Do you dry brush your face? If not, read on to see why you should add the practice to your skincare routine. Dry brushing the neck and face is one of the most natural ways to depuff, reduce eye circles, increase lymphatic drainage, and boost circulation. It helps to promote better skin function and firmer, healthier-looking skin.
Like facial massage, it’s essential to open up the neck first to encourage healthy lymph flow and a pathway for the toxins to flush. As you’re detoxing this area, you will want to gently sweep the top layers of dead skin, releasing the dead cells and toxins. When the old cells are sloughed off or exfoliated, new cells generate, and the process naturally maximizes oxygen intake and better absorption of products.
It’s important to use a facial dry brush with soft, natural bristles. Always use delicate strokes on your face and never stretch, pull, or use too much force. The skin on your face is thinner and more delicate than your body, so ensure your strokes are gentle and light. Typically you will do about five strokes per area, and it gets easier and faster with practice. The whole process typically takes less than 10 minutes. Remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
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You will start at the décolleté and neck and work your way up to your forehead.
1) Décolleté – Brush toward your lymph area from the shoulders and breast area inward.
2) Neck – Brush upward on the middle and sides (toward the chin and ears). Brush lightly under your entire chin from the middle toward each ear (lots of toxins get stuck in this area) and pan down each side of the neck again.
3) Brush from the middle front part of the cheek up toward each ear and down the neck (to promote passage for lymph drainage).
4) Cheeks – Make circular motions up and outward.
5) Upper lip – Start in the center and lightly brush outward.
6) Nose – Make small circular motions on your nose tip. Move lightly up your nose to the middle of the brow area. Then light strokes from each side of the nose out toward the cheeks.
7) Around the eyes – Lightly stroke upward and around your brows, encircling the eyes lightly in a circular motion.
8) Finally, end at the forehead. Start in the middle and move right on your right side and leftward on your left side.
Brush on a clean dry face, typically after cleansing in the morning—no makeup should be on your skin. If desired, you can dry brush before cleansing, but then ensure you cleanse after you have completed your brushing. Dry brushing can be done one or two times per week for dry, normal, or aging skin, three or four times for oilier skin. Most skin types will benefit from some gentle dry brushing, even if it’s just once a week, to stimulate lymphatic drainage. If you have dehydrated skin, brushing might dry it out even more by over-exfoliating the skin’s protective barrier. You should NOT dry brush on open sores, cuts, or open blemishes.
How to clean and care for your brush:
You can cleanse your facial brush in warm water, soap, and tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil with disinfectant properties. It will help get rid of any bacteria on the bristles of the brush. Add a few drops of soap and tea tree oil into a bowl of warm water and swish the bristles around. This movement frees dead cells and dirt in the bristles. Rinse and air dry.
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