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DRY BRUSHING 101

Whether you’ve heard of dry brushing or not, you’ve come to the right place! We will be explaining what it is and how to do it properly to gain all the benefits as well as what to avoid in order to do it safely. 

 

What Is It? 

 

Essentially, dry brushing is another form of body exfoliation that is done on dry skin with a stiff natural bristle brush before getting in the shower. Some brushes are stiffer than others so we recommend picking based on the sensitivity of your skin. The more sensitive your skin is, the softer the bristles should be. We also recommend getting a brush with a long handle so you can reach all parts of your body. As far as how often to do this, we recommend starting with one or two times a week and gauging how your skin reacts. Some people can handle dry brushing daily, others cannot, so to avoid any irritation and over exfoliation start small and work up. There are many benefits to exfoliating with this technique if done properly.  

 

What Are The Benefits? 

 

The benefits of dry brushing include removing dead skin, unclogging pores, increasing blood circulation, and stimulating lymphatic drainage. Some people have claimed that this technique has reduced the appearance of cellulite; however, there is no proof of this. What may be happening instead is that the skin is plumping up due to increased blood circulation which makes it seem like there is less cellulite, but don’t be discouraged if that isn’t the case for you. (Also, just a reminder that there is nothing wrong with cellulite; it’s natural and beautiful!).

 

Many people also claim that it can help relax the body and the nervous system in the same way a massage would. This can be a great therapeutic exfoliation process that will also improve the texture and appearance of your skin over time. So go ahead and add this to your list of self care activities! 

 

Precautions 

 

Some precautions do need to be taken in order to do it safely. If you have extremely sensitive and reactive skin you may want to be careful not to irritate or inflame the skin when doing this technique. Do not do this if you have any skin conditions, irritations, bumps, cuts, rashes, infections, lesions, etc. In addition, definitely do not do this during a shower, especially if it’s a hot shower as this can further inflame the skin. Hot showers strip away our natural oils which we need on our skin when dry brushing. Also, do not dry brush on the face since the skin there is very delicate compared to the rest of the body. 

 

How to Do It Properly? 

 

In order to gain all the benefits of dry brushing, follow these steps: 

  1. Make sure your skin is completely dry.

  2. Start at your feet and brush your skin upwards in long, fluid strokes with medium to firm pressure. Make sure to lighten up pressure in sensitive areas like the abdomen, breasts, and neck. 

  3. Always move in the direction towards your heart, and you can move in circular motions on the torso and back. 

  4. Hop into the shower right after to wash off all of the excess dead skin and flakes.

  5. After you get out of the shower, make sure to moisturize the skin with nourishing lotions/oils.

Don’t forget to clean the brush after each use. We recommend using a gentle soap, face wash, or body wash to clean the brush and keep it hygienic. Let it dry in an open, dry, and sunny area to prevent bacteria and mildew build up. 

Always remember that everyone reacts differently to skin care and body care products/techniques. Make sure to consult a professional and do more research if you want more in depth information that will pertain more specifically to your own skin concerns. If you follow these steps, take the proper precautions, and are overall gentle with the process then this is a great new technique to add to your pre-shower routine!  



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AUTHOR: TAYLOR .S

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