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How To: Dry Skin Brushing

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Dry Skin Brushing - A Natural Bristle Brush is Best

Dry Skin Brushing - A Natural Bristle Brush is Best

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Dry skin brushing is a great way to get your skin in good condition. It exfoliates, tightens, encourages blood flow and even is thought by some to reduce cellulite.

Read on to learn about dry skin brushing, how to dry brush and what kind of skin brush to use at home.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 Minutes or Less

Here's How:

  1. Dry skin brushing is as easy as it sounds. All you'll need is a dry skin brush like the one pictured. Using a soft-bristled natural brush is ideal for your skin. (compare styles and prices) The brush you use on your hair is probably not what you'll want to pick. Many hair brushes have synthetic bristles that are too sharp for your skin.
  2. The best time to dry brush is right before your bath or shower while you're completely undressed.
  3. Start at your feet and move up. Rub the brushes bristles over your body using gentle, slow circular motions. We do not recommend you dry brush your face. Either use a gentle washcloth in the shower or use your facial exfoliator.
  4. Take your time and pay careful attention as to not miss an area. Dry skin brushing should not be painful in the least, so if it is feeling painful, lighten your touch. You'll be surprised at how little pressure you need to get results.
  5. When completely finished, hop in the shower and give your skin a good washing to get rid of the dry skin cells that you brushed off.
  6. Don't forget to moisturize after your shower.

Tips:

  1. Use a long handled brush so that you can reach all parts of your body.
  2. Applying a light body oil while your skin is still damp from the shower will give your skin the perfect amount of hydration without feeling heavy.
  3. It is safe to do this every day, but watch your skin and if you feel that every day is too much, step it back to every other or every third day.
  4. Some areas of your body might still benefit from a stronger exfoliator once a week. Areas such as your feet, knees and elbows.

What You Need

  • A dry brush for skin.
  • Time for a shower after your treatment.
  • A moisturizer.
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