Dry skin brushing. It’s kind of weird. I mean, you’re supposed to take this brush on a really long stick with really long bristles and brush your skin like you brush your hair. Then when your skin turns pink you can jump up and down three times, clap your hands twice, and watch your acne clear up, complexion brighten, and circulation kick up the speed. It’s like magic … the good kind.
I started skin brushing eight years ago when I went to a macrobiotic institute and a counselor dropped a booklet by a really old German guy in front of me and told me to do it. Although the old guy didn’t sell me on it, he had really good skin and appeared to be quite energetic for 80, so maybe there was something to this skin brushing business. I reluctantly and with skepticism in hand, picked up a brush … and BAM!
Why Skin Brushing is so Awesome
Not only is skin brushing inexpensive, it packs a lot of benefits. It exfoliates your skin – removing all of the dead skin, dirt, and garbage clogging your pores; helps your skin detox and eliminate the nasties; may reduce cellulite (by improving circulation to the area); stimulates the lymph system, increases energy and circulation, and tones and brightens skin. The Scandinavians have been dry brushing for centuries, so it’s probably time you get on board too.
How to Dry Brush the “Right” Way
Dry brushing isn’t rocket science, but there is a right and wrong way to do it. Please … do not pick up your hair brush and start brushing your skin. That’s just weird. Do invest in an inexpensive lotus wood exfoliation system. Why? Because you need a special brush for your skin, preferably one that is firm, with natural bristles and a handle that doesn’t fall off, so you can hit all the right places.
Once you have your brush, you’re going to set aside 15 minutes in the morning (and 15 minutes at night if you’re a go-getter) because you’re a newb. Once you’ve been at this for a while, it will only take you 5 minutes max.
People go back and forth on whether or not you should brush wet or dry, but it’s called “dry brushing” for a reason and to get the full effect, you should start start dry. To dry brush, you’re going to start from the top of your body and brush towards your heart – long sweeping motions on your arms and legs and circular motions on your back and abdomen. Then you’ll work from your feet up. Don’t press too hard – you’re going for pink skin not red, and don’t brush over cuts or scrapes.
When you’re finished “dry brushing,” hop in the shower because you’re going to want to rinse that stuff off. If you’re going for the full energy-boosting effects of a good dry brush session, start with hot water and end on a cold note.
Although you can use a brush in the shower, it’s not as effective and it will harm the integrity of the wood, so you’ll want to use an exfoliation glove instead. When you get to your face, you can use a konjac sponge or a glove here also.
Does Dry Brushing Really Work?
Everyone who does it says it does, so there’s really only one way to find out.