Supposedly, it's spring in New York City. But with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees and constant rain I'm not really feeling like everything is coming up daisies and bunnies. What I do know for sure is that my skin has been ravaged by yet another winter spent in the NYC tundra, but I haven't let my skin go down without a fight. Throughout the winter I've been exfoliating in the shower, laying on thick lotions, drinking buckets of bone broth, and dry brushing.
What is Dry Brushing?
If you haven't already heard of dry brushing, it's a simple routine you can do twice a day to solve a whole laundry list of issues. Dry brushing helps to (deep breath) exfoliate, unblock pores, release toxins in the skin, increase circulation, drain your lymphatic system, and it possibly helps with cellulite. Whew. You get all of that for five minutes of minimal work. Not bad.
What Kind of Brush Do You Use?
To dry brush, first you need a brush. The best brushes have firm, natural bristles. The one I use, and is picture throughout this post, can be found here. For more delicate skin around your neck and face, or if you have super sensitive skin, use these brushes with softer bristles.
How Do You Dry Brush?
To dry brush, strip down to your birthday suit and hop in the shower. You'll be brushing off dead skin, and the idea of that covering your bathroom or bedroom floor in that is pretty gross. Starting at your feet, start brushing each section of skin upwards, making sure to brush both the bottoms and the tops, in the direction of your heart. Continue brushing in the direction of your heart up your legs and badonk, until you reach your torso. Repeat the same steps on your arms, hands and back using the brush's arm attachment if needed - always towards your heart to increase blood flow under the skin. For your chest and neck, switch to your smaller brushes, always brushing towards the heart where your lymphatic system drains towards.
At the beginning brush two or three times over each section of skin until you get used to the feeling. I now usually brush around five times over each section of skin. Be firm, but don't apply enough pressure to cause scratches or redness on your skin. Adopt a pressure that works best for you.
When you're finished brushing, shower like you normally would. After you hop out of the shower you can moisturize with your choice of natural oils or lotions to make your skin and body even happier.
Do you love dry brushing? Hate it? Want to learn more about it and have tons of questions? Comment below or tweet at me at The BLVD's handle, @_theblvd!