There are many ways you use to take care of your skin, but how many are effective? Haven’t you tried out products in the market with great scents and everything else but with no long-term results? They cost a fortune as well but most of the time, only rob you of the nutrients.
Your body has natural healing properties and you need something that will capitalize on that. In fact, you need something that will make your skin glow from the inside without asking for much in return. You will be truly happy only when you see that whatever you are using is affecting your skin positively in the long run.
What and Why Dry Brush?
One such method of skin and body care is dry brushing. It sounds quite uncomfortable but it really isn’t. Once you understand what it’s really supposed to do and how to use a dry brush on the body, your view will change. Therefore, let us check out what dry brushing actually means.
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like- you run a brush all over your body for whatever purpose it serves. But, what exactly is the purpose? What is this mechanism?
Dry brushing creates dry friction- while the friction is more solid- the feeling is not. The brush used in dry brushing is different from other brushes- it is soft and gentle. You have to be careful when choosing a dry brush because you do not want to harm your body instead of helping it.
Find all about dry brushing with this video below:
So, how does dry brushing help? In the following ways:
- Exfoliation: The friction helps with exfoliation the most. In fact, it is like a disaster for the dead cells lying on the top layer of your skin and ruining its beauty. Therefore, dry brushing helps you deal with the dead cells making your skin nicer and smoother.
- Blood Circulation: The long-lasting effect that dry brushing has on the skin is through improving the blood circulation of your body. You see, because of the many things blocking the appropriate flow of blood to all parts of your body, sometimes skin does not get the nutrition it really needs. It is in these cases that dry brushing comes to the rescue. It, with its movements, and frictional heat does away with the clogs and blockages making blood circulation much better. Dry brushing side effects are here.
The purpose of the proper way to dry brush on the body: You have to do it in a way that it improves the blood circulation rather than doing nothing.
How to use Dry Brush on Body: The Steps.
Let’s see how you have to start, how you continue, and what to focus on when you are dry brushing your body.
Start from the bottom.
Unlike the general showering methods, dry brushing is something you start from the end. Yes, it is your legs we are talking about. In fact, you have to start by gentle strokes from the bottom of your leg to the top. Do this for at least ten times on each leg and everywhere you can reach. Then, you will have created the required amount of heat and friction.
Move towards the center of the body- the heart.
Well, technically heart is not the center. However, you can consider it the center, in this case, Apparently, dry brushing is very much related to the lymphatic system that gets rid of toxins. And, these toxins apparently flow towards the heart to get out.
As a result, whichever part of the body you are brushing- you have to move the strokes towards the heart for at least ten times.
You have to repeat the same motion you created on your legs on the arms. In fact, you move from the bottom to the top.
The Stomach and the armpits- Circular motions.
These are special areas and require a different kind of motion form arms and legs. Here, you have to move the brush in a circular fashion to increase the blood flow and send it where it should be sent.
The Abdomen and the Back.
You have to do what you do with your stomach and armpits on the abdomen and back as well- circular motion. Make sure you do it ample times.
On the neck and face.
You usually move towards the chest from your neck with a dry brush. When you get to your face you have to use a softer brush than the one you used on your body. Furthermore, the cheeks also call for the circular motion rather than the straight motions.
You may be tempted to be rough with the dry brush but do not be. It will leave your skin pink anyway but take care that your skin does not turn red. Furthermore, beware of allergies and other skin diseases- you should never dry brush on those areas.
You may choose the movements below:
Dry brushing will give you the most benefits when you do it right. So, learn to it right and do it right!