Dry body brushing – why, how and when…
Just a couple of minutes body brushing a day before a bath or shower will promote your lymph, helping your body metabolise toxins more efficiently, discouraging fluid retention and cellulite (the two are related to each other), and softening and toning your skin. The benefits are immediate and lasting.
It’s so simple – just swift strokes, up your body towards your heart. So, from feet (you should do your soles if you have time) to knees, a few short strokes behind your knees where there is a density of lymph, then up over your thighs to your hips and over buttocks. On your arms, start on your hands and brush up to your elbows, then up over upper arms to shoulders. A few gentle strokes under your arms is a bonus too – again because this area is concentrated with lymph.
It couldn’t be easier: turn on your morning shower, grab your brush and do a few brisk strokes over your legs and arms while the water heats up – it takes two minutes or less! Do it in the shower if it’s quicker – you can brush wet or dry skin. But the main thing to remember is not to scrub your skin with the brush: maintain steady, long, swift strokes of the bristles.
Organic papaya mask
Remove dead skin and revitalise your face with an organic papaya mask.
Many exfoliants contain abrasive ingredients that scratch your skin which can damage your skin and speed aging. Instead, it’s better to use an enzymatic exfoliant. Papaya contains the natural enzyme papain and pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which helps naturally exfoliate the skin, leaving it smooth and soft. Greener (unripe) papayas have higher amounts of papain, so opt for these to get the best exfoliation. If you have sensitive skin, use ripe papayas because they’re less likely to trigger an inflammatory reaction.
Scoop out a ¼ cup raw papaya flesh, mash or blend with 1 Tablespoon fresh pineapple until smooth. Apply to your dry face and leave on for 5 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with cool water. If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test on your arm before applying to face.
The alpha hydroxy acids and the enzymes in this recipe dissolve dry, dead skin. You only need to do this once or twice per week