Today I wanted to share some tips and benefits about dry skin brushing. As I have learned more about health and nutrition, I have started to see the many ways that what is going on inside our bodies is reflected on our faces. Hormone imbalances, allergies and lack of sleep show right up. Our skin does not lie.
I have always been fascinated by skin rituals and products. Growing up, I did not have the perfect skin that I longed to possess. As a result, I was constantly trying out new products. I have fair skin that is very reactive. Does magic in a bottle exist? Probably not, but I did try to discover the secret code. I could often be found hunting down the latest fad at a department store beauty counter or the aisles of a drug store. Clips from magazines were stuffed in my purse with the items from beauty magazines.
I was never one to go to bed with make up on or go to a tanning bed. I was willing to do whatever it took to have good skin. However, many of us are familiar with the frustration of feeling like you have tried everything from A-Z with no improvement.
Embracing a more holistic approach to beauty has led me to the ritual of daiy dry skin brushing. Around 3 months ago, I decided to make dry brushing part of my routine because I heard of how wonderful it can be for your skin and health. Below are some of the questions I had before I started using one regularly. I thought it would be helpful to share what I know about dry skin brushing as well as a few tips I have picked up since I started.
Dry Skin Brushing Benefits & Tips
What is dry skin brushing?
Brushing with a natural brush that will help exfoliate skin cells. I started doing this about 3 months ago and feel it is a great help especially in the winter months since my skin is drier. I am trying to do it daily, but when you are starting out I would aim for every other day.
When should you do it?
I think it is easiest to do it right before you shower. Just do not get the brush wet! You could always do it at another time during the day, but it seems like the most natural sequence to remove the dead skin, hop in the shower and then moisturize with coconut oil or the moisturizer of your choice.
Coconut oil is typically my go-to product. I did a post a little ways back on my love for coconut oil.
Is a dry brush expensive? Where can I buy one?
A dry brush is great because they do not have to be replaced on any regular basis. You can buy them at any health foods store or online. I bought mine on Amazon and it was between $10-15 dollars. Many others have a long handle which helps for hard to reach spots.
How do you do it?
Make sure to use a gentle pressure and do not go overboard as you could damage your skin. Be sure to avoid any cuts and scratches too. Brush towards the heart in long sweeps. Start at your feet and work your way up. On your stomach, work the brush clockwise. Do not use the brush on your face. The bristles would be too harsh.
What are the benefits?
- Cell renewal & blood flow
- Helps the lymphatic system break down toxins
- Glowing skin
There is mixed research out there about whether or not dry brushing can help eliminate cellulite. From my experience, cellulite is most often caused by a lack or atrophied muscle. I think dry skin brushing will help stimulate blood flow to the area. This can enhance the appearance of your skin.
Dry skin brushing is simple, inexpensive and accessible for all of us. You can always find a few extra minutes to treat yourself to improve your health and get a glow.
We have to find ways to battle the dry skin that comes along this time of year!
Question of the Day: Have you ever tried dry skin brushing?
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