I have added a new step to my morning routine before I enter the shower. This new step has added less than 5 minutes to my morning schedule. I have read that this simple activity can exfoliate my skin, cleanse my lymphatic system, unclog my pores, release toxins and increase my circulation which can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Despite the cold and dry winter weather, my skin feels soft and smooth. Do you want to know what it is? It's called dry brushing. I read about it a while ago and thought it was strange. I purchased a brush but never followed through with it. Well, I picked up 2 months and started to use it. I have been dry brushing my skin every morning before I shower and I absolutely love the results.
It's pretty simple. Purchase a natural bristle brush - here's one that I would use. I prefer a brush with a long handle, so that I can reach all areas of my body. Make sure you are naked and standing in the shower or bathtub to catch the falling dry skin. Using the brush, dry brush your skin starting with your feet. Move in a long sweeping motion toward your heart. I brush each area several times, always sweeping towards my heart, and overlap so I do not miss any spots. Brush gently over sensitive spots. I don't dry brush my face. After I dry brush my entire body, I clean my skin with Dr. Bronner's Unscented Castile soap. After you shower, gently dry your skin, leaving some moisture behind and apply a natural oil to your entire body. I of course recommend my Body Oil, made with sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil and a hint of lavender essential oil. I wash my brush once a week with Dr. Bronner's and air dry it fully.
Now, I have to be honest and note that the first time I dry brushed my skin it definitely felt very ticklish and sensitive. With daily usage I desensitized my skin and within no time, I loved the feeling of the dry brush. This simple and inexpensive routine will transform your skin in no time. Trust me!