Dry Brushing is not a new technique, it just kind of fell off the wayside of our routines in our busy lives. The most notable people that have been doing this for centuries is the Japanese. I have visited a Japanese spa and was curious to see all the ladies dry brushing before they entered the spa rooms or saunas. The Japanese use dry brushes or Loofah sponges to brush the skin vigorously before hot baths. Queen Bathsheba was always one to protect her skin with dry brushing and regular baths.
Today, most of us do not do this ancient routine and our skin goes neglected with dry skin cells hanging around on our body weighing us down.
During the cold winter months, our skin tends to suffer under harsh weather conditions, dry heated air, hot water cleansing, and lack of tender care. When spring and summer come around and we want to wear those the lighter clothes and more skin shows, we realize we have neglected our skin over the fall and winter months. This is where Dry skin brushing is a simple can invigorate the body skin. There is a method to the process, which includes the following steps:
Start with a soft, dry brush or pad made to dry brush.
Use circular motions from the neck to the torso, and from the toes up, always moving toward the heart. Practitioners also suggest going from left to right over the stomach to follow the natural digestive path.
Apply even pressure. Your skin should turn a light red, but you should not feel pain or irritation. You can use more pressure on thicker areas of skin, such as those that are on the heels, elbows, and knees. Use less pressure on sensitive areas like the underarms, stomach, inside of the thighs, and neck. It’s best for women to avoid brushing the breasts.
Brush the entire body this way. The process should take about 3-5 minutes.
Hop into the shower or bath to wash skin clean. Be sure to apply a deep moisturizer when you get out!
Using natural fibers, you will be assured of good skin care. This mitt will provide a grip on the back and give you the ease of dry brushing. It has an easy grip on the back you can put between your finger and your hand to dry brush with ease.
What are the benefits?
It feels good and gives you all over zing! It provides a rejuvenating feeling If you follow it up with a great moisturizer and your skin will feel great! It is recommended to do this in the morning or during the day and not at night, as it could keep you awake. It also helps improve circulation and will provide a radiance and glow. We regularly exfoliate the skin on our faces, but typically body skin goes for months without any such treatment. Without exfoliation, over time, your skin appears dry, flaky, and dull. Doing this in the winter helps to keep your skin from building up dead skin cells which can cause flakiness and itchiness. Also,Starting a dry brushing routine after a long winter can help change your skin from lifeless and tired to alive and radiant. As you brush, you open the pores and wake up the skin.There are some other ways that dry skin brushing may be good for you. Some people also find it soothing in a Zen sort of way, sort of like meditation.As you brush, you’re taking five minutes to just give yourself some focused care and may help to relieve some stress.
How to Work Dry Brushing Into Your Routine
To get started with dry brushing, we recommend you find a good quality brush or pad and leave it next to your shower or bath. (Make sure to keep it dry.) If you want one for dry and one for wet, then have two available.
Use it every time before you bathe. We can all spare 3-5 minutes. Start at the feet, use circular motions, and brush up toward the heart. Midway, change to the neck and brush down. You don’t have to worry about getting it perfect. Just brush, enjoy the stimulation, and then shower.
Pat dry, and apply moisturizer (or body oil) immediately. If you need to shave, brush first, and then shave—the brushing will help exfoliate and prepare the skin for shaving.
Some other suggestions:
If you burn your skin in the sun or it is irritated, do not dry brush. Wait a couple of days, Then brush carefully, using less pressure than usual, to help remove flaking skin until you can go back to your regular routine.
If you have time, take an Epsom salt bath after brushing. Your pores will open, and it’s a great time to experience the muscle-relaxing benefits.
Drink plenty of water after brushing and cleansing to help encourage the detoxing effect.
If you notice inflammation, lasting redness, itchy rashes, or other effects, you’re either brushing too hard or too often. Back off for a few days, then try again with a softer brush, or try brushing every other day.
How will your work dry brushing into your routine?