When I heard that dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, I knew we had to include it on the Haute Bombshell blog. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your body. But the more I looked into it, the more benefits I learned about this relatively simple routine had to offer. Not only does it buff away dead skin, but it’s fantastic at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage, and ultimately ridding the body of toxins. Your skin is your biggest organ after all.
The method itself is incredibly easy and only takes minutes, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind, including the type of brush and the direction you move it. Below, four things you need to know about dry skin brushing.
How often: Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day and at least 3x a week. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.
Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.
Choosing A Brush
Start off with a natural bristle brush stay away from loofahs. Look for boar bristles or fibers from plants, synthetic bristles can be too harsh and cause irritation. One that either fits in the palm of your hand or has a shorter handle which will give you more control. It is best to go into a store and feel the bristles so that you can find bristles that best suits your taste.
The Dry Brushing Process
- Start with your feet, moving in soft circular movements (always moving towards the heart) first on the bottom of the feet, and then on the top.
- Work up each leg, one at a time, first the back of the leg (using the same soft circular, always towards the heart, movements) up through the buttock and then the front of the leg. Avoid any delicate skin, like the skin on the insides of the thighs.
- After you are finished with the lower half, start at the fingertips of one arm; move up the arm (palms of hands, back of hands, forearm, bicep) and towards the heart. Repeat on other arm.
- Move to the back (this is where a short handled brush may come in handy) working your movements towards your stomach, starting and finishing with one side of the back and then the other. This FEELS AMAZING
- When you get to your stomach, start at your lower abdomen and work your way up (make sure to steer clear of delicate areas like the nipples) and end at your chest in an upward stroke.
- Rinse off and shower as normal.
Skin brushing Tips
- Avoid the face! While dry brushing is excellent for exfoliating skin, this body brush will be too rough for the delicate skin on your face.
- It’s sometimes best to dry brush right before you shower since there may be a lot of dead skin brushed off.
- Use a lukewarm water temp…hot water would just irritate your delicate skin. (DUH)
- Try using a natural and organic body soap since the pores in your skin are open and clear. I use and have become slightly addicted to the body care products at Honestly Inspired.
- Honestly Inspired also has sugar scubs good enough to eat:)
- However, it isn’t necessary to use soap to wash up in the shower or bath after dry brushing; your skin is as clean as it can be.
- This is perfect to do the day before your receiving your Bombshell Airbrush Tan!
After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oil, such as almond, jojoba, grapeseed or coconut!
Keep it Haute, Bombshells!