So, it’s winter, the season of dry skin and lotion baths. In this climate and in this air, it can seem at times that there isn’t enough lotion in the world to bring back that dewy, glowing summer time skin. Or, is there?
Most of us don’t think of our skin as an organ, but flashback to that grade 10 biology class and you might just recall that the skin is in fact the body’s largest organ, also responsible for releasing toxins. When we begin to think of our skin as an active organ, we begin to change the way we treat it. Think of your relationship with your skin as a tit for tat agreement; you do a little for your skin, it eventually stops making like a garter snake in the midst of a growth spurt.
Instead of asking what our skin can do for us, perhaps it’s time to start asking what we can do for our skin?
It’s called Dry Brushing.
And it’s amazing. We love it for the following reasons:
- It gets rid of dead, gross skin; making you less gross and more soft
- It improves circulation to your body and kick starts your lymphatic system, which is responsible for the expulsion of toxins in your body – we’re not saying this gets rid of cellulite, but cellulite is associated to toxins that have accumulated in your fat cells – you do the math.
- It allows your skin to breathe a little easier – unclogged pores and increased circulation will mean that your skin will be able to do its job even more efficiently. The best!
- Science lessons aside, this is a cheap, quick and convenient way to improve the look and feel of your skin while taking care of your body’s largest organ. It is the double rainbow of bathroom regimes.
Tell me all of the things!
You know that brown brush in the bathing supplies aisle at the drug store that’s usually made of wood, with a long handle, and natural bristles? It’s called a bristle brush – you’ll need one of those. That’s it. No we’re not kidding.
Now that you’ve purchased the necessary tool, it’s time to get naked! See, this is fun already! We recommend standing in the shower to catch the dead skin as it’s basically going to be snowing your DNA. Don’t turn the water on, it’s called dry brushing, you crazy!
I’m naked, holding this giant brush. Can you just tell me what to do already?
Ok, now hold it like a microphone and start singing show tunes. Kidding! Begin brushing your skin, starting at your feet in long strokes in a direction that is always towards your heart. Sweep over each area several times as you gradually move up your body. Try and balance the left side and then the right side. The bristles are a bit coarse, so be careful over your lady parts and avoid using this on your face.
Ok, now turn on the water.
Once you’ve covered your whole body with several strokes, be sure to place the bristle brush outside of the shower before you rinse. Use a poof to help remove the dead skin that is still stuck to your body, and continue on with your shower regime as you would. Pat yourself dry, and seal in all of the goodness with a body lotion.
To finish off your shower routine, we LOVE - and currently use - First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wash and Ultra Repair Cream. This amazing product line is great for all skin types, especially dry, irritated skin; it leave the skin smooth, hydrated and comfortable. And It is a petroleum, paraben, sulfate and pthalates-free product!
You should probably rinse that. . .
Don’t forget to clean your dry brush about once a week with soap and water. Be sure to leave it to dry in a space of your home that is well ventilated, or even better, with direct sunlight to prevent the development of mildew and bacteria.
This is a marathon, not a sprint. . .
Keep on, keeping on and you’ll begin to notice a real change in the appearance of your skin in about a month. Nourished skin, in the middle of winter – can you imagine?!
Ok, but honestly. Why is cellulite even a thing?
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