Since quarantine started, I’ve noticed a change in my skin. Not the skin on my face, but on my body. I normally have pretty dry skin and admittedly do not do a lot of body exfoliating other than my elbows, knees and feet. I remembered reading about dry brushing some years ago, and was intrigued but never got around to trying it. While in Marshall’s recently, I saw they had dry brushes and exfoliating loofah brushes in stock. Now is as good a time as any, and I picked one up to try. To date it has been one month since I’ve started dry brushing regularly and I must say, I can tell the difference.
What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is the technique of taking a dry, bristled brush and essentially massaging your skin in circular motions, which not only helps exfoliate the dry skin, but it also assists in improving circulation and blood flow. According to the Cleveland Clinic, dry brushing can also aid in improving digestion by detoxifying and improving lymph flow and drainage. Dry brushing can also stimulate your nervous system and helps you feel invigorated. Some have said that it can also improve the appearance of cellulite, but those claims have not been verified.
When should you dry brush?
Dry brushing should be done before you hop in the shower. Brushing while you’re dry will help get rid of dry skin without robbing it of moisture. This is a mechanical process, rubbing the brush in circular motions, beginning at your feet and working your way up to your heart is the best method. I use long circular motions and when I get to my abdomen, go in a clockwise motion until I reach my heart.
I do mine one to two times per week. I do not want to over exfoliate my skin and giving myself a good dry massage with my brush really has improved the softness of my skin and made me appreciate how I felt and how my limbs felt after a good brush.
What should you dry brush with?
There are brushes specifically made for dry brushing. You can find them in the bath soap and shower section of any department or drugstore.
They are fairly inexpensive and some come with long handles so that you can reach your back as well. It’s important to clean your brush with mild soapy water frequently. It is honestly one of the most inexpensive things that I have added to my self care routine.
Tell me, have you heard of dry brushing before? Have you tried it or is it already a part of your skin care routine? I’ll be sure to keep you all posted after another month or so. Here’s to happy and healthy skin.