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What's the skinny on skin brushing?

Skin brushing, also known as dry brushing, is a technique that involves using a firm brush to gently exfoliate the skin. This can be done on the face and body, and is typically done before showering or bathing.

Why do it?

The benefits of skin brushing include increased circulation, exfoliation of dead skin cells, and the stimulation of the lymphatic system. This can result in smoother, softer, and more youthful-looking skin. Additionally, some people believe that skin brushing can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite by breaking up fatty deposits and promoting the elimination of toxins.

How to do it

A gentle skin brushing routine of 5-10 minutes is sufficient once a day, or every other day, depending on your skin type and sensitivity. It may feel quite strange when you first start so aim to build it up over time.

Here is a step-by-step guide for a proper skin brushing routine:

  1. Choose a natural-bristle brush with a long handle for easy reach.

  2. Start at the feet and work upward, using long, upward strokes towards the heart. This helps to promote lymphatic drainage.

  3. Use gentle pressure and avoid any areas of broken or irritated skin.

  4. Brush the legs, arms, stomach, and back in the same upward strokes.

  5. Finish by brushing the face using circular motions. You are best to have a smaller brush specially for your face which is less harsh on your skin.

  6. Take a shower or bath to rinse off any dead skin cells that have been exfoliated during the skin brushing process.

  7. Clean the brush afterwards to prevent the buildup of bacteria. Cleaning can be done by running the brush under warm water and using a mild soap or brush cleaner.

A quick word of caution

It is important to note that skin brushing should not be done too aggressively or for too long, as it can cause irritation or redness.

Skin brushing is not recommended for everyone, particularly those with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema. It is always best to consult with a dermatologist before starting any new skincare routine.

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