DRY BRUSHING YOUR BODY ISN'T REALLY NEW
But it seems to have resurfaced recently. Many spas have included it in their treatment and claim it is a valuable practice. It's a combination of exfoliating and massaging your skin and body.
IT'S IMPORTANT TO USE A SOFT BRISTLE BRUSH
Regardless of synthetic or natural bristles, it needs to be soft on the delicate skin such as your face, breast and abdomen, but rough enough to tackle the back and buttocks. Some like a long handle brush to reach the back. Small brushes are used for the face. You may find you like to use several brushes.
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STAND IN THE SHOWER
You'll find clean up is easier if you stand in the tub or shower. Or if you are skeptical of the results, stand on a dark colored towel. And be grossed out by what you leave behind.
BRUSH TOWARDS YOUR HEART
By brushing towards the heart, you work with your blood circulation and lymphatic system (so they say)
Start at your feet, paying special attention to your heels and around the ankles. Brush up your legs in long sweeping motions. Make several passes around the rough parts. Once you reach your abdomen, start at your hands and brush again, toward your heart. Give those elbows a good scrub.
If done thoroughly, it may take about 5 minutes. Afterwards, shower or bathe as usual. Apply lotion afterwards.
How often you brush depends on you. Everyone is different. You will need to judge based upon how your skin feels and looks. It is easy to overdo it.
Avoid any areas with broken or inflamed skin. Never brush peeling or sun burned skin. Do not use on acne. Acne is inflammation and bacteria that you do not want spread to other areas.
- It obviously removes dead skin cells which helps the skin to produce fresh, younger looking skin. Exfoliation is recommended before you apply a chemical sun tan lotion. It will provide a more even tan. Exfoliation can also reduce ingrown hairs.
- It can unclog pores, reduce ingrown hairs.
- For some people, it reduces stress. So does, the shower or bath you take afterwards.
OTHER CLAIMED BENEFITS
Some believe it increases blood circulation. It may increase the ability of the lymphatic system to rid our body of toxins.
Some claim it loosens cellulite, a toxic material that lives in our fat cells and gives up dimples on our butts and thighs that aren't cute at all!
Brushing too often or with hard bristles can irritate skin which in turn can allow bacteria to enter the body. People under 30 may not need to dry brush because the body is healthier and can slough off dead skin on it's own. As we age, our body's skin cell regeneration slows down so we may need to help it along.
Be sure to clean your brushes after each use in soapy water and allow to dry.