Body Brushing Ritual and Brush Care, ELYTRUM UK

Body Brushing Ritual & Brush Care

Body brushing technique:

1. Start brushing at the bottom of your feet, using gentle but firm, long sweeping strokes. Always move upwards towards your heart, the center of the body. Don’t brush over an area for too long so as to not break or irritate your skin. 

2. Continue upwards to your lower legs and thighs.  

3. Move to your belly, gently stroking upwards. 

4. Repeat the same process with both arms, starting with the palms, always moving towards the heart.

5. Move onto the back. You may want to use the brush with a long curved handle, or a large body brush.

6. After you have completed brushing your whole body, jump into a shower or bath to wash off dead skin cells and impurities. You may want to alternate from hot water to cold water in the shower, to further increase your blood circulation.   

7. After showering or bathing, make sure you apply your favourite moisturising cream or nourishing essential oil blend to your skin.

If you are new to body brushing, it is recommended that you brush twice to three times a week only, and then slowly increase frequency. For sensitive areas, such as neck and breast, or if you have sensitive skin generally, we recommend using a brush with soft jute bristles. 

Do not dry brush over areas of your skin that have cuts, lesions, rashes, inflammation or sunburn, until these are fully healed. Be cautious not to brush too vigorously, to avoid damaging or thickening on the skin. Your skin should have a rosy glow after dry brushing, but if your skin is reddened for more than a few minutes, then it’s a sign to slow down and be a bit more gentle. 

Facial dry brushing technique:

Brush your face once or twice a week before shower or bath on makeup-free skin. Regular dry brushing exfoliates and massages the skin while stimulating connecting tissues and increasing blood circulation. 

1. Brush using 5-6 strokes on each facial area without applying too much pressure.

2. Start at the tip of your chin and use short swift strokes towards your ears.

3. With an inverted u-shape stroke, start at the side of your nostrils brushing towards your ears. 

4. Brush the sides of our nose using short strokes towards your forehead.

5. Continue brushing from the middle of your forehead towards the temples.

6. Move over to your temples brushing down your neck to the collarbone.

7. Move to the tip of your chin brushing down your neck.

8. Complete your treatment with long strokes from the back of your ears towards the collarbone.

9. After brushing, rinse your face and apply a moisturising cream or lotion. 

How to clean your brush

Our body brushes can last a long time with suitable care. If you brush daily, then the brush will need cleaning weekly.  If it used less frequently, then the brushes only need cleaning once to twice a month.​

How to clean your sisal body brush

1. After each use, lightly run your palms over the bristles to remove any remaining skin particles left on the brush. 

2. Wash the brush with warm water and a gentle soap or natural antiseptic, such as a tea tree oil solution. 

3. Don’t soak and leave the whole brush in water. The wooden handles are heat-treated and waxed, but they are susceptible to water damage if immersed for a long time or left undried. So best avoid constant wetting. 

4. Rinse the brush, then shake out or pad excess water with a towel, and let it air dry to prevent fungus or mould from developing. 

5. Hang it from the cord to ensure the bristles are pointing down whilst drying which avoids water collecting on the wooden parts of the brush. 

6. Allow the brush to dry completely before using it again. Do not leave in water or a damp environment for extended periods.

How to clean jute dry body brush and face brush

Jute fibre doesn't like water too much. Therefore, we recommend that, after each use, you lightly run your palms over the bristles to remove any remaining skin particles left on the brush. 

Depending on how frequently you use your dry body brush, we recommend cleaning the brushes with luke-warm water and mild soap but make sure you AVOID DIPPING OR SOAKING THE BRUSH IN WATER.

1. Prepare a bowl of luke-warm soapy water.

2. Put your hands into the bowl of water and start cleaning the brush with your fingers and palm, in circular, gentle motions while making sure the brush is not completely soaked with water.

3. When finished, pad and remove excess water with a dry towel. Hang your dry body brush using the cotton cord and let it dry in an airy, well-ventilated area, such as a bathroom window. 

You can make an antibacterial spray solution with water and tea tree essential oil, and periodically spray the brush with the solution to keep it optimally clean.