One morning, I was swiping through my feed on Instagram when I read about this Dry Scrubbing thing. I got curious so I immediately went to Google to read more about it. Fortunately, there were lots of articles offering facts, health benefits, etc about it.
It turns out it has been practiced for years already and it isn’t really a new thing. I quickly went to a nearby shop to get myself some scrubs that I can use.
I bought a Marionnaud cleansing facial brush since I don’t think I’ll be buying a Clarisonic anytime soon. I got my eyes on Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System though.
The brush is soft and perfect for a manual cleansing on the face.
I use it with my Kiehl’s facial wash not more than 10 minutes. My skin feels so soft and supple. I do it once or twice a week because I don’t want to over exfoliate.
The reason why I was so sold with Dry Scrubbing was when I read this part:
“What is the largest organ in the body? What is one of the most important elimination organs in the body, playing a large role in daily detoxification? What organ receives a third of all the blood that is circulated in the body? When the blood is full of toxic materials, what organ will reflect this with problems? What organ is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to shows signs of imbalance or deficiency?
Answer for all: the skin!”
Dry Skin brushing benefits include:
- Increasing the circulation to the skin could possibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells.
- Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs.
- It assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.
- Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
- It helps with muscle tone and gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits.
Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.
The directions are pretty simple:
- Start on dry skin before bathing.
- Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
- Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
- Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.
- After you’ve finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer.
- Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
Tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
- Then follow it up with a slick moisturizer to nourish the skin. I use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter.
What do you need?
A natural bristle brush (not one made from nylon or synthetic materials).
One with a long handle is also a plus, as it means you can reach all areas of the body.