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Got dry, dull skin…. *raises hand. Winter can take toll on your skin. I think your skin is the ultimate determining factor of your health. I mean who doesn’t want healthy, sun kissed glowing skin. I don’t know about you but I love a quick “you have beautiful skin” compliment.
With Spring approaching that means summer is here, in Atlanta at least. In my head, I’m in a rush to drop these twenty, thirty …. well you get it, pounds of baby fat but my body just isn’t quite cooperating. Exercise will follow soon, I think, but til then —- beautiful glowing skin no matter what size I am.
So, I’m starting with Dry Skin Brushing!!!
What is dry skin brushing?
Dry brushing is the art of brushing your skin with gentle but firm strokes towards the heart in an effort to cleanse the body of waste. One third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin. It also stimulates the lymphatic system for waste removal and increases blood circulation.
At first I was like…
this brush does what?!?!?
Then after couple months or so I noticed my skin was a bit brighter, pores were smaller.
Then I was like
My energy level was elevated for a new mom. The little sleep I did get was tranquil and my skin felt tighter!!
Then I be like…
So, after brushing my teeth, I dry brush my skin for about 10-15 minutes, longer if you can, before bathing and if possible I brush in the morning too. Dry brushing has been apart of my routine for about six months now and it’s highly effective. Yeah, when I get a chance to shower with a three month old, it’s my routine!
The benefits of dry skin brushing are:
- Glowing skin
- Removal of dead skin cells
- Increased blood circulation
- Better sleep
- Elevated energy levels
- Removal of waste in the body
- No bloating, gas
Really simple and easy to do!
- First, the fun part—-> GET NAKED!!!
- Purchase a natural (not synthetic) SOFT bristle body brush. You can find a similar one here.
- Start from the ankles and move upward toward the heart with light but firm strokes. This is the same direction that the lymph and blood circulation flows.
- Next, brush the stomach, arms and chest towards the heart as well.
- I use a separate skin brush for my face because the body brush is too abrasive or I make homemade facial scrubs to exfoliate using the same brush strokes. Another post on that later.
Afterwards, throw away those chemically induced facial/body scrubs and moisturizers and use all natural products. I personally air dry and use coconut or sweet almond oil as my moisturizer after a shower.
Note: I exfoliate 1-2 times a week with a SOFT bristle brush. Too much exfoliation can cause minor cuts, skin abrasions and lead to infection.
Another tip is to drink a hot glass of lemon water to jumpstart your digestive system afterwards especially if you bathe in the morning.
THIS is the routine to commit to! I’ve noticed a tremendous difference in my skin and my body. My pores were unclogged, and my skin absorbed more nutrients resulting in an even tone and glow. I felt energized when I woke and the bloated feeling was gone.
Now look, there ain’t a easy way to beauty but diet and lots of water play a major role in skin complexion, energy and waste removal as well. Dry brushing is just a supplemental technique to compliment dietary choices. So don’t go looking for a quick fix! Drink lots of water and eat those fruits and vegetables!!
What skin regimens do you use daily? Let’s chat, leave me a comment!