So, you’ve bought your dry skin brush and you have read all the tips and tricks about the technique. You know what the benefits are but you have no idea how to actually skin brush. Well, here are the basic steps on dry skin brushing and getting the most from it.
Get in the Shower
It is best to perform your skin brushing routine in a contained area like inside a bath or in the shower but as the name depicts, your skin needs to be dry and you want to be in a place where the dry skin is contained and can be removed from the area easily. You will need to shower right after the dry skin brushing in order to remove the extra skin that might have been dislodged. If you don’t want to shower, take a bath instead, just as long as one or the other follows after you have skin brushed.
Brush Your Entire Body
When skin brushing, you should always stroke towards the heart. Brush the entire body surface starting from the feet area and brushing with long repeated and gradual overlapping strokes upwards and towards the heart to stimulate circulation. Work from the feet, stroking upwards then proceed to stroking the legs, upwards to the knees. Do not forget to stroke the sides and back of the legs, stroking upwards always. Brush the thigh areas, back and front; again maintaining strokes in the direction of the heart and repeating the stroking actions.
Do the same with the stomach, buttocks, hands and arms. When you get to the lower chest/upper abdomen areas, continue brushing gently upwards and gently towards the heart and for the upper chest, neck and face areas brush down towards the heart but less vigorously. For touch sensitive areas like the face and chest areas for example, all you need to do is brush gently and less vigorously in order not to bruise these areas, but do not avoid them. You need to remove the dry skin from every area of your body to keep your skin cells renewed and the skin in optimum condition.
Alternate Your Water Temperature
One aspect of the dry brushing method that you may not consider is the water temperature you use after the procedure. Some suggest going from having the water as hot as you can tolerate it, to as cool as you can stand it. You do not want to do this immediately. Make it a gradual decrease in temperature from hot to cold. This is done to dilate and then close the pores again which helps to keep skin rejuvenated and unclogged.