Let me introduce you to Dry Brushing, the relatively cheap phenomenon to achieve your best skin yet! I know that you have probably come across articles about dry brushing multiple times, as the secret has been out for a long time. So instead I decided to blog about some of the tips and tricks I have discovered.
I have been dry brushing, every day, for over a year now, and I’m not afraid to say its the best thing I have done for my skin.
Here’s a quick rundown:
– Start dry brushing at your feet and work upwards, using long strokes on limbs and smaller circular motion for ankles, knees, elbows. Brush counterclockwise on stomach.
– Always brush towards the heart.
– Avoid cuts or skin irritations.
– Shower and fully cleanse body.
– Massage an oil (with essential oils if possible) all over body and allow it to soak in before dressing.
– Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps our body to eliminate toxins.
– Dry brushing removes dead skin cells, and helps with cell renewal.
– Dry brushing requires a brush made with natural bristles.
– Dry brushing improves circulation.
– Overtime, dry brushing can reduce cellulite.
– Dry brushing exfoliates and is great for ensuring no more ingrown hairs form.
– Dry brushing can improve digestion.
– Dry brushing is invigorating and is a great way to reduce stress.
– Dry brushing regularly helps to achieve glowing, soft and smooth skin.
Here are some tips I have learnt:
1. I have eczema, and I thought that if I dry brushed my eczema patches and hands that it would remove the dry skin and make my skin smoother… please do NOT do this. This will only irritate and make your situation more painful. What I do recommend is avoiding dry patches and eczema while dry brushing, but pay more attention to those areas when applying the oil, and really massage the oil into them, ensuring it soaks in. This will not only improve but may even clear up most skin problems!
2. If you are new to dry brushing, or want to start, then it is very important that you do not over brush your skin. For the first two weeks, I just did a quick and gentle brush of my skin, until it got used to it. Once it starts to feel good to brush your skin, then you can increase the amount of time you spend brushing it.
3. My favourite thing to do is dry brush (in the shower so the dead skin can be easily washed away) then apply an oil and wait about 5 minutes to let it soak in. Then while I shower, my skin is protected from the hot water and is also able to absorb in more moisture due to the steam opening the pores. I will finish up with a natural and delicious smelling body wash. (Do not apply a lot of oil before the shower, just enough that can easily soak in as you do not want to make your shower slippery). Then after drying off I will apply a good quality body oil in place of a lotion.
4. Do not dry brush your neck or face, as the skin is thinner and more sensitive. However there are dry brushes made specifically for facial use.
5. Wash your dry brush after every use. I run mine under water and wash it with a mild tea tree soap, then leave it to dry for the next morning.
6. Since dry brushing is a bit more abrasive then your normal routine, it is very important you keep your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water and following up with good body oil or lotion.
In conclusion, I have found that dry brushing regularly has completely eliminated any bumps on my skin, and has made my skin soft and smooth. I have found that in combination with dry brushing and using body oils afterward, that my scars have faded quickly as well! It is also a healthier alternative then slathering on lotions full of artificial perfumes and chemicals! I encourage you to give it a try!