workshops, she teaches the connection of the soul with nature, creating care rituals with the ingredients of Mother Earth. She currently shares her knowledge and lifestyle on her Instagram account @srta.botanica.
She has created a healthy and respectful community with the environment, sharing daily small tips, experience and knowledge that she has acquired. She has found this incredible platform to unleash her creativity and share her concerns with the world.