There’s a secret to how celebrities and models keep their skin firm and glowing. Stacy Keibler, actess and ex-WWE entertainer, swears by it! It’s as easy as brushing– dry brushing, in which you use a natural, dry, brush to stroke the skin at least once a day.
Sure, we brush our hair and our teeth, but brushing your skin is a relatively unpracticed ritual; it can be far more beneficial than constant washing with harsh soaps, and moisturizing with overly-fragrant lotions.
Exfoliation is key, and this is exactly what Dry Brushing does!
5 Benefits of Dry Brushing:
- Reduces cellulite
- Flushes toxins
- Brightens skin
- Strengthens immune system
- Stimulates hormones and oil glands
To put it simply: Dry Brushing will rid you of dead skin cells, allowing you to regenerate new ones, making your skin tighter and brighter (improving muscle tone, as well!). With the stimulation of your Lymphatic System, you cleanse your body of old fluids, replacing them with new fluid, which boosts your Immune System and effectively (naturally) detoxifies.
How to Brush
- Make sure your skin and brush are completely dry, or you will not properly benefit from this technique.
- Only stroke in small, gently firm, circular motions, always going towards your heart. The diagram to the right shows the direction in which you should brush, as well as the flow of your Lymphatic System.
- Do not press too hard when brushing, as it can cause irritation and discomfort.
- It is a good idea to do this in a bath tub, so that after you can shower/rinse yourself off.
- If you are brushing your face, make sure to use softer strokes, as the skin is more sensitive here, and easily irritable.
In case the above descriptions don’t quite clarify how to Dry Brush, you can also view various tutorials available on Youtube!
Selecting a Dry Brush Tool
When selecting a Dry Brush, it’s important to make sure that it has natural
bristles. These bristles should be plant derived, somewhat stiff, and
have a handle for hard to reach spots!
Amazon offers an Ecotools Bamboo Bristle Bath Brush for $5.97, which is an great price for a wonderfully beneficial grooming technique! However, our Clinic Director, Susan Piazza, uses the Yerba Prima Tampico Skin Brush, which she swears by, and is only $8.75! A perk of having this specific brush is that the handle is removable. This allows you to use it on your face more easily.