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Dry-Brushing Your Skin Will Make You Look Amazing: Here's How

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM
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Dry-Brushing Your Skin Will Make You Look Amazing: Here's How

by Rebecca Stokes

dry brushI've tried all manner of wacky beauty treatments. It's my second favorite hobby next to cleaning and organizing my refrigerator (what can I say, my life is almost as thrilling as Billy Bob Thornton-era Angelina "Blood Necklace" Jolie's). I will doubtlessly try many, many more. Ear candling? Name the time, name the place. Face shaving? May it please god, Lifebooker will offer me some manner of deal soon.

Some of the things I've tried have been disastrous. Other treatments have gone out with less of a bang, and more of a whimper. Japanese detox foot-pads, I'm looking at you. But there have also been the odd (and I do mean truly strange) procedures that have actually worked. Dry brushing my skin is absolutely one of them.

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Dry brushing your skin is exactly what it sounds like. Using a long-handled brush, you vigorously scrub your nekkid skin in a bid to remove dead skin. So what are the benefits to this strange procedure? Well right off the bat, you have exfoliation! What's better than an all-over-purge of your dead skin to leave you silky soft and youthful, I ask you? Well, freaking out your roommates should they catch you mid-session -- so bonus points!

But there's another BIG benefit. Dry brushing stimulates your lymphatic system, which means every time you do it, it's like a mini-detox minus all that steam-room sweat. Plus, regular brushing helps improve skin's appearance, which means a reduced look to cellulite -- I don't hate that at all!

If you're new to dry brushing, here are some things to watch out for. Make sure you start out with a sooooooft brush. Go for natural fibers if you can find them. You want to make sure you're rubbing vigorously, but not so hard you irritate your skin. You can slowly graduate to a stronger bristle, but don't push yourself right out of the gate.

The operative word in dry brushing is 'dry.' Obviously, this means don't get your person, or your brush, wet. "But Becca," I hear you say, "what if it begins to rain when I am dry brushing?" To which I responded, "Why are you naked out of doors?" Also, always brush TOWARDS your heart -- that really puts the emphasis on activating your lymphatic. Plus you get to yell, "HEART!" like you are in Captain Planet.

What weird beauty treatments do you do and love?

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Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM

This is a new one for me. I use a back brush in the shower but that's it. I am dragging my feet at trying a dry brush because I think it would irritate my skin. And if it wouldn't, then I wonder why a soft cloth wouldn't work as well.

ceciliam
by Cecilia on Jan. 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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I love dry brushing!

I like to make a paste of lemon juice and sugar and rub it ino my hands, rinse and then rub a bit of olive oil or coconut oil into my hands.

I use aloe vera gel as a face moisturizer and witch hazel as a toner.

othermom
by Silver Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Never tried this

AM-BRAT
by Amber on Jan. 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM
Never heard of it, tfs!
AM-BRAT
by Amber on Jan. 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM
Lol that's pretty much it for me too. :))

Quoting Bmat:

This is a new one for me. I use a back brush in the shower but that's it. I am dragging my feet at trying a dry brush because I think it would irritate my skin. And if it wouldn't, then I wonder why a soft cloth wouldn't work as well.

PinkButterfly66
by Bronze Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Google dry brushing technique for proper instructions.  You brush towards the heart, so brush up on legs and arms towards the heart and face and neck down towards the heart.  This encourages the lymp fluid to flow in the proper direction.

http://ashleysgreenlife.blogspot.com/2012/09/dry-skin-brushing-what-is-it-how-to-do.html

xtwistedxlovex
by Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I never got much exfoliation out of dry brushing. It just irritated my skin - no matter how gentle I was - with no apparent benefit. I'd rather massage for the lymphatic effect and use a Salux cloth to exfoliate.

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by Bronze Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM

I wanna be on Captain Planet. Maybe I should put that in the free-gift-giveaway post.


ladybug36519
by Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:40 AM
This to me sounds nuts
hn022785
by Member on Jan. 20, 2014 at 9:38 AM
I use ear candles all the time! I love them! Tips are horrible for your ears but the candles just pull the wax right out its awesome! You can hear so much better!

Quoting Cafe Steph:


Dry-Brushing Your Skin Will Make You Look Amazing: Here's How


by Rebecca Stokes

dry brushI've tried all manner of wacky beauty treatments.
It's my second favorite hobby next to cleaning and organizing my
refrigerator (what can I say, my life is almost as thrilling as Billy
Bob Thornton-era Angelina "Blood Necklace" Jolie's). I will doubtlessly
try many, many more. Ear candling? Name the time, name the place. Face shaving? May it please god, Lifebooker will offer me some manner of deal soon.


Some of the things I've tried have been disastrous. Other treatments have gone out with less of a bang, and more of a whimper. Japanese detox foot-pads, I'm looking at you. But there have also been the odd (and I do mean truly strange) procedures that have actually worked. Dry brushing my skin is absolutely one of them.

More from The Stir: 10 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Hair Static


Dry brushing your skin is exactly what it sounds like. Using a long-handled brush, you vigorously scrub your nekkid skin
in a bid to remove dead skin. So what are the benefits to this strange
procedure? Well right off the bat, you have exfoliation! What's better
than an all-over-purge of your dead skin to leave you silky soft and
youthful, I ask you? Well, freaking out your roommates should they catch
you mid-session -- so bonus points!


But there's another BIG benefit. Dry brushing stimulates your lymphatic system,
which means every time you do it, it's like a mini-detox minus all that
steam-room sweat. Plus, regular brushing helps improve skin's
appearance, which means a reduced look to cellulite -- I don't hate that
at all!


If you're new to dry brushing, here are some things to watch out for.
Make sure you start out with a sooooooft brush. Go for natural fibers
if you can find them. You want to make sure you're rubbing vigorously,
but not so hard you irritate your skin. You can slowly graduate to a
stronger bristle, but don't push yourself right out of the gate.


The operative word in dry brushing is 'dry.' Obviously, this means don't get your person, or your brush, wet.
"But Becca," I hear you say, "what if it begins to rain when I am dry
brushing?" To which I responded, "Why are you naked out of doors?" Also,
always brush TOWARDS your heart -- that really puts the emphasis on
activating your lymphatic. Plus you get to yell, "HEART!" like you are
in Captain Planet.


What weird beauty treatments do you do and love?

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