Dry Brushing For Skin

If you’re serious about skincare, you probably spend a lot of time working on keeping the skin on your face well taken care of, exfoliating once or twice a week, moisturizing every day, using serums to target specific skin issues, figuring out your skin type and using that knowledge to inform your skin care decisions, and just generally paying meticulous attention to the look and feel of your facial skin.

But what about the skin on the rest of your body? The skin is the body’s largest organ, and in case you never noticed, there’s skin on more places than just the face (it is, in fact, covering the entire body). As such—both for aesthetic and general health reasons—you really should pay attention to your whole body’s skin.

Woman brushing her back

Enter Dry Brushing
We’ve discussed before some methods you can use for exfoliation and general care of your body skin, such as simple sugar scrubs, but today we’re going to be looking at a specific practice that has numerous benefits for your skin: dry brushing.

Dry brushing is the practice of using a thick bristle brush to brush the skin while it’s dry. This has a numver of benefits, which we’ll get to in a moment. First, we’ll walk you through how it’s done.

How To Dry Brush
First you’ll need to actually have a brush to use. Find a natural bristle brush (synthetic can work theoretically, but natural is better in this case, even if it isn’t always), preferably with a rather long handle to help you better reach those harder to get to areas.

Once you’ve got your brush in hand, wait until it’s time for you to shower. Take your clothes off and step into the shower, but don’t turn the water on yet. Instead, use your new brush to scrub your body all over, starting with the soles of your feet and working upwards, always brushing with smooth, long strokes towards the heart. Do this firmly, but not too hard, as you don’t want to scratch up and damage your skin. Be especially gentle around sensitive areas like the breasts.

Woman brushing her legs.

Benefits
First off, dry brushing is an excellent method for regular body skin exfoliation. It’s easy and you work at it a little every day, keeping your skin always fresh and clear and free of dead skin cells, maintaining a youthful appearance.

Besides that, though, dry brushing can also increase and improve your circulation, which will not only be generally beneficial for your health, but will also give you a more rosy, glowing appearance.

Additionally, the way it stimulates your nerves can potentially also stimulate your lymphatic system, which will allow your body to more efficiently remove waste and toxins. Speaking of stimulating, dry brushing is just generally invigorating and makes you feel really good, which can have a positive effect on your overall energy levels, not to mention it will be a strong motivator to get you to make sure you dry brush regularly. Why would you skip if it feels so good?

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