Skin what? If you have never heard of this little routine called dry skin brushing it might sound a little…odd? I was so interested in the benefits when I first read about the routine of skin brushing. It turns out, your skin actually needs a little brushing too!
What are the benefits? Let’s take a look.
- Listen up ladies: Increasing the circulation to the skin could possibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Sounds good to me!
- Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin.
- It assists in improving vascular blood circulation.
- Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin and it feels great!
- It gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits.
- Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.
How Do I start?
- Start on dry skin before bathing.
- Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
- Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
- Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.
- After you’ve finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer.
- Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
- Tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
Then follow it up with a slick moisturizer to nourish the skin. I’m a fan of coconut oil. I also love my homemade whipped body butter! Give it a go for 30 consecutive days and your body will love you for it!