Tips on How to Brush Your Skin
Dry brushing is great for exfoliation, which is one of the most important parts of a beauty regime. This can revitalize tired skin, resulting in better circulation and complexion. The skin should be clean and dry before brushing.
Using a Natural Bristle Body Brush:
- Dry brushing your body helps lymphatic drainage, can help remove toxins and improve metabolism, thereby reducing cellulite. Regular use improves skin tone as it helps clear blocked pores, removes dry and dead skin, and stimulates new cell growth.
- Begin brushing by starting at your feet. Brush in long sweeping motions moving up your legs. Brush several times in each area, overlapping as you go. Avoid sensitive areas such as the genitals.
- Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm. Then move on to your abdomen and then back.
- Always brush towards the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains.
Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke is ideal. The skin may be slightly pink after brushing, but it should never be red or sting.
- After dry brushing, wash off dead skin cells removed from brushing with a shower or bath.
Using a Natural Bristle Face Brush:
- Ensure your skin is clean and dry. There should be no makeup on your skin when dry brushing your face.
- Use less pressure when dry brushing your face than on your body. Always be gentle on your skin.
- Use an upside down “U” motion with a gentle upwards stroke to help lift up facial muscles, and a lighter, more gentle down stroke to finish.
- Working from the left side of your face to right, work upwards from your neck, chin, lips, cheeks, nose, around eyes to forehead.
- For the décolletage, start on the left holding the brush just above breast line. Brush from the shoulder area inwards and repeat for the right side.
- After brushing, clean your face again to remove any dead skin cells created by brushing and then apply your favorite moisturizer.
Caring for your Natural Bristle Face & Body Brushes
Regular cleaning will help prolong the life and enjoyment of your natural bristle brushes. After every use, rinse the brushes in warm water using a little soap or shampoo.
For more thorough cleaning (given pimples, oily or flaky skin), fill a bowl with warm water adding a little soap or shampoo. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil for its natural antibacterial properties. Place the brush in the water (brush side facing down). Leave for about 10 minutes, then swirl it around in the water. To ensure that all loosened dirt is removed, rinse the brush under warm running water from a faucet or rinse in another bowl of clean warm water.
Place your brush face down on a towel and let it dry naturally. Natural boar bristles tend to soak up water so this brush may take longer to dry than a synthetic bristle brush.
Store in a dry place and never leave in a damp area where, as with any product left in a moist environment, mildew may develop.
Warning! Never apply excessive pressure and stop immediately if you experience any discomfort or reactions. Avoid sensitive areas such as breast and genitals, or inflamed skin such as sun burn, sores or open wounds. If you are suffering from any medical conditions or are pregnant, please seek your physician’s advice first before skin brushing.