Dry skin brushing
while sponges may be the most sensuous skincare treatment, dry-brushing is the most effective. Dry-brushing is actually an ancient beauty ritual tha has fallen out of favor in our fast-paced modern times. But it takes only a couple of minutes to dry-brush your entire body, and the benefits are more than worth it.
Dry-brush your skin with a natural-fiber brush before a bath or shower once or twice a week, and your skin will be so naturally soft and healthy, you won't need a moisturizer. "Dry-brushing eliminates the need for remoisturizing because it stimulates the circulatory system and keeps bringing fresh nourishment to the skin through the blood," says Deborah Evans of the PGA National Resort and Spa. "Exfoliating also allows the body's oils to surface and moisturize the skin naturally."
How to do dry skin brushing
1) Use a good, natural-fiber bath brush (available at drugstores, bath an body shops, and health food stores) that's about the size of your hand with a handle long enough to allow you to reach down your back.
2) With your skin dry - not wet - begin with the toes of your left foot and brush toward the heel.
3) Work up your leg, with 6 to 12 long, quick strokes.
4) Brush your knee in a circular movement, and then move up your thigh, using circular motions on your hips and glutes. Repeat on the right leg.
5) Then brush each arm, moving up toward your heart. (You always want to stimulate the flow of blood toward the heart.)
6) Keep the pressure light but firm, as you do when shaving, and brush until your skin lightly tingles.
7) Don't forget your back, especially if you are prone to blackheads or clogged pores. If you are lucky, your mate or a good friend might scrub your back for you while you're in the tub - it's nurturing, and it feels really good.
8) The skin on your breasts and neck is more sensitive, so be very gentle on those areas or skip them entirely.
Skin brush: If you prefer, you can exfoliate with a loofah (or sisal) instead of a dry brush. (sisal is rougher, but effective if you are prone to ingrown hairs.) Loofahs work especially well on elbows, knees, and heels to remove rough, scaly dead skin cells - they are usually too harsh for other parts of the body, but not if you've got tough skin. Unlike the dry brush, the loofah should be wet. Stand in the tub (or move out from under the nozzle if you are in the shower). Apply a soap or shower gel (if you prefer it) to the wet loofah, and rub the loofah over your body in gentle circular motions. After you exfoliate, make sure to rinse, rinse to wash all those bits of dry skin away. First wash with a warm shower, then rinse with cool water.
Skin brushing no-no's: Don't dry-brush at night, because it stimulates the circulatory system, and you will get y0urself all revved up. And never dry-brush your face because facial skin is too tender for this treatment.