How To Get Younger Looking and Radiant Skin By Dry Brushing
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.
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.
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.