Are you the type of person who likes to start each season with a fresh slate? Some people change their skincare or exercise routine seasonally to make the most of natural sunlight and warmth, and when the early part of November rolls around and the leaves begin to fall, we’d be wise to take a cue from Mother Nature and shake off the old in preparation for the new … skin, that is.
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is an excellent way to slough off dead skin cells, invigorate your circulation, and detoxify your lymphatic system. The ages-old Ayurveda practice works wonders on your body and can also improve your mood by helping you feel refreshed and less sluggish. Some dry brushing devotees claim that it even combats cellulite, but keeping your expectations realistic is key.
Choose a Brush that Suits Your Style
Dry brushes are available in various styles, including long- and short-handled versions. While the short handle makes quick work of tight areas, like the abdomen or chest, a long handled brush makes dry brushing easier because you can make longer strokes without bending or contorting your body. These Biodegradable Bath Brushes are perfect for use both in the shower and when dry brushing. You’ll get the added handle length for hard-to-reach areas, and the brush head can easily be gripped for dry brushing the chest and abdomen. Bonus: These brushes are 100% natural, recyclable, and biodegradable.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Dry Brushing
You don’t need a lengthy tutorial to reap the benefits of dry brushing. You simply need a brush with firm, gentle bristles and a light touch. Here’s how to begin:
- Dry brushing before a bath or shower helps loosen dirt and dead skin, which will make your body wash and lotion work even better.
- Starting at your ankles, drag the brush in long, upward strokes up your legs and then your arms. Work evenly and slowly, so you don’t miss any spots. It may take 3–4 passes on each leg to brush the entire surface.
- Next, move to your torso. Using a short-handled brush makes it easier to brush your sides, and a long-handled brush works great for your back.
- Brush your abdomen in a circular motion instead of dragging the brush upward.
- Be gentle when brushing your chest. Remember to let the brush do the work. You don’t need to press hard.
- Don’t forget the tops of your feet and the backs of your hands.
Shower and Protect Your Skin After Dry Brushing
After dry brushing, you may notice that your skin feels smoother and looks more plump due to improved circulation. Add a layer of body butter to protect your skin from moisture loss and to protect the newly exposed skin from the elements. The White Moss Karite Body Butter helps stimulate new collagen production and is filled with shea butter and skin firming, antioxidant rich vitamins A, B, E, and F that deeply moisturize skin. When applied over damp skin, the body butter locks in moisture and absorbs without a hint of stickiness.
Don’t Forget Your Hands
When concentrating on your body, it’s easy to forget your hands. Since they’re prone to sun exposure, they can develop dark spots over time. By dry brushing, you’ll lift away dead skin cells, and using this Sakura Hand Cream with glycolic and mandelic acid will break up that excess pigmentation while simultaneously keeping your hands soft and healthy.