It ain’t called dry body brushing for nothing. It’s important the skin is dry as this increases the exfoliation process, and Jocelyn recommends doing it after your shower. “Then you’ve washed away any sort of surface dirt, or oil or body moisturiser that may otherwise adhere to the brush,” she explains. “Plus, if you’ve just had a shower your skin’s going to be soft and it is more likely that the brush will stimulate the sloughing off of skin cells”.
Start at your feet and work your way up, says Jocelyn. “It’s important to brush in the direction of lymphatic flow or drainage, which is from the limbs to the heart. And use light, long brush strokes.”
As for pressure, it should feel firm but not painful. “Lymphatic drainage is stimulated by a light pressure – you don’t want your skin to be going too pink or too red.” And avoid delicate areas like the face, neck, décolletage and breasts. Jocelyn says doing it once or twice a week will give great benefit.
If you’ve exfoliated a lot of skin cells off you may want to jump back in the shower for a quick rinse down, and then dry off and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. “Post-dry body brushing, apply some oil or moisturiser, and it will soak in beautifully because you sloughed away that barrier.”
Because the brush is being used to slough dead skin, it’s a good idea to keep it hygienic. “Spray it with a mixture of water and tea tree after each use, and if you’re using it a couple times a week maybe you want to replace your brush every few months,” says Jocelyn.
Story by Sigourney and Melinda Nanovsky