How to Dry Brush Skin

We’ve put together this simple primer on how to dry brush skin to support your better health. Dry brushing has been used throughout the world for centuries to cleanse the skin. By gently brushing the skin, you’re exfoliating, increasing circulation, and stimulating the lymphatic system. Dry Brushing also helps reduce the appearance of cellulite with regular practice when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

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The basic principle is to brush from the outermost points of the body (hands and feet) towards the center heart area. Start by brushing your feet and then up your legs with smooth gentle strokes. Brush your hands and up your arms. Brush across your upper back and down the front and back of your torso. Cover the entire surface of the skin except for the more tender skin on the face and breasts.

The best time to brush is in the morning, right before a shower, with dry skin. If you wake up just a few minutes earlier each day, that is all the time you will need. It’s easy to integrate this process into your daily routine. Start by finding the right brush. It is important that the bristles are made of natural fiber, firm but soft to the touch. A long handle is helpful for getting those hard to reach spots.

How to Dry Brush Skin

Step 1. Start at your feet, brush in an upward direction moving up your legs, keeping in mind to always work towards your center. Make sure to get the backs of your legs, tush and any place that is prone to cellulite. 

The strokes should be light but firm. Brushing isn’t meant to hurt your skin and make sure to avoid cuts, rashes or skin irritations.

A slight flush due to increased blood circulation is normal, and shows that your skin brushing is working. Be careful not to brush so hard that your skin is irritated or turns bright red.

Step 2. When you reach your stomach, start brushing in a circular motion, clockwise motion, the direction that food moves through your intestines. This helps to kick-start and aid digestion. When you move around to your back, make sure you begin to brush up towards the heart again. Downward from the shoulders, and upward from the lower back.

Step 3. Moving towards your chest, keep in mind that your heart is the center of the brushing. For arms, start at the finger tips and continue brushing upwards. Pay attention to under your arms, where your lymph nodes are located.

Step 4. Once you reach your shoulders and chest, stroke down and sideways towards the heart.

When you’re done, go ahead and admire your soft and touchable skin! The increase in circulation will help to wake you up. Follow with a shower and a full exfoliation session by using a natural body scrub. Salt scrubs are especially helpful in providing skin minerals that it may be lacking.

After your shower treat your skin to a deep moisturizing session. We suggest Winter Butter on that damp skin right out of the shower. Enjoy in bliss!

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