I’ve been a fan of dry brushing for a long time, but I really got into it when I was pregnant with Oliver. I think dry brushing and exfoliating my entire body really helped my skin during and after pregnancy. I’m a huge believer in dry brushing. It’s a great at-home spa treatment and really has so many benefits to the body.
Why Do I Dry Brush?
Dry brushing can help remove dead skin cells, revealing smoother more vibrant looking skin. We often exfoliate our faces, but we shouldn’t neglect exfoliating our bodies too. You can choose to exfoliate your body dry or wet. It really comes down to preference, and I will talk about that more in a bit.
Dry brushing gives a surge of blood flow which brings fresh nutrients and oxygen to the skins surface. This brings an overall health and youthful appearance back to the skin.
Dry brushing can help the flow of lymph fluid throughout your body. This can aid in removing toxins and boosting the immune system.
How To Use A Dry Brush
You can brush your entire body starting at the soles of your feet. Dry brushing can feel a little rough at first, but it’s totally worth it. Work your way up towards your thighs. Brush in large oval motions moving the brush in upwards strokes towards the heart. Be sure to focus on your thighs and bottom where cellulite and stretch marks are most common. For the tummy area, use clockwise sweeps following the digestive system.
You will definitely see rosy skin afterwards, and might even feel a little tingly. That’s completely normal, and actually a good sign.
Most therapists recommend dry brushing before a shower. I like to do wet and dry brushing, but I find dry to be the most effective, and I can really feel the blood flow. It’s extremely invigorating, so it’s GREAT for the beginning of the day, although dry brushing can be performed at any time in the day.
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