The mechanical action of dry brushing is wonderful for exfoliating dry winter skin. It also helps release toxins by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage. Dry brushing unclogs pores in the exfoliation process. It also stimulates your nervous system, which can make you feel invigorated afterward.
Brushing the skin while it is dry allows you to exfoliate and increase blood circulation without robbing it of moisture, as the hot water in the shower can further deplete moisture from the skin.
TYPE OF BRUSH
You want to use a natural (prefer vegan bristles) stiff-bristled bath/shower brush, preferably with a long handle. Some bristles are stiffer than others, and it depends on your skin’s sensitivity and preference. The long handle helps you reach your back and if there is a detachable handle, you can hold the brush in your hand to get your arms, shoulders, abdomen and buttocks. I especially love this brush because it's well made and has a wide surface area and natural vegan bristles that aren't too stiff.
BE GENTLE YET FIRM
You always start on dry skin using a natural bristled brush. It is recommended to typically start from the feet/ankles and work your way upward in long fluid strokes on limbs and circular motions on torso and back. Movements should be in the upward direction and if certain areas are more sensitive such as the abdomen, breasts and neck, lighten up pressure as needed.
A long handle is helpful so that you can get to the back, which can be brushed in downward strokes. A few overlapping swipes per area is enough. If you go over one area too long, you can compromise the integrity of the skin and cause irritation and possibly bleeding so BE GENTLE with yourself. It's best to dry brush once each day and shower immediately afterward.
Never brush over skin that is broken, which includes cuts, scrapes, lesions, sores or burned skin, including sunburns. Don’t ever brush over areas of infection, redness or general irritation, inflammation, cellulitis or skin cancer. Stop dry brushing if skin becomes irritated or inflamed. Best not to use the brush on your face as it may be too harsh and irritate the facial area.
These brushes have bristles that are usually pretty firm. If your skin is too sensitive, you may want to try using a sisal fiber washcloth.
After your relaxing shower, I highly recommend using any one of our hydrating body lotions to replenish moisture and add a smooth texture to newly exfoliated skin. Repeat as needed to keep skin radiant and lovely.
Happy dry brushing everyone!