To exfoliate or not to exfoliate, that is the question: whether ‘tis nobler in the skin to suffer. Why of course you don’t want your skin to suffer and that’s why it is important and actually quite noble to exfoliate.
With so many options available for exfoliation, such as chemical exfoliants and microscrubs, sometimes it might be challenging determining which exfoliation method is best for you, however, when in doubt, stick to the basics.
And the basics call for using a brush. Yes, a brush. However, in this post, I am writing about dry brushing specifically and solely for the body. The technique is known as dry brushing and is typically discussed in relation to the skin on the body, but can also be used to effectively exfoliate the face as well.
Dry brushing helps to remove dead skin cells, but also works by stimulating lymphatic drainage and eliminating about one third of your body’s wastes.
What’s even more exciting: dry brushing provides your body with the same stimulation as a massage or approximately 20 minutes of exercise—however, it should not be used to replace a fitness routine.
So how to you start dry brushing?
Get a soft-bristled brush and use it before you jump into the shower. Begin moving the brush over the soles of your feet and then continue moving it up your legs. Use long, sweeping movements with the brush over your body. From your legs, next work on your torso and arms, brushing up towards your heart.
In clockwise strokes, work on your abdomen also. It’s best to start with gentle pressure in order to allow your skin to become used to the sensation of dry brushing; eventually, you can increase the pressure according to what feels right to you.
After you finish dry brushing, you can then continue with your regularly scheduled shower and moisturizing needs, once out.
Because dry brushing helps your body to gently detox and purify itself, don’t be alarmed if you see a pimple emerge. It’s just your body’s sign of showing you how it has released toxins.
At a Glance
- Dry brushing can be done everyday
- If you dry brush daily, take a break every month so your body doesn’t get too used to the treatment
- If your skin is sensitive, you can use a towel to “dry brush” instead of an actual brush
- Do not brush or exfoliate areas of the skin that are irritated or affected by eczema, psoriasis, varicose veins or other areas with broken skin
- Wash your body brush regularly in warm, soapy water to clean it any buildup