Healthy skin needs to breathe. Rid it regularly of dry skin cells and the body will react by producing new skin cells more rapidly. Your skin will immediately feel silkier, look more vibrant and have a healthier appearance.
Self Care equals self love, but how many of us take time to do it? With he hustle and bustle of life and trying to keep up on work, home, and the kids, we often times put ourselves last. When was the last time you had a massage, facial, or just took a nice bath to relax and clear your head?
If you’ve been reading our latest emails, you know we’re focusing on self care this month. You’ve learned the benefits of massage by Heidi Foley, @foleyrelaxed, and the importance of facials by Rachel Mendoza, @brynnoxbeauty. These are two of the finest ladies in Wichita who give first class service! (If you missed the emails, reply to me, and I’ll send them to you).
Today we’re diving into dry brushing as we continue our journey on self care. Until a year ago, I hadn’t heard of dry brushing! As I began to research what it is and the benefits, I was pleasantly surprised! We’re told to brush our teeth, but not our skin? It’s so rather painful! Check out this short list of the benefits of dry brushing.
- Increases Circulation
- Invigorating and Energizing
- Stimulate the Lymphatic System
- Eliminate Toxins or Detoxify the Body
- Aids Digestion
- Improves Cellulite or Balance Fat Deposits – Yes Please!!
Our body has a series of lymphatic vessels responsible for draining fluid (called lymph) from tissues, then emptying them back into the bloodstream. It actually acts as a second circulatory system, which is responsible for transporting infection-fighting cells, removing foreign bodies and cleaning up cells. This is why it’s important to always dry brush toward your heart, starting with your feet. Use brisk, circular motions or long strokes. This encourages blood circulation and cell regeneration. This helps to promote internal detoxification which can aid in weight loss, cellulite reduction and the elimination of accumulated toxins.
It only takes three minutes of dry brushing your skin to notice how it comes alive and feels soft. For normal skin, dry-brushing one to two times per week is sufficient. If you have sensitive skin, try every couple weeks. Snatch a Bohemian Reves Dry Brush here!
HOW TO DRY BRUSH THE SKIN:
- Brush your body before you shower or bathe, preferably in the morning. Use a skin brush, loofah or dry face cloth.
- Start at your feet and always brush toward your heart. Use brisk circular motions or long, even strokes.
- Brush all the way up your legs, buttocks, and back. Then in a circular motion at your abdomen.
- Brush lightly on sensitive areas like breasts and more firmly on areas like soles of the feet.
- When you reach your arms, begin at your fingers and brush up your arms, toward your heart. Brush your shoulders and chest down, always toward your heart.
- Avoid brushing anywhere the skin is broken.
- Finish by taking a shower and if you choose, use cold/hot therapy to further stimulate the lymphatic system and improve circulation.
- Pat dry and massage pure plant oils into your skin such as almond, sesame, avocado, coconut, olive or cocoa butter.
- Wash dry brush with baby shampoo at least twice a month to remove dry skin.