Dry Brushing is a Thing, And You Should be Doing It

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 07/20/2015 | 10:37 AM EDT

Adding this to your beauty routine can elevate your look game

I know you may read this and think, “Great, another beauty routine to add to my already hectic mornings.” The last thing women want are additional steps to feeling their best for the start of their day.

 

And, while I get that, I wanted to at least share with you one of the new additions to my beauty routine, and why I love it.

 

It’s dry brushing and it’s worth the extra five minutes it adds to your morning routine.

 

The first question you probably have is “what is dry brushing?” Dry brushing is the act of brushing the skin, usually in a particular pattern, before showering.

 

The benefits of dry brushing are numerous. From helping with the appearance of cellulite, to unclogging pores on your body’s largest organ (the skin!), to exfoliation, dry brushing has the benefits of getting a body facial right in your home. A few other benefits include increasing your energy and blood flow and supporting your Lymphatic system.

 

The best way to do this is to dry brush right before you get in the shower. Purchase a brush that has a long enough handle and firm bristles like this one here. Starting from your ankles, in long strokes, brush from your ankles up your legs about 10 ten times. Do the same on your other leg and then move up towards your stomach. Always brush towards your heart. Then move to your arms, starting at your hands and brushing upwards towards your shoulders. Do your back, buttocks and back of your legs as well. Be sure to avoid any sensitive area with abrasions, open cuts, or eczema. It may feel a little hard at first, but you’ll soon start to notice a difference in your body’s glow if you do this at least 3-4 times a week.

 

Many experts also suggest drinking warm water with lemon after you dry brush to help jumpstart your digestive system since you’re revving up your body’s circulation and aiding in exfoliation.

 

I’ve been dry brushing for a while now and I love the results. I haven’t seen any changes in my cellulite, but my body is glowing in a way it hasn’t before, and my skin definitely softer.

 

Ladies, have you tried dry brushing before? Would you? Leave a comment below! 

(Photo:Gregor Schuster/GettyImages)

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