Beauty Tip: Dry Brushing
I'm obsessed with trying out each and every little beauty tip/trick that I hear about! I've been this way for as long as I can remember. For example, when I was really little I read in some magazine that Jennifer Aniston's most secret beauty trick was putting vaseline on her eyes/eyelashes/eyebrows every single night before she went to sleep. So what have I done religiously since elementary school? Rubbed vaseline on my eyes every. single. night. before bed (well maybe not every night.. sometimes the red wine gets the best of me and I sleep with smeared eyeliner and clumpy mascara in place of the magical vaseline). But you get the point.
However, this particular beauty tip of dry brushing took me a little longer to get on board with. After I first heard about it last year I went straight out to buy myself one. I was thinking I would never shower without dry brushing my body first again- only to buy it and then leave it hanging in the shower untouched for the last 4 months (okay. 7 months. Hence the dent in the bristles in the photo above. It has been smashed behind the rack that holds my soaps in the shower. whoops!)
Finally, at the beginning of this year-while I was working on getting my life all in order again, as one does at the start of a new year- I decided to take out the dry brush and use it before showering one day and ooooh. my. gosh!!! Besides the fact that the first few times it hurts a tad,(beauty is pain right?) I felt like I had scrubbed off literal pounds of dead skin (TMI?). After I got out of the shower my skin was SO soft and glowy and I wondered why it took me soo long to finally try this out.
Dry brushing is the act of literally just brushing your body with this firm brush in upward motions towards your heart.
I turned to Google to find out why dry brushing is good for you, what it does, and some more tips on how to do it the right way! Here is what I found:
- Exfoliation. You will notice this one after the first time! Your skin will feel SO soft and will be brighter and glowing. Who doesn't want/love that!?
- Lymphatic Support. Also had to google what the f*** that means. Google says the lymphatic system is an important part of the immunity system. So dry brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.
- Clean Pores. If you know me you know that I am weird and cannot get in bed if I even feel slightly dirty. So if you are weird as well and enjoy feeling SQUEAKY clean, dry brushing will get all of the oil and dirt build up from the day out of your pores.
- Energy. Okay I sort of made this one up. But I swear that when I dry brush in the morning I have a lot more energy throughout the day. Some people say this is because it increases your circulation.
How to do it:
- Starting with your feet brush up your legs with long smooth strokes (I brush over the same area of skin 8-10 times)
- Repeat this same process with your arms, starting at your hands and brushing towards your heart
- Brush in circular motion on stomach/armpits
- Shower & step out feeling brand new!!!
Where to buy:
I also have seen them at Tj Maxx for a really good price (around $4)!