Dry brush to say goodbye to winter skin

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As the weather turns colder, our skin can suffer with dryness, thanks to lack of moisture in the air, cold wine and central heating. All of this causes our skin to look flaky as it feels dry and tight. Legs in particular seem to take on a reptilian appearance long before the first snowfall! Dry brushing before you shower or take a bath can help exfoliate and soften your skin and even prep it for the warmer months of spring and summer. Dry brushing also stimulates our blood and lymph circulation, which helps move nutrients more efficiently while removing toxins from the body.

What You'll Need

  • A natural bristle brush, loofah or raw silk gloves

What You'll Do

  • Before your bath or shower each day, spend a couple minutes brushing your entire body, except for your face (dry brushing is too harsh for this area). Let your movements flow in the direction of your hear, overlapping strokes and covering each area two to three times. Work you body in sections beginning with the soles of your feet, moving to the legs (front, back and sides), then going to your buttocks and back, followed by neck, chest and arms. Complete your routine with three to five clockwise turns over your abdomen to stimulate your colon. Once you’re done, bathe or shower as normal and when finished, apply body oil or moisturiser to your freshly exfoliated skin before toweling off.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be gentle. There are no extra points for causing irritation to your skin. Yes, you may turn a bit pink during the brushing, however, you should not be scraping your skin. Gentle brushing will do the work of removing the dead layers that have built-up.
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