We’re into the hottest part of the summer – and higher temperatures can take a toll on your skin. If your skin is looking as scaly as a lizard’s, you might consider dry brushing. Although this technique has been the buzz as of late, it’s actually been embraced by naturopaths for some time for many reported health benefits. One thing’s for sure: Dry brushing the skin will physically exfoliate dead skin cells, leaving you with more glowing skin.
So what is dry brushing? Using a soft, natural bristle brush or even a loofah, one massages the skin all over the body. Depending upon how thorough you are, the process can take 5 to 15 minutes. The key is to do it with a dry brush and dry skin. Here are some basic steps:
- Perform dry brushing in the morning, before bathing
- Start at the feet, working up toward the heart – always work from the extremities toward the core of your body.
- Massage thin skin areas more gently, and use more vigorous strokes in thicker, tougher areas
- Avoid cuts and other open skin areas
- When finished brushing, shower as usual. For added benefits, give your skin a blast of cold water at the end.
- For best results, perform dry brushing of the skin daily
Natural health devotees advocate dry brushing for other reported health benefits. The basic theory is that the skin is the body’s largest detoxification organ, eliminating up to a pound of toxins daily, primarily through the sweat gland. Stimulation through dry brushing may help the body’s entire elimination system operate more efficiently. Dry brushing may also help clean the lymphatic system, strengthen the immune system, stimulate circulation, and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Here at Actifirm, we’re hooked on dry brushing – it makes skin glow and feels invigorating! That’s why we’ve included a special dry brush in our Tan Me Now set. The exfoliation benefits of dry brushing help prepare skin for ultra-smooth application of self-tanner. If you’re looking for a way to step up your daily skincare regimen, give dry brushing a try!