Friday, August 30, 2013

The Benefits of Dry Brushing Your Skin

Do you dry brush your skin? It’s something I’ve done sporadically over the years, but after reading a recent Huffington Post article I plan to add it to my daily skin care regimen.


Dry skin brushing is an effective way to reduce cellulite. Not only that, but the process also buffs away dead skin, boosts circulation and lymphatic drainage and ultimately rids the body of toxins.

The method is easy and cheap. No more buying expensive creams that may or may not work. All you need is an appropriate brush and a few minutes of your time daily before your shower.

Choose the right brush
The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots. I use a loofah, pictured below.



How often
Daily, or even twice a day. Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Don't get the brush wet.


Method
You should only brush towards the heart. Make long sweeps; avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. Don't brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red. 


Benefits
Body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function.


There are numerous articles on the Internet about the benefits of dry skin brushing. If you go to the Huffington Post hyperlink above, various and several appropriate brushes are pictured at the end of the article.

Good luck to all of us and Happy Dry Brushing!

17 comments:

  1. Thank you Sanda- grandmother; ).
    I´ll start this brushing straight tomorrow!

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    1. You are welcome Mette-grandmother!
      I've been consistent so far; it really makes you feel good.

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  2. i have never heard of this before. it sounds like it would feel good, though, so i'm off to huffpo to look at the brushes. thx! :)

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    1. Absolutely does. What is huffpo, a drugstore maybe? Hope you found a brush.

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    2. huffpo = nickname for the huffington post. ;) they did have a variety of types and prices pictured.

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  3. Great information. Have rubbed dry itchy skin in the winter with dry washcloth to relieve itch. Will try this!

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  4. Thank you for the tips ! I will have to give this a try, after all who doesn't want younger looking skin!

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  5. What an interesting idea. Wonder what effect it might have on moles and ‎Seborrheic keratosis?

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    1. Hmmm. Think I'd go easy around those areas.

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  6. Thanks for sharing! It looks like a very effective method for all round body care. Like Edith, I think I'll be using this in the winter months to cope with dry itchy skin. Sounds like a good vigorous stretching too.

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    1. I have read that the secret to controlling cellulite is improving circulation, so this may do the trick.

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  7. Dry brushing sounds interesting. I admit I'm the tiniest bit skeptical about some of the benefits listed but certainly believe it would get rid of dry skin and promote healthy circulation. Couldn't hurt.

    Darla

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    1. It gets rave reviews from those who have tried it. Enhancing circulation certainly seems plausible.

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  8. Hello Sanda

    Somebody mentioned dry brusing and its benefits and you have reminded me ad given a clearer picture of the process.Gives new meaning to "I must brush up...." Many thanks

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    1. It does, Helen! Brushing toward the heart equals getting the blood flowing there maybe?

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