At first, the idea of dry brushing sounded “painful” to me. Like most people, I was used to brushing and exfoliating wet, properly prepped-up skin in the shower, usually with the aid of bath soaps, creams or oils that make body brushing a smooth, luxurious experience. But dry brushing? I imagined it like having a rabid blindfolded cat being thrown at butt-naked me. Hard bristles on my skin? No way! But after giving dry brushing a shot, I realized my fears were unfounded–as long as it’s done properly, of course!
Again, What is Dry Brushing?
I explained on part 1 of my post Benefits of Dry Brushing that dry brushing is simply brushing dry skin with a dry brush. But I also mentioned that dry brushing isn’t as simple is that. Don’t worry, it IS simple. Just not reckless.
How To Choose the Right Brush
The first thing you need to do is to find a perfect brush that suits your skin. For the full experience, brushes with natural bristles are preferred. Try to test the new brush on the back of your hand using a firm yet delicate pressure (you have to find the right balance — this is something you’ll learn on your own). If you end up getting white scratch marks on your skin, it’s either you pressed too hard or the bristles are too tough for you. I’m currently using Body Shop’s long handle Body Brush. The bristles are a bit tough but with the right pressure, the brush works just fine.
Now, Let’s Get Brushing!
Aside from being simple, the whole body brushing routine is quite fast, too. In less than 2 minutes, I could cover my entire body and hop straight into the shower. The basic rule is to brush towards the direction of you heart.
- Never brush away from the heart as it will defeat the whole purpose of dry brushing.
- Avoid brushing over delicate and damaged skin. Control the pressure whenever brushing softer areas like the inside of the arms.
- I don’t really recommend dry brushing the face although some people do it. There are lots of other gentler ways to exfoliate the skin on the face and get the blood flowing without the risk of possibly erasing your face– ha!
- Be gentle yet firm. Find the right pressure that gives you that “itchy” feeling yet doesn’t scratch your skin too much.
- Always moisturize to help repair the skin. It’s best to do dry brushing before a shower so you can moisturize after bathing.
- If you want to see faster results, pair your dry brushing routine with a good oil meant to treat your problem. If you’re dry brushing to get rid of cellulite, for example, apply a firming body oil after dry brushing. Again, you can also do this after bathing if you dry brush before a shower.
- Never think that dry brushing alone is enough. It’s just a way to boost whatever you are already doing whether it be an exercise routine or new skincare regime. It’s not going to perform miracles going solo.
- Clean and dry your brush properly at least every week if you use it everyday.