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Confession: I haven’t been the most loyal to the organism that covers 100% of my body. Although I’ve paid attention to facial skin care, sometimes the rest of my body gets the door shut on its’ face (so to speak). The winter hasn’t been the kindest, and my legs and arms are now dull with some of those unsightly bumps. Overall, not entirely ready to see the light of spring. What’s a girl to do?
Dry brushing is a self-care technique that is easy to incorporate into your daily routine and pays off in a big way. Before you step into the shower, gently brush your appendages, and trunk from bottom to top in a large circular stroke. I work on legs, arms, and then my stomach and back, all in the direction of that heart as that engages the lymphatic system. Ladies, avoid the skin directly on your breasts, or any other compromised areas as they can be super sensation. You can spend a little extra time on your elbows, knees, and any cellulite or stretch marks.
Besides undeniably softer and smoother skin, dry brushing can also increase circulation (perfect for those 8 AM Monday conference calls!), engage your lymphatic system thus promoting the removal of toxins in your body, unclogs pores, and softens fatty deposits that can smooth out cellulite.
The practice of dry brushing feels indulgent and energizing, especially as your start your day. I have been using this brush, and try to brush for a least 3-5 minutes a day.
I would strongly encourage you all to try out this technique- believe me, your skin will thank you.