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Dry Skin Brushing: What It Is & How-To Do It

my_dry_brushNow that we’re in the dead of summer (in Georgia, anyway), I’ve started working on a few summer beauty related blog posts to help all you beauties survive the sweltering, potentially face-melting heat. As I began writing these, I was reminded of how much I hate my cellulite. Sundresses and bathing suits mean more exposed skin, and in turn, more self-loathing than I’d like to admit. For the most part, I’m pretty comfortable in my own skin, but there’s no body part I hate more than my thighs. After my weight loss, I was heartbroken to see that my thighs were still going to be a major point of insecurity. Although they had shrunk significantly in size (they’re still pretty damn big though), they were still covered in cellulite… Joy.

Then a few years ago, my sister asked me if I knew anything about the benefits of dry brushing. More specifically, she wanted to know if it was possible to get rid of cellulite with dry brushing. I wasn’t sure, but the idea of something so simple working on something so impossible was, to say the least, intriguing.

I started doing some research and before long, I was dry brushing daily. The results? Well, they’ve been nothing short of amazing. So, if you haven’t made dry brushing a part of your daily routine just yet, then keep reading to learn what it is, how it works, and tips on how to dry brush. Then, check out my other post for a list of amazing health benefits that will surely convince you to give it a try.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is the practice of moving a coarse, dry brush over the entire body’s skin, in the direction of the heart. This technique has been practiced throughout the world for centuries in Scandinavian and Russian societies, but didn’t become a common practice in America until the 1960s. Dry skin brushing is a simple, inexpensive, stimulating practice that is worth incorporating into your daily routine for some incredible health benefits.

How to Dry Brush

dry_brushing_techniqueIt’s pretty easy, and there are a million YouTube videos that will show you how to dry brush, but just in case, there are some important things to note.

  • Be sure to use a high-quality spa dry brush. You’ll want a brush with stiff, natural bristles and one with a long handle makes it easier to brush hard-to-reach areas like your back. I got mine from the beauty section of TJ Maxx for $7.
  • Dry brush daily. Try incorporating it into your daily routine. For me, the best time to do this is first thing in the morning, before my shower. Not only does it help to wake me up, but showering after does away with any dead skin cells, plus moisturizing is more effective after.
  • The photo to the right highlights the direction you should be dry brushing. Start at the soles of your feet and work upward.
  • Always be sure you’re brushing in the direction of your heart to fully benefit from the increased blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.
  • Brush your legs in long, upward strokes, making your way to your stomach, chest, back, butt, and arms.
  • Avoid dry brushing your face since this brush is typically too coarse for facial use. If you want to exfoliate your face, consider a much gentler facial exfoliating brush like this one for $7 at Sephora.
  • Try not to be overzealous and make sure you’re not applying too much pressure. You don’t want to draw blood. Instead, your skin should be a light pink when you’re done.
  • Some areas will be a little more sensitive than others. For instance, the skin on my chest is a bit more sensitive than my butt and thighs. On the more delicate areas, I apply even less pressure and take my time.

So now that you know how to do it, check out my list of amazing dry skin brushing health & beauty benefits. Then tell me, do you think you’ll give it a try? And if you’re already dry brushing, have you noticed any other benefits? Share them with me in the comment section below!

And hey, if you have a question you would like answered, email me at hello@theblondeshell.com  or simply write it on my Facebook wall.