Drying Brushing

Our skin streams with blood vessels, hormones, lymphatic capillaries, healthy lipids, waterproofing oils, and beneficial flora. It breathes and absorbs sunlight (remember doses of Vitamin D is essential to our body). 

Dry body brushing is a form of exfoliation that has been used for hundreds of years in many cultures.

The mechanical action of dry brushing has many benefits. Among them include: It is a great energizing and purifying treatment.

It creates air friction to bring oxygen ions levels up therefore boosting blood circulation. It sheds dead, dehydrated skin cells which increases cellular turnover and allows for better product absorption. It plumps the skin temporarily through micro swelling, temporarily decreasing the appearance of cellulite. Dry brushing will improve the skin's ability to eliminate toxins through the pores.

Dry brushing is great for fighting sluggishness and slowing down because it stimulates your nervous system. It creates energy to the body, therefore performing it during the day is best, just before a shower. 

As the name implies, always start on dry skin.  Start gently 2x per week, and allow your skin to get used to it. As your skin adjusts, you can do it every morning if you like. It should be performed firmly once you are comfortable with it.

Start on your feet and continue towards your head. Always dry brush following your heart's direction. On your stomach and joints perform round, clockwise motions. Use long strokes on your arms and legs towards the heart. Follow with a hydrating body oil or moisturizer such iS Clinical Youth Body Serum. To refresh the skin and provide a powerful boost of hydration mist your body with Youth Body Serum. This nourishing serum has antioxidant properties ⁠to protect against environmental aggressors and can completely replace your body lotion believe it or not! Otherwise use this sprayable serum to combat dry skin.⁠

Never brush over skin that is broken (i.e. cuts, acne breakouts, sunburns, sores etc.) Don’t brush over areas of redness, inflammation or infection. Stop dry brushing if skin becomes irritated or inflamed and do NOT use the brush on your face.

 

Image taken from Pinterest to illustrate direction of Dry Brushing.

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