Monday, 28 July 2014

Quickest Way To Prep Skin For The Beach – Dry Brushing

We’re approaching peak holiday time and that means one thing: exposed flesh - and lots of it if we’re heading to the beach.

August is the month when body bits more usually hidden under t-shirts and skirts are suddenly set free to feel the breeze and soak up the sun. But while our heads are telling us we’re more than ready to hit the beach, is our skin?

Out of sight out of mind pretty much sums up me and my skin. It’s only when summer comes along and I’m ready to get my legs out do I suddenly realise that the skin on parts of my anatomy is well, erm, perhaps a little flaky and sorry looking. I have a meticulous skincare routine for my face but when it comes to the rest of me it’s another story!  

If this scenario sounds familiar don’t panic. There’s a brilliant fix. It’s dry brushing. Do you do it? Dry brushing is simply sweeping dry skin with a dry brush. It’s quick and easy to do, and will get your skin beach perfect in next to no time.

Benefits:

-    Sloughs off dead skin cells
-    Boosts circulation  and lymphatic drainage
-    Reduces cellulite by softening fat deposits near skin surface
-    Leaves skin smooth and glowing
-    Prolongs a tan
-    Makes you feel invigorated
-    Some say it even improves digestion and kidney function

Tools

Ideally you need two brushes. A small round one (like above) with a loop for your hand  - ideal for brushing arms, legs and tummy. Plus a second brush (like below) with a long handle to make reaching your back easier.
Do invest in good quality brushes, with natural bristles like the two pictured. My round one is from Boots (similar here), and the long handled Urban Spa one is from Champneys (similar here). Together they cost less than £20.

Technique

Always brush towards the heart. Start off at the feet and sweep in long strokes quickly upwards to the top of the legs. Next start from the back of the hands and brush towards the chest. Then sweep the stomach in an anti-clockwise direction. Finally, sweep the back, brushing from the base to the shoulder blades. Be deliberate with your brushing strokes but don’t sweep too hard – you want to stimulate the skin but not irritate it!

Treatment frequency is open to debate. For me 2-3 times a week is ample, but be governed by your own body.  I’ve read that there’s nothing wrong with doing it daily.

Post Treatment



There’s no right or wrong time of day to dry brush. I prefer to do it in the evening just before a bath. Then after my soak I pat my skin dry and nourish it with a rich body oil or cream. Currently I’m using Balance Me’s Super Toning Body Oil, which I got given at a recent bloggers event.

Super Toning Body Oil is a perfect accompaniment. It’s completely natural and has a deliciously rich texture. It contains Bergamot, Geranium, Juniper and Lavender essential oils. Jojoba and Sweet Almond oil, with their naturally occurring fatty acids and vitamins, are also in the mix. You can buy it here for £20 (200ml). 

How Long ‘til Results?  

This will vary person-to-person but within days of getting back on top of my dry brushing regime my skin was beach glowing – as much as it will ever be!
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19 comments

  1. Like you I also favour the out of sight out of mind technique and then panic about a week before the holiday, but these tips sound really useful and easy to master x

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  2. This sounds amazing, I think I will definitely give it a go! My poor legs aren't looking too fantastic at the mo, even though I exfoliate them. I think they might need a little more love!

    Emma | DollfaceBlogs

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    1. I'm a firm believer in dry brushing. It makes a big difference to the texture of our skin. Tx

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  3. Lovely review! I need to try this!

    Emma x
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  4. I have actually never heard of this before! I know such an amateur! Sounds like a great way to polish off your skin though haha <3

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    1. It is great. A lot of people do swear by it. It's so easy to do. Tx

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  5. Great tips! I won't be getting a beach holiday this Summer, but will defo be taking care of my skin, I love the Balance Me products xxx

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    1. Thanks! I've made a firm plan to look after my body skin better too! :) Tx

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  6. Great review. I've never tried dry brushing before, but feel that it's something that I should really get into.

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    1. Thank you. I think you will get into it once you start doing it. Great results for little effort. Tx

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  7. I must admit I too lazy to do all this brushing. I didn't know about that many benefits, but I thought that a bit of massage would be good for me, so at some point years ago I bought similar brushes to yours. They only got used once or twice and the rest of the time they were sitting in my bathroom taking up space.. I should try them maybe on my problem areas to make the session shorter.

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    1. It doesn't take much effort - it only takes about a minute to do. I think there's such big payback to be had with dry brushing. Love it! Tx

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  8. Oh, this sounds heavenly! I truly need to try it! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. It is heavenly. If you do try it please let me know how you got on :) Tx

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  9. I do love a bit of dry body brushing. xx

    Julie
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    1. I'm with you Julie, all the way :) Tx

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  10. I have never dry brushed but I do believe it works. I do have a dry brush though but I use it wet anyway! I am scared my dry leg skin will fly everywhere if I use it dry lmao! Kisses, Sissi http://www.beauty4free2u.com

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