Skin Care Tip of the Week *The benefits of dry skin brushing*

Monday, May 7, 2012

I first learned about this wonderful body exfoliating technique when I was going through esthetician school. I now incorporate it into my morning skin/beauty routine on a weekly basis. I briefly mentioned the dry brush technique in this post, but I wanted to give you a little bit more of an extensive how- to for those of you that were interested.

What is dry brushing?
The dry brush technique is a natural and proven way to improve the the overall appearance of your skin.

What you will need:
A natural bristle brush (shown above) with a long handle. You do NOT want to use a synthetic brush (synthetic fibers can cause small scratches on the surface of your skin).

The benefits of dry skin brushing:
  • Helps exfoliate dead skin cells, which can leave your skin looking lackluster and dull.
  • Helps improve circulation and brings blood flow to your skin.
  • Provides a gentle internal massage, which can help eliminate toxins.
  • Helps eliminate clogged pores and your skin is able to absorb more nutrients.
  • It helps with ingrown hairs and razor burn. I personally vouch for this one.
  • It makes your skin incredibly soft!

How to dry brush your skin:

  1. You only need to do this once a day and it is best to do it first thing in the morning.
  2. Always dry brush your skin when you are completely nude.
  3. Start at your feet and work in long upward strokes towards your heart. You never want to brush away from your heart because this puts extra pressure on the valves and lymph vessels within the veins.
  4. Be gentle and brush lightly where the skin is thin (like the breasts) and use a little more pressure where the skin is thicker.
  5. Brush upwards on the back and use downward strokes from the neck.
  6. Brush your tummy in a circular motion.
  7. Hop in the shower immediately after to rinse off the dead skin.
  8. Follow up with a moisturizing oil such as almond, olive, grapeseed or coconut oil.

And there you have it! Keep in mind that if you only do this once you will not reap the benefits. It is best to do this at least 3-4 times a week consistently to see all the benefits.


26 comments:

Lindsay said...

I love learning all of these new things from you! Curious on your thoughts about the Clarisonic. I have heard both awful/great things about them. This seems like a great alternative.

NatalieW. said...

Thank you, Lindsay! This was very informative.

Welcome said...

I heard it is also great to rid-reduce cellulite our favorite little visitor while preggers ha:)

Eloquent English said...

WOW that's really interesting? Is it more beneficial to exfoliate with a dry brush than in the shower? I think I need you to email me a full skin regiment!!! =) xoxo A-

Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

I've never done this! Thanks for the idea... I'll go get one of these brushes :)

Amy said...

I've heard about this a lot more often lately! I think once my weekend sunburn goes away I'm going to have to try it!

xoxo, Amy
www.amyisthinking.blogspot.com

Lindsay said...

I need to get a brush asap! Thanks for the awesome info!

musingsofheatherlyb said...

I love dry brushing! In esthetics school we focused more on lymph drainage using suction instead of this, so I research it about two years ago. My biggest challenge is doing it regularly, as during the week it's hard as it has to be first thing in the morning. Other than that, it's so great!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

I had first heard about this in a magazine recently when some celebrity mentioned she does it all the time. I need to add this to my routine pronto!

fifi said...

I always wondered about this thanks for the brushing tips!

Meg {henninglove} said...

you always have the best skin tips lindsay!! i love it and thank you for making us learn how to take better take of our skin

sherri lynn said...

I've never heard of doing this! I'm sure if you recommend it it does amazing things for your skin! I need to get one of those brushes and try it out.

Tabitha Mahoney said...

OOH I want to try this. Thank you beautiful!!

Tab
my-cliffnotes.blogspot.com

Katie said...

wow. so neat.
XOXO,KT
TheSouthernBeautyNerd

Sarah said...

I love how you explain things. It's so great. I'm always learning. Soooo are you still pregnant over there? Still pregnant over here. I'll be happy when mine can technically be delivered in 2 weeks. Although I'm holding out for at least 37 week.s But I"m definitely gettin' antsy lol.


- Sarah
agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Kelsey Claire said...

I'm going to have to try this since I'm out more in the sun these days! Super cute blog!

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

Interesting!! I always learn so much from your posts! I'll have to find a brush and give this a try!

colleen said...

thank you! always such amazing tips!

Anna Elder said...

I had this done when I did a wrap a few years ago and have been meaning to buy a brush ever since. I have one of those Bliss stimulator things, but I never use it. :/ I need to though bc I've got some cellulite. Ugh.

Shelly Marie said...

Hello! Great post! I just learned about this technique about a week ago, so this post helped a ton!
Do you have any recommendation for what type of brush to purchase and where to it at? Thanks!

Hollie Ann said...

i really want to try this!!! i dont have body acne but seems beneficial still!!

mary shouvlin said...

Hey Lindsay! This is wonderful--I've been wanting to start doing this and I think this is my final push. What brand of brush do you recommend/use? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Very informative! My 7 yr old son has eczema on the back of his neck and I was wondering if I can try this on kids? Im assuming Yes?. I think it would so beneficial to him. THANKS so much for sharing!

Jessica Bruun said...

Thank You! I've heard of dry brushing in multiple articles but no one explanes how/why! I have a Bamboo Brush would that be too abrasive?

Kimiko Simpson said...

Just found your website. Incredible! Love it. question: How do I clean the brush afterwards? it does get a build up of dry skin cells, etc. Thank you :)

Katie Patrick said...

Hi! First of all, I love your blog! Never commented on anything before, but I love everything you post! You seem like you live your life in such a positive and healthy way. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and all the joy in your life!
I am wanting to try dry brushing to help with circulation. Can I just use any natural bristle brush? Ones I have looked at say to use to help with soap lather in the shower. Are there special brushed just for dry brushing?
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!! : )

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