Now let’s discuss how to get started with a Dry Brushing Regimen.
First thing you’ll want to do is purchase a natural, NOT synthetic, bristle brush. Vegetable bristle is best. This is extremely important. In order to achieve all the benefits mentioned in Part 2, it’s crucial to use the proper brush. Plant bristles are firm enough to stimulate & exfoliate without scratching skin. They are designed to gather dead skin while sweeping the body. Quality plant bristles are sharp but the ends are slightly frayed to avoid harm. You’ll want to use it dry because the bristles soften when wet and clump together meaning you won’t receive the same stimulating benefits. Avoid mildew by keeping it away from wet, damp areas. The best types of plant bristle brushes: Tampico, Coco or Sisal.
I have two brushes as shown above, one short & one long for hard to reach areas. A convenient option would be to buy a long brush with a removable head with a handheld strap, two brush options in one!
Dry brushing should be done once a day, on dry skin, preferably first thing in the morning before you shower/bathe. If feeling under the weather, dry brushing twice a day can help to speed up the recovery.
Start by brushing skin in long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in a circular motion. Always brush toward the heart. Try and brush several times in each area, overlapping as you go.
You’ll want to avoid sensitive skin and anywhere the skin is broken such as cuts, open wounds, rashes, inflamed areas.
After brushing skin, some recommend alternating water temperatures from hot to cold in the shower/bath. The purpose is to further invigorate the skin & stimulate blood circulation, increasing flow to the outer layers of the skin. I do this during the summer months but can’t tolerate it in the winter. At the end of my shower, I’d blast cold water for 10 minutes with a timer set, definitely invigorating if you can stand it.
Once you’re done with your shower/bath, I suggest moisturizing with a natural oil such as almond, jojoba, sesame, coconut, apricot, avocado, EVOO or my fave Grapeseed!
Be sure to clean your brush using soap and water once a week. Dry in a clean, dry, even a sunny area to prevent mildew.
To feel the positive effects and reap the benefits of dry brushing, try it daily for at least three months. Only takes a minute & it’s easy to add to your routine.