Brush Up on Dry Brushing

Mission: Achieve smooth and healthy skin. Roadblocks: Stress, food and other triggers can make your skin rough. Solution: Dry brushing.

Dry brushing is a technique used to smooth skin. The process is easy. You take a bristled brush — preferably one with a long handle to help reach your back — and brush your skin, starting with your feet and moving up the body. Make sure you brush toward the center of the body, towards your heart in circular motions.

Like many skin treatments, approach dry brushing with caution. While someone who has been dry brushing for years may brush a section of their body ten times, beginner dry-brushers should start with two to three brushes per arm or leg. Start out one to two times a week to see how your skin reacts. It’s important to find out what works for your skin, and more sensitive skin types may need to make modifications, such as a lower number of brushes per section and using brushes with softer bristles. Some people even use different types of brushes for different areas of their bodies, like using a soft-bristled brush for the face.

Dry brushing can provide other benefits besides smoother skin. It can:

  1.          Help the body naturally detox
  2.          Exfoliate the skin
  3.          Clean pores and decrease pore size
  4.          Increase energy
  5.          Minimize cellulite

Dry brushing is best done in the mornings to avoid restless sleeping. Follow up the brushing routine with a shower to rinse off the dead skin cells. Then, apply a lotion that works for your skin type to help hydrate and relax the skin. You should wash the brush with soap and water every few weeks to remove buildup, and replace your brush every six months or so to keep the bristles fresh.

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