You may have seen dry brushing listed as part of a salt-scrub service on a spa menu, or overheard someone talking about it at yoga, but do you actually know how it can benefit your skin? Here’s what you need to know.
What is dry brushing?
A form of body exfoliation using a dry brush with firm bristles—many are made of cactus—that is often loved for its internal and external benefits. Dry brushing is one of the most effective methods of body exfoliation because it’s multitasking: it's incredible as a cellulite treatment, it increases blood circulation and it dramatically increases elasticity, so it's perfect for lifting and toning a problematic area.
What are the benefits of dry brushing?
Dry brushing is meant to exfoliate your skin, increase your energy and blood circulation, and reduce cellulite, the exfoliation action not only gets rid of dead and dry skin, but also stimulates collagen production, which helps thicken the skin and lessen the appearance of fat cells.
Lymphatic drainage is also another benefit. It helps stimulate the lymphatic system to remove toxins from the body and bring in healthy nutrients—it makes the skin glow all over, it may be old school, but it works! Exfoliating with a dry brush can also help firming creams and lotions absorb deeper for maximum effectiveness. Other perks include visible improvement in skin tone and a reduction in clogged hair follicles that can often lead to skin conditions like kerastosis pilaris.
How to dry brush at home
Before your morning shower start at the tops of your feet and brush upwards toward your heart. Spend extra time on areas that tend to be more stagnant, like the inner thighs, and don't forget to include the backs of your arms and your back. You definitely want the strokes to be long and straight toward the heart—circles don’t work. Also, never use a dry brush on your face!”
Experts recommend using it on dry skin prior to showering for five to 10 minutes—the goal is to feel invigorated, if your skin feels sore after soften your application. With continued use—some prefer every day, twice a day or every other day—you should see less lumps and a healthier overall glow. Experts recommend patients to start with a soft brush and gentle pressure, and work up to firmer bristles and pressure over time.
“Dry brushing immediately increases circulation, and a warm shower will open up your pores, making this an optimal time to apply CocoCanna hemp oil body butter.”
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