If you are new to dry skin brushing, you may not be sure what to do to make it work for your skin or in your routine. In fact, you may become discouraged if you aren’t sure what types of brushes to use or how to use them properly. Before you become too discouraged, there are a few tips and tricks you can consider and apply to your dry skin brushing routine. Here are just a few to get you started and possibly answer some of your questions.
Types of Brushes to Use
The key point to keep in mind is that you need to stay away from synthetic brushes. The ideal dry skin brush is made of natural bristles that are soft. When you think of the softness and quality of the brush, think of something like a makeup brush and how it feels if it is too coarse. It can hurt and it can feel like it is actually cutting into your skin. A high quality brush made of natural bristles will not have this same effect and is gentle enough to use daily if you need to. There are brushes specifically for dry skin brushing, but if you are on a budget or have no health food store near you that sells the brushes, consider a natural brush suitable for sensitive scalps or children and toddlers. This would be soft enough to get you started.
Location of your Dry Skin Brushing
When you start your dry skin brushing, make sure you are doing it in the shower or bath. You don’t want to do it in the bathroom, bedroom, or other part of the home. You also don’t want to do it just before sun tanning in a tanning bed or right after a workout. Ideally your skin should be dry and have no lotions or sweat. You want the dry skin to go down the drain and not be on your clothing, your household items, or anywhere in the room. This is for sanitary reasons, but also to help you get in the routine of bathing following your dry skin brushing so you can remove any skin that may be left and cleanse your pores.
Creating a Dry Skin Brushing Routine
You need to create a dry skin brushing routine that not only works in your schedule, but also helps to ensure you will stick to it. Ideally, you will be doing a dry skin brushing session at least twice to three times a week. You can reduce or increase the frequency depending on what you feel your skin needs. If your skin feels to raw then reduce the amount of times you are doing this per week. If your skin is still heavily dry, then increase the amount of times you do it per week.
Remember, the cost of the brush is not as important as the quality. You can find a variety of dry skin brushes in local health stores or online for a small fee that work very well. Don’t let pricing and manufacturer sales talk discourage you. Stick to the tips and tricks here and you will be well on your way to comfortable and beneficial dry skin brushing.