What is dry brushing? Brushing the surface of your skin for about 3 to 5 minutes with a skincare brush.
This helps to improve circulation and is another great way to physically exfoliate the skin's surface. The benefits of regular exfoliation are endless. The only thing you need to know is that with regular exfoliation comes great skin – its barrier functions are better, reduces bacteria buildup and breakouts, and the skin will look better, too. It removes dead skin as mentioned, but also reduces skin discoloration and pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Here are the 5 Benefits of Dry Brushing!
1. Eliminate dead skin
Dry brushing can assist in removing any oils that could be trapped with any lingering dead skin cells. If you have mature, flaking, or dull skin, its often times caused by a buildup of dead skin layers caused by lowered hormones from menopause.
2. Enhance nutrients absorbed by the skin
When the skin is properly exfoliated, it can better absorb your skincare products, serums, and treatments more efficiently. When you have a thick layer of dead skin cells on top of your skin, it will make it difficult for those precious nutrients in your skin care products to actually reach your skin; they will not reach deeply enough to penetrate the skin's inner layers.
3. Tightens and smooths the skin
Gentle brushing physically removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. It also gives skin a temporary plump & youthful looking appearance because it increases blood flow and circulation to the area of skin being brushed. To really see the skin tightening results, you would have to consistently dry brush for a few months. However, smoother skin may be noticeable right away or after a few rounds of brushing.
4. Stimulate lymph drainage
Although the lymph drainage system is located deep under the skin's surface, by improving circulation through dry brushing, lymph flow becomes stimulated and aides the body in detoxification.
5. Promotes Happiness
Who doesn't feel happy when their skin looks great! I know I do. Exfoliating with a dry brush can enhance skin radiance and light reflection so that the skin looks brighter and cellulite appear less noticeable.
1. Start with dry skin.
2. Next, start on your legs or arms first using a circular motion with gentle light or medium pressure and then work your way towards your heart.
3. Shower after using a dry brush and follow up with our Whipped Body Butter.
4. Work the practice of dry brushing into your routine and allow 6 weeks to see changes.
Other Useful Info
The brush should never break the skin and it also shouldn’t hurt. Brushing too frequently or vigorously can cause tiny breaks in the skin that lead to dryness and irritation. Also do not use the same brush for your skin as your face. The skin on your face is much more delicate and requires a much softer brush.
Your skin does exfoliates naturally. When we’re young, our skin exfoliates rapidly and naturally renews itself about every 25 days or so. Dead skin cells are naturally and steadily sloughed off. But as we age, the natural exfoliation process becomes more and more sluggish, typically slowing by about 10% per decade. By the age of 30, the process begins to slow down which can mean more pigmentation and duller complexion.
Dry brushing alone will not work miracles on its own. This practice needs to work harmoniously with cleansing, nourishing and protecting skin care steps. A regular skin care routine working to nourish every layer of your skin does not have to be complicated.
Dry brushing is not recommended for those with sensitive skin, ezcema, or psoriasis.
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