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Dry Skin Brushing : Tips

Updated on February 25, 2013

Are your legs dry and scaly? Body skin lack luster and dull?

Dry-skin brushing improves the health of skin by exfoliating dead cells, improving blood flow and boosting lymphatic circulation. According to aesthetician Tiffany Keslick, dry brushing is a gentle treatment that not only removes dull, rough skin but also detoxifies the body by removing excess dead cells that hinder our natural ability to eliminate waste through the skin.

April Farrall, a registered aromatheraphist of Angelscents Holistic Healing said that dry brushing is an effective way to stimulate the body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems. It is also a great way to improve digestion and rejuvenate the nervous system, which helps in improving muscle tone. According to Farral, dry brushing allows the skin to breathe, making it smoother and healthier and even reducing cellulite.

Dry skin brushing is one of the healthier self-help methods available to us today. Stimulation of the skin sets in motion natural healing pathways within your body. Additionally, it encourages nerve beds within its structure that in turn increases normal healing processes throughout the body.

Keslick claims that dry brushing also helps in maintaining alertness during the day, and it is also an effective way to enhance sleep during night time. Since the treatment had become an energy booster, she says that one should not “dry brushing” immediately before bed, as it may result in leaving you awake for most of the night.

While most go to spa to experience dry brushing treatment, it’s easy to make the treatment of a part of your daily skin regimen at home. If you’d like to try the treatment, here are a few things that you must remember.

As mentioned, you must dry brush in the morning before showering, because doing it before you sleep will mostly keep you awake. Avoid brushing fragile areas such as the face, and breasts, as well as any rashes or broken skin. If you are currently experiencing certain skin conditions, you must check with your dermatologist or doctor before doing the treatment.

In doing the treatment, you must before showering brush your body with a loofah, or a smooth-bristle brush such as a natural vegetable-fiber brush; avoid using brushes with syntethic bristles, as they can be too harsh on your skin. Brush your body using gentle circles from the feet and hands towards the heart. After brushing, shower to rinse the dead skins, dry yourself off, then smooth on some coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil into your skin. Wash your brush regularly, and leave it out in the sunshine to prevent bacteria.


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      cuttierish 5 years ago from USA / PHILIPPINES

      i'm glad you enjoyed reading the article. thanks for the comment, will post more next time :) have a great day..

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      ncma789 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I find this hub extremely helpful and informative. I had never really heard of anyone brushing their skin before. But it makes perfectly good sense. Thank you for posting such a wonderful post.