The Benefits of Dry Brushing

Dry Brushing 101 Plain

One of the questions I hear at the store most often is “do you have a restroom I can use?”  (Behind the curtain on your left).  But the 2nd most popular question I get is “what do you have for cellulite?”  Ah.  If I had the magic answer to that question I’d be worshipped more than someone who solved world hunger. Or someone who could explain the ending of “Lost.”

In my research, I’ve read about supplements, foods, exercises, creams, body wraps, massaging machines (which should more appropriately be named maniacal machines for what they put you through) and more that are supposed to help with the dreaded derriere dimples 80% of us have.  And I’ve tried a lot of them.  I’ve made a lot of my own recipes, some of which worked, most of which didn’t.  But the one thing I have found that works is dry brushing.  Simple, cheap and oh so easy forget to do in the morning.

Our skin is our largest organ for elimination and absorption.  Experts believe you eliminate a pound of waste through your skin every day.  But if it’s clogged and stagnant, your skin can’t do it’s job properly.  Dry brushing can help this process of elimination of toxins by removing dead skin cells, increasing circulation and stimulating the lymph system.

We sell two kinds of body brushes, but in my opinion, the best one is the one pictured below.  It has rubber nubs on the opposite side of the brush.
Cellulite BrushThis side is meant to break up the connective tissue under the skin to make cellulite looks less noticeable.  The other is just the natural bristled brush.
How to Use:
You want to dry brush before getting into the shower.  That way you can wash off the dead skin cells.  This picture show you the direction to brush.  Always brush towards your heart.
Dry Brushing Diagram
Use the bristle side first:
1. Start with your feet, moving in soft circular movements (always moving towards the heart) first on the bottom of the feet, and then on the top.
2. Work up each leg, one at a time, first the back of the leg (using the same soft circular, always towards the heart, movements) up through the buttock and then the front of the leg. Avoid any delicate skin, like the skin on the insides of the thighs.
3. After you are finished with the lower half, start at the fingertips of one arm; move up the arm (palms of hands, back of hands, forearm, biscep) and towards the heart. Repeat on other arm.
4. Move to the back working your movements towards your stomach, starting and finishing with one side of the back and then the other.
5. When you get to your stomach, start at your lower abdomen and work your way up and end at your chest in an upward stroke.
Then use the rubber nub side:
1. Use in circular motions on areas of cellulite. Massage the nubs into skin to the point of the deepest massage you can do without discomfort.
2. Skin may be pink to red after using. This is normal. Rinse off and shower as normal.
Your brush should be cleaned at least once a week to prevent bacteria from building up. Wash the brush using a mild soap and warm water, hanging it to dry when you have washed it.
If you would like to order a brush, just head over to our website.
Happy Brushing!

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