Dry Skin Brushing
Decide when to dry brush, and how often. Before you begin dry brushing, you’ll need to make a decision about what time of day to dry brush. Many dry brushing advocates advise dry brushing in the morning, before a shower. This is because dry brushing allegedly energizes the body and some people believe this will give you an added energy boost at the beginning of the day. Remember, do not dry brush too often. While many fans of dry brushing do it daily, or twice daily, this is not necessary and can actually lead to skin infection, dryness, and irritation. Dry brushing bi-weekly is the safest option.
Dry Skin Brushing
Shower after dry brushing. Even if you do not dry brush in the mornings, it might be a good idea to shower after dry brushing. Any lingering dead skin can be washed off in a shower. Some people recommend alternating between hot and cold temperatures to further enhance blood circulation, although this is not necessary. If you’d rather just take a normal shower using tolerably hot water, this is also okay. Pat your skin dry rather than rubbing it dry after a shower. Your skin might be extra sensitive after dry brushing and you don’t want to encourage skin irritation or infection. Apply a natural oil to your skin to replenish any oils lost in the dry brushing and showering process. Rosehip oil and coconut oil are good options.
Dry Skin Brushing
Dry brushing is the process of brushing dry skin with a long-bristled brush. This exfoliates the skin, reducing the presence of unnecessary dead skin cells on your body; however, dry brushing too often or too hard can cause skin irritation and infection. Be sure you know the facts about dry brushing, as well as the best methods, before beginning the process.
I started dry brushing to help with lymphatic drainage when it was recommended after having breast thermography done. I love doing it and was amazed at how soft my skin became after only a couple of weeks. I read that it should be done toward armpits, clavicle and groin as those are all areas where lymph drains. I have been tending to start and stop using dry brushing as I have been developing sore swollen (lymph nodes?) and oval brown spots in my armpits. When I stop dry brushing and using natural home-made deodorant for a time the swelling goes away and the brown spots fade, only to return again after shaving or commencing dry brushing and natural deodorant again. So frustrating to start something for my health and love it, but then it seems to cause more issues. Has anyone heard of or experienced this, or have any suggestions?
“I’ve only been at this for about two weeks, but I’ve already experienced many of the benefits listed above. For one thing, dry skin brushing just feels really good. It’s one of those miraculous practices that manages to be both relaxing and energizing all at the same time. For another, it cured my cellulite! …Dry skin brushing also helped heal some ingrown hairs and some innocuous though unsightly bumps on my arms. My skin is softer and no longer dry or flakey. Additionally, though I’m not sure whether or not it’s related to dry skin brushing, I must say that I’ve been sleeping better and experiencing less ‘brain fog’ throughout the day!”
Thanks for the attention to skin brushing. YES, absolutely I have and do skin brush, though not as consistently as I could. Have a small brush for my face I’ve not tried. Airola Paavo called A Million Dollar Health and Beauty Secret, recommends doing it on rising before a shower, and brushing ‘everything’, and all strokes toward the groin. The lymphatic nodes there are closest to the intestine. Mucous in the stool may become apparent. Also says brushing can make your skin cleaner than washing can. And I think mine feels FRESH and alive. And he says a stiff vegetable brush can be used when the skin is accustomed to it. I do now and LOVE it, though in the beginning I was reluctant to use even a soft brush. Thought it would feel awful. Sure does not. Happy brushing, all. It’s terrific. I try to do it before rebounding or other exercise to better prepare my skin for waste removal, and it feels GREAT!
Clean the area and brushes after dry brushing. After you finish dry brushing, you should clean the area where you dry brushed as well as the instruments used. If you dry brushed in your shower, cleanup is easy as dead skin will probably flow down the drain afterwards. On other tiled surfaces, sweep up dead skin flakes and dispose of them. Your dry brushes should stay dry. Do not hang them in the shower, where they will get wet and be exposed to mildew. Store them away from standing water. Periodically, your dry brush will need to be washed. Use a small amount of shampoo or liquid soap. Wash the bristles and blot out as much water as possible afterwards. Hang the brushes to dry somewhere safe, away from any further exposure to water.
Keep track of when you dry brush. Remember, dry brushing can cause a litany of skin problems if done too often. Make a note on your calendar or phone of the date of your dry brushing session. Do not dry brush again until at least a couple of weeks have passed. Many people advocate dry brushing once or twice a day, but this increases the likelihood of infection and skin inflammation.
Dry brushing is one of those rare things that feels just as good when you do it yourself, and it’s incredibly easy to incorporate into your routine. Most experts recommend dry brushing in the morning, rather than before bed because of its energizing qualities. Some people use the brush on its own, others put a bit of body oil onto the brush before they use it. “Shower before skin brushing if you’re using an oil on the brush,” says Marrone, who brushes on Rose & Jasmine Oil (goop, $66) to maximize benefits. “If not, shower after skin brushing then apply oil or lotion.” It’s fantastic to do in conjunction with a sauna or steam, too.
This is so interesting, and I am so excited to get a brush and get started! My interest in body brushing was peaked while listening to a segment on NPR about its benefits, and my reading today on here has prompted me to actually get brushing! I have a question involving face brushing though. I have pretty severe rosacea, mainly isolated to my cheeks, and I have pimple-like bumps associated with the rosacea. I went through this feed pretty thoroughly and did not see any posts related to rosacea and how face brushing affects it. My feeling is that it would probably help, but it would be nice to know if you have any info from your readers (or yourself). Many thanks!
Because dry brushing energizes and stimulates the body, most pros suggest doing it in the morning before you shower, but you can do it any time of day you prefer. Using long, upward strokes, start brushing your skin at your feet and work up your legs one at a time. Then move up your mid-section (front and back) and across your chest. Finish by brushing up your arms toward your armpits.
How does dry brushing work? The exfoliation part is easy to understand. “Gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterward,” says Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City.
As for detoxifying, dry brushing is similar to massage. “The light pressure against your skin and the direction in which you brush helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes so this waste can then be eliminated,” says Robin Jones, spa director at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, TX. Your body naturally does this, but dry brushing speeds up the process and at the same time boosts circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, which helps them do their jobs better.
Stimulating the lymphatic system is at the core of all its benefits, Marrone says, which is why dry brushing is prescribed along with the company’s bestselling 10-day Detox program (goop, $169). “The lymphatic system is responsible for collecting, transporting to the blood, and eliminating the waste our cells produce,” she explains. “If the lymphatic system is congested, it can lead to a build-up of toxins, causing inflammation and illness. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system as it stimulates and invigorates the skin.”
Start with the feet and move up the legs. Use your long-handled brush for this portion of dry brushing. Dry brushing begins with the bottom of your body and moves upward. By starting on the bottom of your body and moving upward, it is thought that you increase drainage to the lymph nodes and increase circulation to the heart. This may help remove unwanted toxins from the body and improve blood flow. Use long, smooth brush strokes. Work backwards, each stroke moving towards the heart. If balance is an issue, prop your leg up on a foot stool or on the side of the bathtub. Pay extra attention to rougher areas, like your ankles and the soles of your feet. Brush these areas several times to ensure any dead skin falls away.
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