How to Dry Brush Your Skin
Dry skin brushing has been practiced for thousands of years. The Japanese brushed their skin before their traditional hot bath. Ancient Greek athletes used spoon-like scrapers called strigiles to remove grime and stimulate circulation. The Cherokee Indians used dried corn cobs to brush their skin to enhance beauty and durability. The Comanche Indians used sand from the Texas river bottoms to scrub their skin. Dry skin brushing exfoliates and stimulates new skin growth. It cleanses the lymphatic system, removes dead skin and cellulite, tightens skin, tones muscles and stimulates circulation. It's easy once you get the hang of it, and it only takes 15 minutes to your entire body.
Dry brush your skin first in the morning, before you shower. Start from the feet or head, whichever you prefer. Your skin should be completely dry. If starting from the feet, brush the feet in a circular motion. Brush your legs using upward strokes and your arms using upward strokes from the hands. Brush your torso in an upward motion and your stomach in a circular motion. Lightly brush your breasts in a circular motion. Brush your back from the base of your neck down the tailbone as far as you can reach. Use more vigorous strokes on areas where your skin is thick--like your soles, and light strokes on areas where your skin is thin. Don't brush irritated or broken skin.
Dry brush once a day, first thing in the morning. You can brush areas with cellulite twice a day for about five to 10 minutes to minimize the appearance of cellulite. Do this consistently for five months for best results.
Take a three-minute hot shower after you are finished dry brushing, followed with a 10- to 20-second cold rinse. Repeat this hot-and-cold shower three times. You may substitute a warm shower if you can take the hot-and-cold showers. This invigorates and stimulates blood circulation to the skin. Rub the skin down with a loofah sponge to remove dead skin. Dry off and massage the skin with olive, almond or coconut oil to moisturize and soften.
Wash your brush with soap and water once a week. Leave it a sunny open area to dry to avoid mildew. Make sure it is dry before brushing the skin.
Brush your skin for at least three months to thoroughly cleanse the lymphatic system and achieve the best results. Any new regimen requires time to show results, so be patient and remain consistent with your brushing schedule.
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