Victoria's Secret model, Miranda Kerr swears by it as way to detox and refresh her skin. No we're not talking about an extremely expensive or time consuming treatment; but, rather a simple and cost effective method. If you're not dry brushing, you will want to start after learning about the benefits you stand to gain. This body hack will become your secret weapon to glowing and smooth skin that will actually transform from the inside out.
What Is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is the act of using a soft firm brush in circular motions to detox and remove dead skin cells. This process is best to be done in the morning before you hop into the shower to stimulate circulation to help energize your day. In removing dead skin cells, you remove dull build up that hinders your naturally glowing complexion.
This process should be done all over the body for a minimum of 15 minutes to insure each part receives enough stimulation. Dry brushing is just one of those things that feels good to do to help wake yourself up and to treat yourself to a little pampering. The great thing about this process is that you don't need to use a whole lot of pressure to gain the benefits because the bristles are formatted to work with little pressure.
Consider this, your skin is the largest organ of your body. All toxins and bacteria excrete through pores and sweat glands. This action unclogs pores which in turn helps prevents instances of body acne naturally.
In addition to the lymphatic boosting qualities that dry brushing offers, it can also aid in getting rid of stubborn cellulite. The blood circulation activity causes toxic materials stored in fat cells to be released as their broken down.
Directions Of Use
When doing to yourself, start at the bottom and work your way up in circular gentle motions toward the heart. Be sure to not use harsh motions or using an extremely stiff brush because this defeats the purpose of exfoliating. When it comes to sensitive areas such as the chest and stomach areas, take extra gentle care.
Once complete, hop into the shower (avoid hot water) and bathe as normally. Once out of the shower, pat skin dry and apply a non-comedogenic oil such as rosehip oil or argan oil to seal in smooth skin.
Dry Brush Care
It is key to keep your dry brush clean from bacteria accumulation to continue receiving the benefits it offers. Use warm water and a sulfate free soap and allow the brush to air dry outdoors. The sun has naturally occurring bacteria killing properties within UVA/UVB rays.