By Sheila Arkee
With the dry brushing skin care technique, you may never have to buy body lotion again. Are you shocked yet?
Dry brushing is a cheap, easy, and time-tested technique that helps improve the appearance of your skin. Sounds crazy, but it’s true!
The dry brushing technique came on to my radar over a dozen years ago. It’s simple – by using a natural bristle brush on your dry skin a couple of times a week you not only help exfoliate accumulated dry skin cells, but you improve your body’s circulation. It takes a while to get used to the feeling of dry brushing, but you end up feeling mighty invogorated afterwards.
Some claim that dry helps improve the appearance of cellulite, but honestly I have not experienced that benefit personally. There’s still plenty of cottage cheese where it came from ’round here. Ahem.
Here’s what you need to know to get started with dry brushing —
1. The Brush
My brush came from Big Lots and cost all of $3. You can find similar versions online for comparable prices. Short handled versions are available, but I prefer a long handled brush for those hard to reach areas. The bristles of the natural hair brush are boar. If you are averse to animal products, brushes made with synthetic materials are also available. Make sure to give your brush a good wash once a week with soap and water.
2. When and How Often
It’s best to dry brush in the morning, before bathing. You can dry brush anywhere from once a day to a couple times a week, depending on your personal preference. Dry brushing makes your skin so soft you most likely won’t need to use a body lotion afterwards, but you can always use a lotion if you wish.
3. The Technique
Starting from the bottom of your feet use small circular motions towards your heart. Avoid your girly parts, ladies. From the neck down, brush towards your heart and not upwards.
4. The Results
Dry brushing is a great way to kick start your day and the proof is in the pudding: Smooth, buttery skin. I promise.