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One of my favorite self-care hacks is dry-brushing and I think we all need it, *daily.*
My mom bought my my first dry brush when I was around ten, because I had really bad eczema breakouts as a kid. It was something I did every day to encourage blood-flow around my breakouts and it helped me heal better than any topical cream my doc prescribed.
The history of body brushing dates back thousands of years. The practice included using brushes and using other various substances to exfoliate the skin. The Ancient Egyptians used milk and wine. Cleopatra was known for her milk and honey baths. In ancient China they used loofah gourds. Ancient Greeks and Romans used a blade to remove the dirt from their skin before they bathed.
The common theme, was exfoliation. Beyoncé exfoliates daily, so that really should be enough motivation right there.
Dry brushing can stimulate the lymphatic system and increase circulation. What does that mean? It means potentially reducing cellulite, encouraging the release of toxins, and shedding dry skin (making room for glowy, fresh skin). It means possibly unclogging your pores and reducing your stress.
Starting from your ankles, make sweeping motions, moving up your body. Make at least three long sweeps in the same area, then move on. Sweep in and around your calves, up your knees, thighs, and continue until you are above the heart. Make counter-clockwise circular motions on your stomach. Once you are above your heart, sweep downwards in the same fashion.
Finish by lathering in a body oil of your choice and then rinse off in a warm shower.
Have you tried dry brushing? What is your experience with it? Tell us in the comments!
These are a few of my favorite brushes and oils!
Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.