Back in July, I casually mentioned that I’m a fan of dry brushing and promised to go into further detail soon.
Sorry for the delay. I didn’t intend to leave you hanging for so long!
Although I’m pretty sure none of you have been sitting in front of your computer screens constantly hitting refresh hoping that this post will pop up, today I’m finally going to give you the scoop on dry brushing.
Basically, dry brushing is an invigorating exfoliating massage for your entire body.
The benefits of dry brushing
Dry brushing helps to exfoliate and remove extra skin cells allowing the skin to take in more oxygen. It also stimulates the lymphatic system which helps us to eliminate waste and detoxify and improves circulation.
If you don’t really care so much about those side effects, you may be interested to know that dry brushing also helps to eliminate and prevent cellulite. It also gives the skin a healthy glow and makes it nice and smooth.
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What you’ll need
The only tool you’ll need to begin dry brushing is a body brush. These are sold at most health food stores and pharmacies. You can also check out Amazon for a wide range of brushes, including ones with long handles and smaller ones.
I use one with a longer handle (see it here), but it all comes down to personal preference.
When and how to dry brush
I’d recommend dry brushing before you get into the shower each morning because it requires nudity (and I’m assuming that you all shower without clothing).
Begin by moving your brush in long upward strokes starting from your feet and working your way up to your heart. Once you get to your thighs and booty, try moving the brush in a circular motion. This helps to banish that cellulite.
After brushing your stomach, skip the boob area and move onto the wrist, arms, shoulders, and armpits (continuing in long strokes and working toward your heart).
The entire process should take no more than 5 minutes. Once you’re done, you’ll feel really rejuvenated as your blood flows through your body.
Have you ever tried dry brushing? If so, did you notice any positive side effects? I’ve been dry brushing for about a year now. It might be psychological, but I really do feel as though the skin on my upper thighs is smoother. Dry brushing also makes me feel refreshed and energized.
Sounds cool! Does it hurt? I’d be worried it would irritate my skin. I have incredibly “reactive” skin and break out from nearly everything. And I have to be careful not to even scratch myself when I have an itch because I usually end up bleeding!
Hi Erin! I absolutely LOVE dry brushing and probably do it at least every other day. I found that it helped my clear up all of the little bumps on my arms and I think it actually helps tighten my legs. Best of all, I think it feels good now (was a bit uncomfortable the first 3 – 4 times but never physically hurt) and it only takes 2 minutes for me to do my arms, upper legs, sides, butt and stomach!
This post made me smile … Thanks for this! It was very light and came dancing alone – nicely written, congratulations!
I have not tried it yet, but thought about it for some time.
I’ll guess I’ll get myself a brush soon … I like peeling anyway when I’m in the shower, because it’s such a nice and smooth way of waking up.
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