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How To Get Younger Looking and Radiant Skin By Dry Brushing

Updated on December 20, 2010
Type of Dry Brush
Type of Dry Brush
Ideal Brush for the Back
Ideal Brush for the Back

To keep dry skin in check, brushing your skin is the key to keep skin vibrant and radiant. We all have skin of course, so men this is for you too. Even though we are a few days into the New Year, make this one of your resolutions, especially if you are over 30. Dry brushing is an epidermis stimulator that increases circulation in the area brushed and if done regularly will bring back dull skin. When you are getting ready for the world every morning, make dry brushing a part of your morning ritual. The benefits will be for a smoother, clearer and beautiful skin for your entire body.

During the day our body, through the skin, eliminates over a pound of waste by way of tiny sweat glands. As a matter of fact, about one-third of all impurities from the body are eliminated this way. There is a problem though when toxins are trapped because of tight clothing, mineral based moisturizers and antiperspirants which contain aluminum. The result is built up toxic by-products that cause pimples, and makes your skin look basically pale and pasty. Dead skin cells build up on the epidermis which results in flaky, dry, and skin with a lizard-like texture; not very attractive. Have you ever bought the best skin moisturizer on the market promising, no more dry skin. Well it may just work, but first get that brush out and start brushing off all that dead, flaky skin first. If you suffer from psoriasis or eczema, dry brushing is fine, but use brush with less pressure. The stimulation on these skin conditions is great for rough patches and scaly and thickened skin.

Dry Brushing
Dry Brushing

How to Dry Brush (except face and breasts of women)

 

Obviously, the skin must be dry, that means no oil or moisturizers are allowed.  The best time is right before you bathe or shower. The brush should be of natural fiber and the size of the palm of your hand and include a handle or strap. Brush the entire body except the face and breasts if you’re a woman for about 10 minutes. Do not brush hard. It may take a while when you first start to get use to the brush, so don’t make it uncomfortable. The more vigorous brushing will come in time.

Start brushing the hands first, in between the fingers and next to the arms, underarms, neck, chest, stomach, sides, and the back. Next brush the legs, starting with your feet. Invigoration will follow and you will be glowing.

Exfoliating for Vibrant Skin
Exfoliating for Vibrant Skin

Enhance Dry Brushing with Shower or Bath

To further enhance the dry brushing, pour about a tablespoon of almond or olive oil into a small bowl and add a drop of lemongrass or lavender essential oil. Massage into to your body, including the face for about 5 minutes. If you are washing your hair, massage as well into the scalp. Next, jump into the shower or bathe as you normally would. All the dead skin you dry brushed earlier is exfoliated and washed away down the drain. Always pat, not rub the skin to dry.

This whole procedure can be done every day and will become like second –nature. Lastly, always wash your brush with soap and water to keep it clear of dead skin debris.

 

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      Skin care 8 years ago

      i will try it.

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Dynamics, I agree with you 100%. I try not to let the day go by by increasing my knowledge. Hubpages is a good forum for that.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It's true, if you keep your eyes open, you'll learn something everyday. laringo, thanks for the tip about dry brushing the skin. I have never heard of it but I'll definitely give it a try.

      Great hub.

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Charia, I hope you do have an opportunity to try it. You'll notice the difference right away.

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      Charia Samher 8 years ago

      Oh I think I'll have to try that too. =)

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Hi again blondepoet. Just try the dry brushing and you will see how your skin will glow from removal of dead skin just sitting on top of your skin that most people don't realize is there.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Wow see here is something that I would never think to try if you had not written this. You have terrific hubs.

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      MotherHubber,Thanks for all your help and support. Yor are another reason why I love HubPages. Have a great one!

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      MotherHubber 8 years ago from Southern California

      Check out the 2009 edition of Writer's Market (there are submission guidelines for every publication known to mankind). Also, a useful writer's reference book that I have is called WriterMama - I will post the author tomorrow. Don't have it handy now, but it's a great nuts/bolts resource for wanna-be freelancers.

      Good luck!

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      MotherHubber, I am glad that you will be trying this technique out. I do it and it makes my skin more radiant and bright. The dullness disappears. How would I go about selling this article to a magazine. I never even thought about it. Thanks a million.

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      MotherHubber 8 years ago from Southern California

      Great article! I've never done this, but I'll be buying a brush today and will give it a try. You should try selling this article or a similar one to one of the glossy helath/beauty mags. Bet they would bite. Well written!

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      sime, thanks for reading. Are you an owner of the skin website or just promoting it?

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thanks onelovenow. It' really works. I hope you try it.

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      onelovenow 8 years ago from ARIZONA

      You always have something good to share. Thanks great information.

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Hi Zsuzsy, Your quite welcome. Sharing is what Hubpages is all about, and I'm happy to contribute. I also hope your holidays were great times with family and friends.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      We only have one 'set of skins' so we should take care of it as best as we can. Thanks for the tips I will try. What sold me is the use of the lavender oil.

      Thanks for sharing, hope you had great holidays, regards Zsuzsy

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thanks anjalichugh for the kind comment on my fan page, and yes we take care of our skin we can be radiant for many years.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Who wouldn't want to have a radiant skin for a long time? A useful tip. Thx.

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Hello foxility; and it really works. Give it a try sometimes.

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      foxility 8 years ago

      That's so interesting. I have never heard of that. I will try that.

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Hi sheenarobins, the skin is a very important body organ and should be treated as such. Remember there are specific brushes with natural fibers for dry brushing that are excellent. Some different brands are shown on this Hub.

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      sheenarobins 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      laringo,

      I like your hub a lot. I'm very concern about my skin, I want it to look radiantly beautiful and glowing. So I will try the brushing before taking a bath.

      thanks for the info!

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Hello SweetiePie, I know how it is when you are sentitive to certain things, whether it's creams, lotions, foods, and everything else in between. Just an FYI though, these body brushes are extremely soft.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Interesting technique laringo. I would be too scared to try this because I have very sensitive skin, but I am glad to hear it works.

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Hi G-Ma Johnson, It sounds like your ready to go, that's great. As far as your mom, as we age, the skin thins because estrogen has stopped production, and other aging factors. I would suggest to use the brush very gently all the time, not to break the skin. If anything the stimulation should help her.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      wow sounds wonderful...I have a brush like you have shown and I have lavender oil so It makes sense to me... am gonna try this too...what about the thin skin of the elderly? Is it good for them too? Am wondering if it would be good for my 89 yr old mom? Thanks dear...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Francia, just do it when you can and maybe you may get hooked or make it a news year resolution. It's never too late. Good luck and God Bless you.

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      VioletSun, you should take a few minutes to do this before a shower. It can be done in the evening also. The choice is yours. Thank you for the nice compliment because I am no spring chicken for sure, but try my best to take care of myself. You also have a blessed year!

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Dottie, I think you should try it. I look at as being a completely positive thing to do for yourself.

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Jewels, I do hope you give it a whirl and let me know how it's going. Have a wonderful year!

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      Francia 8 years ago

      I have a brush that looks like the one in your photo and I used to brush off dry skin. But I kept postposing the ritual when schedules got too hectic. With this hub, I will get my brush again and resolve to be consistent LOL. Thanks laringo for this reminder.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Okay, Laringo, I am going to give it a try. Princessa had written about this, and I gave it a feeble attempt, but I am going to try again. I am glad you mentioned about the breasts, and the amount of time as I wouldn't have known.

      Your skin glows in your profile picture, so you must know what your are doing! :)

      Have a blessed 2009!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It's been a long time since I've done this. Thanks for the reminder! It does work and it gives me energy!

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Who wouldn't love vibrant skin. I think I would love to try this. Thank you.

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      Jewels 8 years ago from Australia

      Sounds logical, I must give it a go. Thanks for the tip.