You have a big event coming up or you just want to look your best. What better way to look your best then to have a beautiful sun-kissed tan? One of the best ways to get that glow and maintain it is to start with a proper foundation. Dry brushing is a great way to help you start a great foundation.
Dry brushing the skin has been around for a while, but it has had a resurgence lately. Body brushes can be found just about anywhere and the prices range from $10 and up. It is the simply creating blood flow and circulation in the skin and removing the dead skins. By removing the dead skin cells your skin will tan more evenly and last longer.
Aside from the benefits of a longer lasting tan, dry brushing has many other benefits:
- By increasing circulation, dry brushing helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is toxic material that has accumulated in your body’s fat cells leaving skin dimpled. Dry brushing is a great way to detoxify the body and leave skin looking firmer and smoother.
- Many people claim that dry brushing helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body to help you detoxify.
- Dry brushing helps reduce ingrown hairs.
- It rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
When purchasing a dry brush, choose one with natural bristles…no nylon or synthetic materials. The brush should be firm and have a long handle allowing you to get to hard to reach places. It is recommended to replace the brush every six months if used regularly.
To use the dry brush, just follow these easy steps:
- Dry brush before getting the skin wet in the bath or shower.
- Begin in gentle circular, upward motions and end with longer strokes.
- Experts agree that starting at the ankles working in upward movements towards the heart is the best place to begin. Brushing towards the heart aids in lymph flow.
- Finish with a shower or bath to wash away dead skin cells.
Don’t brush too hard, especially in the beginning when your skin is more sensitive. If you experience any discomfort, itchiness, redness or pain you should avoid those areas or stop altogether.
We recommend trying dry brushing a few weeks before tanning to make sure your skin is not irritated. If your skin tolerates the dry brushing, then do it a day or two before tanning to ensure your best tan.