Beauty & Skin Care

Dry Brushing, the Benefits

June 2, 2019

As we age, our skin cell turnover slows down, and dead skin cells linger much longer on the skin’s surface.  To remove these dead skin cells and get that glow-from-within look, try dry brushing and reap the benefits of this simple method.

 

What is It

Dry brushing is a manual method of removing dead skin cells from the skin. This will buff away dulling dead skin cells, which will allow better absorption of skincare products to penetrate the skin. Exfoliating your skin can be a part of your basic skin care routine.

 

Wooden brush for dry brushing skin

 

Benefits of Dry Brushing

  • Exfoliates skin.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Minimizes pore size and fades uneven pigmentation.
  • Removes dry skin cells from the top layer of skin, leaving it smoother and decongested, the texture appears more even.
  • Increased blood flow, an increase of oxygen will result in an increase of antioxidants, which stimulates epidermal cell turnover, resulting in healthier, rosier skin.
  • Dry brushing promotes an increase in collagen, improves your circulation, and helps to activate the lymphatic system, which is responsible for getting rid of toxins from your body.

 

Make sure the bristles are soft or it will irritate your skin

 

How to Dry Brush

To reap the benefits it is best if done on dry skin. Take a soft bristle brush and lightly brush in a circular, upward motion away from the heart to increase circulation. After brushing, wash the brush with warm water and soap, because dead skin cells and bacteria can linger behind. Jump in the shower and wash away all residue, then apply an after shower oil or lotion. Your skin will feel soft, plump and supple.

 

Follow up dry brushing in the shower with a natural loofah and shower gel

 

Frequency

I dry brush trice a week, more if my skin feels dry. Start out dry brushing for 30 seconds and gradually increase up to five minutes as your skin gets used to dry brushing. Avoid over exfoliating as this can irritate your skin, if you have sensitive skin start out once a week and work up.

 

Brushes

I purchased this wooden brush at Whole Foods, but Amazon has many options. Make sure the brush has soft bristles, as a hard bristle brush may be too harsh for most skin types.

 

Thank you for reading! Let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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