Several weeks ago, I invested $15 in a long handled dry brush I found at Whole Foods.
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Years ago I used to dry brush my body. Back then it was for vain reasons. I was trying to get rid of cellulite. And no, I didn’t see any changes.
I decided to start dry brushing again. But this time my motivations are different:
- To stimulate the blood flow of my skin.
- Exfoliate dead and dry skin cells.
- To feel rejuvenated!
This detailed article discusses many other benefits some believe can be achieved through dry brushing, including anti-aging and lymphatic stimulation.
Before I get into the shower or bath, I undress and starting at the top of my foot, I brush upward to my knee in long strokes, making sure to go all the way around my calf. Then, I do the same thing on my other leg. I like to count 12 strokes before moving on to the next section.
After I finish my calf area, I brush upward from my knee to the top of my leg, making sure to brush the backs of my thighs.
Next, working from the top of my hand, I brush upward to my elbow, switch arms, then from my elbow to my shoulder. Always 12 counts, but that is just my thing. I like to keep it all even.
Finally, I brush my torso from my hip to my chest ( I am more gentle in this area). And I brush my back, above my rear upward, and from my shoulders downward. The idea is to always brush toward my heart.
I prefer to brush in strokes, but several websites recommend small circular motions, which I will have to try.
Once I am finished, I hop in the shower feeling exhilarated and exfoliated. Once out of the shower, I apply organic almond oil to my skin and I’m ready to start my day.
This is how I use my dry brush. If I want to do a proper 15 minute body brushing (which I have never done, mine takes about 3 minutes at the most), I will follow the advice in this article from Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.
Does dry brushing your skin do all the wonderfully healthy things that some purport it does? Probably not. But it feels good, it’s stimulating to my skin and it’s a daily exfoliation my skin needs.