Have you heard of dry brushing?
Many people carefully tend to the skin on their face, regularly exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing. But when’s the last time you tended to the skin on the rest of your body?
This popular spa technique is an effective way to get your body looking svelte and smooth – no gym required!
Dry brushing can make you feel more energized from the increased blood flow, help strengthen your immune system and keep your skin glowing by removing dead skin cells and opening clogged pores. It will also help increase circulation of the lymphatic system which promotes the elimination of toxins from the body while aiding in digestion and kidney function. It’s also known for helping to tighten skin and reduce cellulite.
How often: My favorite time to dry brush is in the morning, right before I shower. Your skin needs to be dry. I know it is hard to accept that there’s no splish splashing while wielding a brush that looks like it was created for bath time, but I promise you, it is worth the effort. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.
Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.
Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.
The Fuzz Brush – Healthy Planet – $6.16
This is truly one of the most inexpensive home spa treatments you will ever find.