I have always been a big fan of exfoliating the skin. I love sugar and salt scrubs and have been known to mix up my own concoctions at home. I recently discovered Dry Brushing and I am obsessed! Nothing has ever made my skin so soft and apparently there are some other great benefits, as well. It encourages the body to discharge metabolic waste which aids in lymphatic drainage and rids the body of toxins, increases circulation and lessens the appearance of cellulite, helps with muscle tone and eliminates clogged pores so your skin can better absorb nutrients. Amazing!
Now, it seems that you can’t just dry brush once a week or whenever you remember. Well, you can but if you want to get the maximum benefits, it is wise to follow these steps (taken from jashbotanicals.com):
How to Get Started With Your Skin Brushing Regimen
|1. Purchase a natural, NOT a synthetic, bristle brush. (vegetable bristle)
2. Purchase a brush with a long handle, so that you are able to reach all areas of your body. Best-case scenario would be one that had a removable head with a strap for your hand.
3. Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. If you are feeling ill, please do it twice a day until you feel better.
4. Skin brushing should be performed prior to your bath or shower and your body dry and naked.
5. Begin brushing your skin in long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction. Always brush towards the heart. Try and brush several times in each area, over-lapping as you go.
6. Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken.
7. After brushing your skin, rinse off in the shower. Paavo Airola, author of Swedish Beauty Secrets, recommends alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
8. After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oil, such as almond, jojoba, sesame or coconut. We like to use a small amount of Euro Organic Oil
9. Don’t forget to clean your skin brush using soap and water once a week. After rinsing, dry your skin brush in an open, sunny spot to prevent mildew.
10. For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, perform skin brushing daily for a minimum of three months.
Caution: Do not brush on or over skin rashes, wounds, cuts, infections, poison oak or poison ivy.
Note: Any well designed program will take about 30 days to see and experience the changes. Please be patient and keep up the program!
I have been following these instructions for a few weeks now and I am loving it. Being a new mom, I have to get my showers in when I can so it’s not always in the morning like the directions say, and let’s be honest… it’s not always every day , but, I have noticed a huge difference in the texture of my skin. I am softer and a lot less itchy. And that makes me OMG OBSESSED!
* I purchased my natural bristle skin brush at Target.