Back at it again with trying these new things that my amazing friends recommend me (thanks for this one Emagene).
Sooo you probably brush your hair, and your teeth, but do you brush your skin? Probs not.
Dry brushing has many potential benefits, from smoother skin to helping with cellulite – I’m listening.
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like… brushing the skin in a pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering.
In dry brushing, the skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest.
I’ve only just started dry brushing over the last month but it makes me feel great and my skin is sooo much smoother.
There’s a few other benefits too!
Exfoliation – Noticed the first time you do it! The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin.
Clean Pores – The added benefit of exfoliating the skin is clearing oil, dirt, and residue from the pores. Use a smaller, gentler dry brush for the face.
Lymphatic Support – The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin. Brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.
Natural Energy Boost – I can’t explain why but dry brushing always gives me a natural energy boost. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy.
Reduces Cellulite – Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. So, rather than take drastic measures like liposuction, how about utilizing the dry skin brushing techniques to help break down unwanted toxins?
Now if this has absolutely sold you, down to the most important part – Selecting your brush!
Body Brush – Tampico FSC Body Brush – Firm Bristle – Non-Toxic Dry Body Brush, has not been sprayed with chemicals. Long handle, detachable brush head, canvas hand strap, made of the finest Tampico plant bristles. Tampico bristles are a fine plant bristle that won’t scratch the skin, it is cut on a smooth convex so it hugs the body while dry brushing and has no sharp edges.
Face Brush – Achieve soft glowing skin on your face every day by dry brushing with this beautifully soft plant bristle brush, made of Jute bristle, especially designed for delicate skin.
Once you get those brushes of yours, HOW THE HECK DO YOU DO IT?
- Starting at the feet, I brush the bottoms of my feet and up my legs in long, smooth strokes. I typically brush each section of skin 10 times. For lymph flow, I always brush toward the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains.
- As a good rule of thumb, always brush toward the center of the body.
- Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart. Again, I brush each section of skin 10 times.
- On the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.
- I then repeat the process on my abdomen and back, and then switch to my face with the more delicate brush.
Side note: Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. My skin is slightly pink after brushing, but it should never be red or sting. If it hurts at all, use less pressure!