Dry brushing, or body brushing, is an excellent way to exfoliate and promote healthier skin, improve circulation, and encourage detoxification! As it removes dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, it is also stimulating and increases cell production, giving skin a healthy glow. The lymphatic and circulatory systems are revitalized, boosting the overall immune system. Done properly, it acts as a gentle massage which is both calming and invigorating. For this reason, it is best done first thing in the morning (takes 10 minutes or less!) as opposed to just before bedtime. And, it can be done by anyone, as long as your skin is not severely irritated by acne, eczema, rashes, etc.
A natural bristle brush is the best choice; boar bristles or bristle made from natural fibers. Synthetic bristles tend to be harsher and may cause more irritation. Make sure you are able to hold your brush comfortably and reach all areas of your body. Dry brushing begins at the feet and moves upward in a circular motion and always towards the heart. Start at the soles of your feet then brush the tops. Go up each leg, one at a time, always using a gentle circular motion towards the heart. After the buttock, go to the front of the leg avoiding the delicate skin of the inner thigh.
As you complete the lower half of your body, start at the fingertips of one arm, moving upwards from palms to back of hands, forearms and biceps. Moving to the back, brush towards the stomach finishing one side of the back and then the other. When you get to the stomach, begin at the lower abdomen and work upwards toward the chest, avoiding the more sensitive areas of the chest. Shower as normal, using a natural or healthier body soap since your pores are open and clear. Finish up with an almond, apricot, coconut or cocoa butter moisturizer. Each member of the family should have his or her own brush, and never use the brush on your face.
What a great way to nurture your skin and body… let us know how it works for you!