Some of you already know that I’m a die-hard dry-skin brushing proponent. I’ve been doing it for several years now and as I age, my skin is healthier in appearance, partly because of the practice.
So what is this facial dry brushing? Well, as the name suggests, it’s brushing the face with a dry brush. But before I dive into the benefits, here’s a bit of info on the lymphatic system, which dry-face brushing stimulates.
The lymphatic system transports lymph (a clear fluid that carries white blood cells) throughout the body to the heart. Unlike the circulatory system, which has a pump to promote circulation, the lymphatic system requires us to move our bodies in order to circulate the lymph. That means jumping jacks, jump rope or jumping on a trampoline. Stagnation of lymph fluid can cause the lymph nodes to become congested, leading to puffy face and under eyes, dark circles, congested pores, acne and more.
The dry face brush is the perfect tool for exfoliation, improved circulation and stimulating lymphatic flow in the face. It promotes healthy skin and luminous glow from the outside in.
- Reduction of dark circles
- Reduces puffiness
- Gently exfoliates
- Firms and tones
- Radiant, glowing skin
- Prevent clogged pores
- Promotes cellular turnover
- Soothe fine lines and wrinkles
How To Dry Brush
Dry-face brushing is best done when you wake up in the morning. Using gentle strokes
- Begin by brushing from the top middle of the forehead, down the sides of the neck. Do both left and right sides. Give about 3 strokes to each side.
- From temple to temple, brush across the forehead, using upward strokes toward the hairline.
- Brush around the eyes in a clockwise pattern. You can brush in a sideways, 8 pattern.
- Brush downward on the nose, the sides of your mouth and the chin.
- Brush cheeks outward toward the hairline.
- Brush upwards along the jawline.
- Brush from the middle of the chin, under the jawline to temple in an outward motion.
- Brush neck outwards, starting from the middle and brushing both sides.
- Brush from the top middle of the forehead, down the sides of the neck
- Don’t use on wet skin
- Don’t share your brush with anyone else.
- Patch test on your skin before using on your face
- Don’t use if you have extremely dry facial skin. This may dry it out further.
- Do not use on skin that’s inflamed, irritated or have cystic acne/breakout
Caring For Your Brush
- Using a toxicant-free soap, pour some water into the palm of the hand and carefully circulate the brush. Then, gradually add more water and continue to circulate until the brush is clean. Squeeze gently with a towel. Allow to dry with bristles down so water can run out of hair.
- In lieu of washing, you can sprinkle corn starch onto the bristles and shake it.
- You can also spray some tea tree oil.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, certified health coach and entrepreneur. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo, Redbook, Natural Health, Instyle, Working Woman, Huffington Post, Essence Online, Tampa Tribune and more. She is currently the Chief Self-care Connoisseur and founder of I. O. Beauty Market, where she curates products that are free of toxic, harmful ingredients.