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When was the last time you rubbed a dry brush against your dry skin? If you haven’t done so recently, then you are missing out!

Dry brushing (the name of this painful sounding technique) is just that–dry brushing your dry skin in order to induce a plethora of amazing benefits.

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Well, what are these so called “amazing” benefits, you ask?:

  • Improves circulation
  • Removes layers of dead skin
  • Tones muscles
  • Strenghtens immune system
  • Cleanses lymphatic system
  • Stimulates cell production
  • Reduces appearance of cellulite
  • Relieves stress

So, now that you’re eager to get started, here’s how:

  •  Starting at your feet, work the brush upwards in a circular motion, using gentle pressure. The key here is to slowly work your way toward your heart–hence starting at your feet! Continue this gentle motion until each body part is done (feet, calves, thighs, buttocks, hands, arms, back, abdomen, chest)  Avoid areas that may be more sensitive than others.
  • Once you’re done, it’s shower time (or not). Enjoy a warm shower (not too hot since hot water dries out our skin). After showering, apply your favorite non-toxic body cream or oil. My favorite is coconut oil–it smells lovely and is super moisturizing. 

Handy Dandy Tips:

  • It is recommended that you dry brush before showering. This prevents any potential moisture from interrupting the process. Not to mention you may want to shower after this process in order to rinse away any of the dead skin cells. (if you decide to skip the shower all together, no judgment here, my friend!)
  • Avoid dry brushing if you are suffering from any wounds, acne, ezcema, or any other skin condition that may be further irritated by dry brushing.
  • If the process ever feels painful or uncomfortable, STOP! Your brush bristles may be too rough or your skin may be very sensitive. Feel free to work your way up to completing your whole body. No rush!
  • Did I mention that natural bristle brushes tend to be more effective and less irritating than the hard, synthetic brushes you may find in your local pharmacy.  
  • Dry brush as many times as you’d like, but at least 1x per week. If your skin is sensitive, feel free to do even less than this amount. 

What benefits have you noticed from dry brushing? We want to hear all about it! Comment below!

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

-Zeena

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