The concept of body brushing is not new, not by a long shot. This practice has been utilized by the ancient Greeks, Ayurvedic practices (both modern and ancient), and even sacred Native American cultures. Used for purposes ranging from bodily exfoliation to stimulating lymphatic flow, body brushing, and the art of stimulating the body are rooted in sacredness and science.
Introducing our new Exfoliating Body Brush
While there are many reliable and sustainably sourced body brushes out there, we just couldn't stay out of the game. Our new Exfoliating Body Brush boasts real sisal fiber bristles and an authentic lotus wood handle and is crafted in the small town of Yiwu, Japan.
How to use (and why)
Use our Exfoliating Body Brush by gently buffing in circular motions starting with the feet, then legs, always moving towards the heart. After doing both legs, move to the backs of the hands, and then up the arms towards the chest of the body. Take your brush and move it in a circular motion, very gently on the stomach area and trunk of the body. Hold it over your shoulder and around your side to get to your back. Light pressure is perfect, as it does not take much weight on the skin to stimulate the lymphatic system of the body.
Use this body brush to exfoliate dry skin and soften the body in preparation for a shower or moisturizing treatments, such as our Radiant Skin Silk Body Lotion or Palo Santo Body Butter.
These bristles come from the Sisal plant, a cute little succulent, and are a semi-firm consistency. Whereas other plant-based bristles can be incredibly dense or firm, thus over-exfoliating or over-stimulating the body, the sisal bristles naturally have an even stiffness.
A homage to the lotus plant, we love using the Lotus wood for its permeability and natural density.
Where it is crafted
This brush is crated in Yiwu, Japan, a small countryside village. The bristles are shipped to them from Mexico and the brush is assembled there.
Common Questions with the Exfoliating Body Brush
- Should I dry brush my face? There are certainly potential benefits to dry brushing all parts of the body, including the face, however, our Exfoliating Body Brush is probably not the best fit. The bristles are stiff and could disrupt the acid mantel of the skin of the face. If you're interested in trying out facial dry brushing, we recommend using our Lotus Wood Exfoliating Brush and being gentle on the skin. If excess dryness starts to happen, back off.
- Do I use this brush on wet or dry skin? Dry skin is ideal in order to most successfully slough off any dead skin cells.
- Is it best to use this morning or evening? Either are perfectly fine! Because this practice can stimulate some detoxification, if you are new to this practice, you might find it wise to try it in the evening and before bed first before taking it on as you start your day!
- How much pressure should I use? Picture the weight of a quarter resting on the back of your hand. That is all the amount of pressure that it takes to stimulate lymphatic flow and/ or drainage. You will want some pressure, but probably less than you might think!
- Is there a wrong way to use the body brush? Well, I'm sure we could think of some (it's not a hairbrush, for example), but it's hard to go wrong. You don't need a ton of pressure or to intensely scrub your body. Moving the brush in circular motions towards the heart is ideal!
- What product should I pair this with? After dry brushing the body and for a more exfoliating treatment, you can use the Kaolin Micro Exfoliant on the limbs of the body. Mix it with a pump of the Rosemary Peppermint Hand and Body Wash for an all-over body clean feel. Follow your shower with either the Radiant Skin Silk Lotion, Palo Santo Body Butter, or Coconut Body Oil.
- Do I have to shower immediately after? You do not, but it is recommended!
- Can this be used for weight loss? While the FDA prevents us from addressing any medical issues, there are wonderful detoxification benefits involved in dry brushing. Dry brushing promotes blood circulation and is an opportunity to flush any stagnant energy in the body.