JUST BRUSH IT OFF

Dry brush­ing is the thing to do these days, but what is it about this sim­ple beauty trend that has got­ten peo­ple so hyped up about their next shower? Let’s take a look at its ben­e­fits!

Women's Health (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Zoé Ng

Read and reap the ben­e­fits of dry brush­ing.

We can guess the ques­tion that’s on the tip of your tongue. “What is dry brush­ing and why does it sound so painful?” Don’t worry. It’s just a method of brush­ing the skin in a par­tic­u­lar pat­tern with a dry brush be­fore your daily shower.

Typ­i­cally, it in­volves brush­ing your body in firm, small strokes to­wards the heart, start­ing at the feet and hands, and mov­ing to­wards your chest. At the stom­ach, use small, cir­cu­lar mo­tions in a counter-clock­wise pat­tern.

Aside from ex­fo­li­at­ing, dry brush­ing of­fers a plethora of health ben­e­fits such as detox­ing, boost­ing cir­cu­la­tion, stim­u­lat­ing lymph nodes, and im­prov­ing di­ges­tion and the ap­pear­ance of cel­lulite.

Dry brushes come in all shapes and sizes. Long brushes al­low you to reach hard-to-get spots like down the cen­tre of your back; while shorter brushes with straps that fit your hand per­fectly al­low you to brush com­fort­ably and eas­ily.

All brush­ing should be done gen­tly, and with care, as it should never dam­age or scratch the skin in any way. So, don’t press down too hard, and make sure to get a brush that’s suit­able for your skin type. We rec­om­mend do­ing it for three to five min­utes daily, be­fore your shower, fol­lowed with your favourite body lo­tion af­ter.

Now that you know all you need to about this easy beauty trend, here are some of our cur­rent favourites to help you on your way to a bet­ter body!

The ny­lon bris­tles come in un­du­lat­ing peaks to lift away dead skin for an im­me­di­ate ra­di­ance boost. Opt for this form of gen­tle ex­fo­li­a­tion be­fore your skin­care regime for the best re­sults. Aveda Tu­lasāra Ra­di­ant Fa­cial Dry Brush, RM199

It may be called dry brush­ing, but this ex­tra-long han­dled brush can be used on both dry and wet skin. Just take it into the shower and use it with your favourite shower gel or bar soap. The Body Shop Long Han­dled Cac­tus Bath Brush, RM99

Bronze bris­tles made from real cop­per and zinc de­liver ions straight to the skin, giv­ing you an en­ergy boost through in­creased me­tab­o­lism. Liv­ing Li­ba­tions En­ergy Brush, ap­prox­i­mately RM200, www.liv­ingliba­tions.com

This nifty brush’s jute bris­tles keep away those pesky in­grown hairs in your bikini area that we all hate so much. Bikini Dry Brush, RM90, www. cap­beauty.com

The goat hair bris­tles give you the ef­fect of a mini facelift when used in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion over the chin, cheeks, nose and fore­head. Kar­mameju Re­new Face Brush, RM234, www.cap­beauty.com

Those who need a gen­tler touch should take this brush with ul­tra-soft cac­tus sisal fi­bres for a spin! Aro­mather­apy As­so­ci­ates Polishing Body Brush, ap­prox­i­mately RM140, www.net-a-porter.com n

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