When’s the last time you treated your skin?……I mean really took the time to extensively cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize or massage the skin. People usually tend to rigorously treat the skin on their face and neck, regularly exfoliating, cleansing, moisturizing but often neglect to give as much attention to the rest of the skin. Dry skin brushing is a simple efficient practice you can add to your weekly routine that goes far beyond aesthetics offering whole-body benefits to your overall health.
What is Dry Skin Brushing?
Dry skin brushing is the practice of using a dry natural bristle brush to brush the outer layer of the skin. In addition to improving the skins outer appearance dry skin brushing also stimulates the lymphatic system, exfoliates the skin, unclogs pores and removes unwanted dead skin cells. It is a safe practice that can be performed everyday, usually before showering.
How exactly does Dry Skin Brushing work?
- Start with the feet, followed by the legs brushing in smooth circular strokes towards the heart for 5-6 minute intervals per section.
- Repeat this process for the arms, starting with the palm of the hands brushing up towards the heart for 5-6 minute intervals per section.
- Repeat this process for the remaining areas of the body.
How Dry Skin Brushing benefit the skin and overall health?
Having lived with eczema and dry skin most of my life, dry brushing has been an essential part of my weekly routine for years as it has improved and treated the outer surface of my skin. In addition to softening my skin, dry skin brushing has helped to remove dead skin cells acquired overtime, particularly in the colder winter months when my skin tends to become dry and flaky. Beyond this, dry skin brushing offers a multitude of benefits including:
It Stimulates the Lymphatic System
Dry Skin brushing is a powerful natural detoxifying agent the stimulates the lymphatic system by eliminating cellular waste toxins from the body.
Exfoliates the skin
Dry skin brushing removes dead skin for the outer layer of the skin, helping to clear clogged pores and improving the outer appearance of the skin caused by oil, dirt and residue.
It Increases Circulation + Bloodflow
Dry Skin Brushing helps to increase circulation and blood in the body as it promotes the elimination of metabolic waste.
Relives Stress and Discomfort
Dry skin brushing is often compared to a full-body massage as it helps to relieve stress soothing the mind and body and reducing muscle tention.
It Improves the outer appearance of the skin
Dry skin brushing can dramatically improve the outer appearance of the skin as it removes dead skin cells reveling softer, smoother skin after only one session.
Before you start dry skin brushing keep in mind……
- Choose a dry skin brush with firm natural bristles. Natural bamboo dry brushes are my top recommendation!
- Apply gentle pressure while brushing to avoid overly irritating the skin. (It’s normal for your skin to turn pink (not red) after each session.
- Brush in circular motions towards your heart.
- Brush the skin before showering and follow-up with a moisturizing lotion after showering.
- Brush once or twice daily for optimal results.
This brush featured in this photo be purchased at IKEA
Go try Dry Skin Brushing today and let me what your favorite part about it was and if you saw any immediate results in the the comment section below!
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