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How to dry brush and why

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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.

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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!

 

Dry Brush (Body) – “Taking time out to indulge in a spot of dry brushing before stepping into the shower or bath is the ultimate act of self-care. Dry brushing increases circulation to the skin, reduces the appearance of cellulite and brings a healthy glow to the surface. It also assists in lymphatic drainage, which releases toxins held by the body. By invigorating the nervous system through the activation of nerve endings it creates an electric sensation on the skin’s surface. When done consistently over a period of time, the skin becomes smoother, more radiant and softer to the touch. Meet your skin’s new best friend.” – CAP BEAUTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buff Natural Body Brush – “A centuries-old body treatment updated in style like only the Danes know how. Crafted with sustainably sourced beech wood and natural bristles, this body brush stimulates the nervous system, blood circulation and lymphatic drainage with each stroke along the skin. Start at the feet and move towards the heart. Daily dry brushing can improve skin tone, increase energy and aid in detoxification for skin that radiates health. Perfectly gentle for sensitive beauties this brush can’t be beat..” – CAP BEAUTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Glow Facial Dry Brush – “The practice of dry brushing activates your lymphatic system to awaken the face and support overall skin health from within. The benefits of daily facial dry brushing are endless.” – PROVINCE APOTHECARY

 

Butter Elixir – “The namesake product from the cult-fashion-yogi line Butter Elixir is a thick, sweet and luscious blend that delivers radiant skin and a blissed-out aura. Butter Elixir melts into the skin and offers a host of anti-aging, hydrating and mood-enhancing benefits. With its base of Argan and Sweet Almond oils, it’s a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids and contains a riot of vitamins and proteins. These powerful antioxidants work together to protect, rejuvenate and rebuild cell walls to support the immune system and get you glowing. French Lavender and Chamomile oils, champions of aromatherapy, ease tensions, dispel bad moods and deliver your being to a place of security and focus. Namaste, Butter Elixir! 90ml/8oz” – CAP BEAUTY

Eczema Honey – “If you have nut allergies and suffer from eczema, time to turn that frown upside down! Eczema Honey now offers a nut-free version of their remarkable healing cream. Our Nut-Free Honey Healing Cream is made in new, first-time-use equipment in a commercial-grade facility that does not cross with any other products. And like the Eczema Honey Original Healing Cream, our Nut-Free Healing Cream provides immediate relief and long-term results so you can reclaim control of eczema and your life.” – ECZEMA HONEY COMPANY

Nut Free Body Oil – “Nut Free Lite is a rich moisturizer that allows for all different types of body work without using nut oils. If you suffer nut sensitivities and desire a high quality blend that will allow you to use oil, this is the one for you.” – SOOTHING TOUCH

 

 

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