Benefits of Dry Brushing the Skin

Every day I brush my hair and my teeth but I never thought or even knew about dry brushing the skin.
When I first heard about this I’ll admit I thought it was just another hooky beauty trend that would last 5 minutes.
With the hot temperatures this summer my skin has been a combination of oily and dry.
My shoulders were especially dry and once I tried “Dry brushing” I noticed a difference.
Dry brushing has been gaining popularity lately and I first noticed “dry brushing” on the service menu at a spa and had to look up what it was.
Dry brushing has many potential benefits, from smoother skin to helping with lymphatic drainage.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing involves brushing the skin with a long handle body brush before showering.
It helps remove dull, surface skin and supports your body’s natural revitalization processes, unveiling soft, smooth skin.
Dry brushing regularly will increase overall blood circulation throughout your body and helps with lymphatic drainage.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Exfoliation

This benefit is often noticed after the first use, brushing over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating the skin.
I noticed less dry skin and much softer skin in the first few days after I started dry brushing.

Clean Pores and Smaller Pores

The added benefit of exfoliating the skin is clearing oil, dirt, and residue from the pores and unclogging the pores helps skin absorb more nutrients.
To dry brush the face, use a smaller, gentler dry brush like a face cleansing brush - a body brush would be rough on the facial skin causing more damage.
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Lymphatic Support

The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system.
It is made up of organs, lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that collect waste throughout the body.
Lymph nodes are found around the body, sometimes they can “get stuck” in little pockets in the body, some of the most prominent locations would be the throat, groin, armpits, chest and abdomen.
Brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.

Reduces Cellulite

Cellulite is toxic materials that have collected in the body’s fat cells and are trapped, unable to be eliminated from the body.
Dry skin brushing helps to break down any trapped toxins from within the body and help your body eliminate them and Dry brushing unlike some spa treatments is not an invasive treatment – it feels great and makes skin softer.

Selecting a Dry Brush

A firm long handle bristle brush will allow you to reach the entire back area and brush the bottoms of the feet and the backs of the legs comfortably.
If your skin is sensitive you may want to start with a softer brush and eventually move onto a firmer brush.
My skin was very sensitive and that’s what I did at first and now I use a firm bristle brush.
You also want to apply gentle pressure at first and as your skin gets more comfortable with the dry brushing technique apply more pressure.
You don’t want to brush too hard - a soft and smooth stroke works best.
My skin is slightly pink after brushing, but it should never be red or sting.

How to Dry Brush the Skin

- Start at the bathroom sink to brush the face with a Facial cleansing brush. Gently wash face. Pat dry.

- Before showering stand in the shower / bathtub to prevent dead or dry skin from falling on the bathroom floor.

- Start by brushing the feet and up the legs in long, smooth strokes, typically brush each section of skin about 10 times.

- Always brush toward the center of the body, this helps with circulation and lymphatic flow.

 - Moving up to the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.

- Starting with the palms of the hands, brushing up the arm toward the heart. Again, brush each section of skin about 10 times.

- Repeat the process on the back, neck and shoulders.

- Once you've brushed your entire body, jump in the shower.

- After getting out of the shower, pat dry and apply Jojoba Oil or Coconut Oil to the skin.

I like to alternate between hot and cold water at a temperature I can tolerate, this stimulates blood circulation, bringing more blood to the top layers of the skin.
Continue to dry brush your entire body every day or at least every time you shower or bathe.
Remember to clean your brush with soap and water every one to two weeks and replace the brush every 6-12 months as the bristles will wear out.
Leave it to dry in a clean, sunny spot to avoid any mildew accumulation on the brush.

Try Dry brushing and let me know your results!
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~Jennifer