Good news—you don’t need to book a fancy spa package to get sun worthy skin. All you need is a natural bristle brush and a few minutes in the morning and you’ll be looking primed and polished in no time.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is sometimes referred to as the juice cleanse of the beauty world, and that’s not too far from the truth. It’s an easy way to exfoliate the skin while also improving circulation and eliminating toxins from the body. It helps improve blood flow, encourages lymphatic drainage and rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
Best of all, it’s even been said to help improve muscle tone and even out fat deposits under the skin—a definite bonus of you’d like to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
How to Dry Brush
The directions are pretty simple: grab a dry brush and scrub. But before you start brushing away, watch this short video showing you the best dry brushing technique. This will help you remove toxins and improve circulation more effectively.
And in case you missed the directions, here’s a quick recap:
- With dry skin, gently rub the bristle brush in circular, upward motions, followed by longer, smoother strokes.
- Begin at the ankles and brush upward towards the heart (the lymph flows towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.) Move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores or sun-burn.
- When you reach the chest and back, brush down toward the heart.
- Hop in the shower to rinse off dry skin cells and impurities.
- Follow up with a little coconut oil to nourish and moisturize the skin.