WHY SHOULD YOU DRY BRUSH?!
What exactly is dry brushing? Dry body brushing is one of the easiest habits you can incorporate into your daily routine, and it has a multitude of health benefits. My favorite is that dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system which is responsible for transporting waste to the blood. This means instead of waste just kind of sitting there in your body, dry brushing gets that waste moving and where it needs to go. Just the idea of that makes me feel like I am really taking care of myself! Other benefits are exfoliating dead skin cells and decreasing cellulite. Yep, you heard that right! Whenever I know someone is doing a detox of some kind, I tell them they have to dry brush at the same time. You can’t detox the inside and not the outside so anytime you are detoxing, remember you also have to dry brush!
There are a number of different types of dry brushes, but my favorite is by From Nature with Love. I carry these brushes at TTB, and I literally can’t keep them on the shelves. They are super cheap at $8, everyone needs one, and you can’t ever have too many. It has a curved wooden handle that fits perfectly in my hand so I can control the pressure. I always start at my feet and brush up towards my heart in small, light strokes. I continue with my legs, knees, back of the thighs, arms, elbows, stomach, and back always brushing towards your heart. I LOOOOOVE the way it feels lightly scratching my skin, and as I am doing it before I get in the shower my heart beat rises which helps wake me up!
You can dry brush with or without oil, but I prefer doing it without oil BEFORE I get into the shower every morning. I dry brush my entire body for 3-4 minutes focusing on the back of my thighs because every woman needs a little more circulation in this area. Then, when I get out of the shower, I use a body oil to hydrate my skin. The older I get the dryer my skin gets because it doesn’t produce as much oil.
My 3 favorite body oils to use after I dry brush and shower are African Botanics Firming Body Oil, Mio The Activist, and Palmers Moisturizing Body Oil. All of them relieve itching, extreme dryness and plump the skin. They have ingredients such as avocado, carrot seed oil, marula oil and omegas that nourish and protect the skin as well as decrease the look of wrinkles and cellulite. If you haven’t invested in one of these body oils yet, you really have to give them a try because they feel soooo good on your skin! I recently gave a bottle of African Botanics to a friend of mine who didn’t know what she could do about the lines on her chest she had gotten over the years from sleeping on her side and maybe laying out too much (wink, wink). I told her to try this body oil to plump up the lines and nourish this delicate skin area. Honestly, immediately after applying it she almost couldn’t believe her eyes. It made it look so much better she put on a V neck sweater! Of course, she also thought I was the smartest person on the planet, but I am telling you, people, it works.
If you haven’t try dry brushing, please go get yourself a good dry brush. They’re inexpensive and you will get addicted to the way it feels when you are brushing and more importantly how your skin feels afterwards. Happy brushing