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Monday, February 22, 2016

DRY BRUSHING


It seems that every beauty, health, and wellness site these days has some mention of dry brushing and its far reaching benefits. From exfoliating to reducing the appearance of cellulite, the simple act of dry brushing seemed to be begging to be incorporated into my daily routine.

How does dry brushing work? 
The exfoliation part is simple enough to understand. Gently brushing sloughs off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance. It also allows for moisturizer to hydrate more efficiently when applied after.
As for detoxifying, dry brushing is similiar to massage. The light pressure and direction of the brush helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes so that waste can be eliminated. Your body would naturally do this anyway, but dry brushing speeds up the process and at the same time boosts circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, which helps them to more efficiently do their jobs.

How do you dry brush?
A proper brush is needed, which you can purchase at most stores that carry your regular shower and bath supplies. (For first timers, I recommend this one from Target. It's a simple design and won't hurt your bank account.) Dry brushing energizes and stimulates the body. The best time is before showering. Using long, upward strokes, start brushing your skin at your feet and work up your legs one at a time. Then move up your mid-section (front and back) and across your chest. Finish by brushing up your arms toward your armpits (the most abundant site of lymph nodes in your body). 

How do I know dry brushing is working?
Your skin should feel softer and smoother after just one session. Some people even say the detox and circulatory boost helps with digestive issues and skin problems such as acne. Others claim to feel more energized, most likely a result of the increased blood flow.

I would recommend trying for at least a week, to see if you want to incorporate dry brushing into your daily routine.

2 comments :

  1. ooh.. I'm heard of this technique before!! thanks for sharing!

    Have a great week!
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  2. I've heard a little bit about this, but definitely need to look into it more! Sounds like it is pretty beneficial.

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