Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dry Brushing: 5 minutes for smooth, soft skin

Self-care for 400, please... What is Dry Brushing?

We're all looking for healthier, smooth, shining skin, especially now that warm weather is on its way.

Winter clothes can be stifling to our skin, trapping sweat, bacteria and dead cells on the surface. It's hard to take the time to care properly for our skin in the winter when it's chilly and no one's seeing much of it (including yourself)... Mostly I just hate being cold so I cover myself up as quick as I can!

Dry brushing is one of my favorite ways to exfoliate my skin – it's quick to do right before a shower, I notice a difference right away, and it feels like scratching every little itch you could ever imagine – so satisfying! In a nutshell, it increases sensation and circulation, is detoxing and boosts your immune system, reduces cellulite and stress, and revives your skin to be smooth and supple.

So what is dry brushing? It's a technique (also called skin brushing or body brushing) for exfoliating the skin and increasing circulation using a dry, natural bristle brush to gently brush the skin.

What will dry brushing do for me?
  • promotes healthier, smoother skin by removing dead skin cells on the surface
  • stimulates and increases new skin cell production, giving you a healthy glow
  • increases blood flow and circulation, enhancing detoxification through your skin and boosting your overall immune system
  • calms and invigorates like a mini massage with both gentle pressure and brushing sensations
  • reduces cellulite through an increase in blood circulation and removal of stored toxins in your legs and hips
  • relieves stress through the stimulation of nerve endings in your skin, which in turn helps to rejuvenate your entire nervous system
Dry brushing is an invigorating way to start the day – you won't believe how smooth, soft and healthy your skin will feel and look.

Here's the best method I've found on How to Dry Brush. There are a few different designs for brushes out there on the market, check them out and see what you like.

*Be cautious and consider consulting with a skin doctor if you have any severe skin irritations, such as acne, rashes, eczema or open wounds.

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