SO YOU’VE HEARD OF DRY-BRUSHING & YOU WANT TO KNOW IF IT’S WORTH THE HYPE
I have always paid special attention to the products I use on my face, neck and chest, but neglected the rest of my body aside from normal moisturizing. When I heard about dry-brushing, it struck me as the attention the rest of my skin was missing. I have been dry-brushing for almost a year and have seen significant improvement in my skin tone and texture. If you read no further, that’s the most important thing to takeaway from this blog post. Read on if you’re interested in the why and the how!
WHY SHOULD I DRY-BRUSH?
Dry-brushing has been around for a long time, originally practiced as a form of medicine. Today, it’s claim to fame is still medicinal to an extent, said to help with lymphatic drainage and detox by eliminating toxins. I started dry-brushing for the sole purpose of exfoliation, but also for the off chance that it could actually improve the look of cellulite. It’s also a great way to prep your skin for self tanner (hooray for no streaks!). As mentioned, I have seen huge improvements in my skin’s tone and texture. Without a better way of describing it, I do also notice a slightly ‘depuffed’ look after dry-brushing. Perhaps it’s from improved circulation, but that’s true speculation.
THE BRUSHES & THE BRUSHING
I use The Body Brush Medium from Dr. Barbara Sturm for everything for my back. I broke down and got a dry brush with a handle so I could stop having to literally turn into a contortionist to get at hard-to-reach places on my back. This one has a removable handle, so it could be your one-and-done if you’re interested in getting into dry-brushing!
I start at my feet and brush in long upward stokes working towards my chest. Refer to the diagram above for the sequence. Once I’m done with this routine, I hop in the shower, and then move on to moisturizing after I’m squeaky clean!
Just as a warning, irritation on the chest from dry-brushing can occur, especially if your brush isn’t super soft. I don’t always dry-brush my chest, since I use other exfoliants like physical and chemical exfoliants on it anyway, so there are other ways to give it TLC is the dry-brush is too intensive.
As long as it’s ultra-nourishing, any body cream, lotion, butter or oil will do, but your body will definitely crave the hydration after a good dry-brush so do. not. skip. this. step. Dry skin defeats the majority of purposes behind dry-brushing in the first place. My all-time favorite body product is the Skinfix Resurface+ AHA Renewing Cream. I started dry-brushing shortly after discovering this cream, and can say with confidence that it’s a very effective duo. I incorporated glycolic acid into my nighttime skincare routine roughly 2 years ago, and was very excited to learn I could introduce even more AHAs by way of body products! I also added the Aveeno Positively Ageless Firming Body Lotion into the mix earlier this year. It’s no Renewing Cream, but leaves your skin glowing and soft for a very manageable price compared to the Resurface+.
So that’s dry-brushing in a (somewhat lengthy) nutshell. The creams I use could very well be the responsible party, but I’m happy enough with the results I have seen that I won’t be stopping any of it anytime soon. How has your experience with dry-brushing been?