by: Dominique Flournoy
Have you been looking for new ways to exfoliate your whole body and nothing is seeming to work? Well, have you tried dry brushing? When you first hear the term “dry brushing” it probably will cause some confusion about how this could be beneficial to your skin. Dry Brushing or Body Brushing is a new way to keep your skin in check. It is shown that not only does it buff away dead skin, but it's fantastic at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage, and ultimately ridding the body of toxins. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, after all.
Dry Brushing Method Step by Step
The dry brushing method itself is incredibly easy and only takes minutes, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind, including the type of brush and the direction you move it.
How Often Should You Dry Brush Your Skin?
Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can -- and should -- be doing weekly even twice a week. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don't get the brush wet. Turn on the shower and rinse the dead skin off with warm water. Use a cold water spritzer at the end to aid in blood circulation, then dry your skin good with a dry towel to help further with circulation. Finish off the process with a natural oil-based moisturizer for your skin such as almond, coconut or olive oil. Try to apply something that you would not be afraid to eat.
Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don't brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.
What type of brush should you use?The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.
Benefits: In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows, and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal, and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You'll also notice a new glow, smooth complexion. We love it because it's one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.
Be aware that some people have certain health conditions that should not use dry skin brushing. People that have diabetes, high blood pressure, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, skin that is broken, non-healed wounds, or skin infections should avoid this skin and internal health care strategy.
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