The Benefits of Dry Brushing
There are so many benefits to Dry Brushing your skin.
I've been Dry Brushing my skin, daily, for the better part of 2 years!
It's made such a difference in the way my skin looks and feels.
I started looking into Dry Brushing when I noticed my arms were looking dry and crepey.
What is Dry Brushing or Dry Skin Brushing?
Dry brushing is the process of using a dry body brush to exfoliate your skin.
You're literally taking the body brush and running it over your skin, dry which helps to slough off dead cells from the skin's surface and enhance lymphatic drainage and blood flow.
What are the benefits of Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is wonderful for exfoliating your skin.
Dry brushing helps to remove dead skin cells that build up on your skin making it feel dry and rough.
Dry Brushing helps to unclog pores and prevent ingrown hairs from forming and it also helps to release tucked-under ingrown hairs.
Dry brushing helps to increase blood circulation and promote lymphatic flow and drainage.
When shouldn't you Dry Brush your skin?
If you have eczema, psoriasis, wounds, a rash, a sunburn, or overly sensitive skin, you shouldn't Dry Brush your skin. Be smart about it. And, if you have any skin concerns, consult your doctor first.
If you start Dry Brushing and your skin becomes irritated, your body brush could be too stiff, you may be pressing too hard, or you may be Dry Brushing too frequently, so stop it and scale back. Again, be smart about it.
What's the best body brush for Dry Brushing?
These are some of my favorite body brushes for Dry Brushing. I always like having a long-handled Dry Brush on hand for hard-to-reach areas.
How many times a week should you Dry Brush?
It truly depends on your skin. Once or twice a week may be sufficient. Or as often as feels comfortable.
Personally, I Dry Brush my entire body every single day.
Does Dry Brushing really work?
Ah, yeah! It only takes doing it once or twice to notice a difference in the way your skin looks and feels!
Benefits of Dry Brushing
Removes dead skin for smoother skin
Stimulates the lymphatic system
Rejuvenates the nervous system
Accelerates toxin elimination
Improves overall circulation
Can smooth cellulite
When should you Dry Brush your skin?
I recommend Dry Brushing immediately before bathing or showering.
Since you're sloughing off dead skin cells, you don't want to slough them off all over your floor.
Hop in a dry tub or shower first, then Dry Brush your skin and bathe immediately thereafter.
Some people like to put a couple of drops of essential oil onto their dry brush before brushing the skin. Some favorites are: grapefruit (for cellulite), eucalyptus (for cleaning
Can you use essential oils when you Dry Brush your skin?
Absolutely! There are many essential oils you can use with dry brushing that help with energy, detoxification, cleansing, stress, and relaxation!
Some of my favorites are: grapefruit, cypress, rosemary, and lavender.
What should you do after you Dry Brush?
Moisturize! My favorite body moisturizer is from CeraVe. It literally leaves my skin feeling like butter! And, it's loaded with good stuff:
*Ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II
*Hyaluronic acid to help retain skin's moisture
*Gentle, non-irritating formula
Here's a step-by-step on how to Dry Brush your skin
You always want to start at your feet and work up towards your heart.
When you get above your heart you want to work down towards your heart.
When you get to your arms, start at your hands and work upwards.
Use firm, small upward strokes.
I like to go over each area 3 times. One, two, three, then move on to the next area.
Don't press hard, let your brush do the work You're just guiding it along.
It should take you about 3 minutes to do your entire body.
I do not recommend doing your neck or your face. In my opinion, that skin is too delicate and can be damaged by dry brushing. Let your skincare, retin-a, and serums, exfoliate those areas for you!
Give Dry Brushing a try for 30 days and see how amazing your skin looks and feels!
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