Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful start to your week! The topic for this Wellness Wednesday will be dry brushing. We brush our hair, and teeth, so why not brush your skin?
Dry brushing is brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering. In dry brushing, the skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands, and brushing toward the chest.
I’ve been dry brushing my skin for about a year now mostly because it feels great and makes my skin softer, but there are other benefits as well.
The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. Another benefit of exfoliating the skin is clearing oil, dirt, and residue from the pores. I can’t explain why but dry brushing always gives me a natural energy boost. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend dry brushing at night, but it is great in the morning. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy.
Choosing a Dry Brush
I use a firm, natural bristle brush with a long handle, which allows me to reach my entire back and easily brush the bottoms of my feet and the backs of my legs. You may be able to find a set that includes a face brush and two body brushes with different firmness.
When I started dry brushing, my skin was much more sensitive and I preferred the softer one, and now I much prefer the firmer brush. With the set, I have options. I recommend replacing the brush every 6-12 months as the bristles will eventually wear out. I also wash my brush every few weeks to remove dead skin cells.
How to Dry Brush
Dry brushing can be done daily over the whole body, preferably in the morning before showering. Start with a gentle brush and soft pressure. Work up to a firmer brush and more firm pressure over time.