A cheap 5 minute remedy for your skin
The sun’s come out and it’s the time of year when we all start baring our bodies for the summer. So we’re sure you’ll want to know about a cheap, five-minute remedy that could transform the condition of your skin…
Yes, we are talking about a beauty treatment that is inexpensive and does not involve bucketloads of expensive potions and lotions! And with a host of other health benefits to boot –you need to start dry skin brushing today.
So what’s the point?
Well, your skin is the largest organ of your body and it’s estimated that one-third of your body’s daily impurities are excreted through it, so it’s worth looking after.
What will it do?
Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It’s known for stimulating the lymphatic system (the body’s drainage system) and it can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs.
How do I start?
Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.
Now novices may balk at the idea of rubbing their delicate skin with a hard bush and the first few times can seem a bit like torture. Take it easy and work up the brushing as you get used to it, it does feel very invigorating after a few goes.
What kind of brush do I need?
Make sure to get a brush made with natural, not synthetic, bristles and pick one that is fairly stiff but still has some give. The best time to dry brush is first thing in the morning, before you shower, but you can also do it before bed.
How often should I brush?
You’ll get the most benefit from doing dry brushing three times a week; however, if your skin feels raw or delicate after your first few times, drop down to twice a week and try using less pressure.
Obviously do not brush your skin if you have an open wound, a rash or sunburn.