Treat Your Skin by Dry Brushing!
Hi! I’m Kamryn, the branding and media manager at Aiga. Not only do I love staying healthy and active, but I also have a passion for skincare and beauty. At Aiga we’re on a mission to provide well-rounded information to make our athletes the best that they can be in all aspects of life. I’m going to talk about topics on our blog that athletes/people leading a healthy life often overlook, don’t understand, or maybe don’t even know about!
Taking care of your skin is extremely important as it is the largest organ in your body! Your skin does amazing things, it’s your body's coat. It protects you. It helps you stay warm when it's cold, and cool when it's hot. Your skin keeps all your insides in, like your heart and lungs to your blood and muscles. And unless it's cut or damaged, it keeps stuff out, including germs and water. You also feel things through the nerves in your skin. So it’s your duty to treat it right!
Today, I’m introducing dry brushing. I discovered dry brushing about four years ago. Once I started, I couldn’t stop! The difference that I’ve noticed in my skin is truly astounding. It’s easy to incorporate into your everyday routine and doesn’t require much effort! You take a firm bristled brush and sweep it across your body, starting from your feet and bring it all the way up to your chest. It’s “dry” because you’re not doing it in the shower, you’re doing it dry before your shower or before you moisturize. Spas around the world have been practicing dry brushing, but it’s something that you can do right from your own home!
It’s exfoliating. You’re rubbing off all those dead, flaky skin cells!
It increases circulation. By brushing your skin, you’re stimulating circulation, leaving your skin more energized looking.
*This isn’t actually scientifically proven, BUT, some say that it can stimulate your lymphatic system.
Overall, the results speak for themselves. You will have incredibly soft skin, using this quick and simple method! After a day of being sweaty at the gym, or after practice, you need to treat your skin just as nice as you treat your muscles.
You want to make quick, long strokes, starting at your feet, working your way up, making sure that you’re always brushing toward your heart. When you reach your upper body, you can brush in a clockwise circle on your stomach. At your arms you want to brush up, and when you get to your chest, you should brush in, from your shoulders to your heart. You can use some kind of oil, like this one to help stimulate your skin in different ways.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy! You can opt to get ones with handles or without. I prefer one without a handle. I've linked some options below. You can find a brush anywhere really, Sephora, Ulta, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target- you get the picture! I’ve tried out different brushes along the way, and so far, my favorite has been this $5 Eco Tool brush from Ulta!
This shouldn’t be a long process!! Maybe five minutes, max.
Don’t go over the same spot over and over again. When you brush it a couple times, that’s getting the job done enough! You don’t want to irritate your skin.
There’s no set time of sessions you should be doing. I personally try to do it every time I shower. If you only want to do it once or twice a week, that’s fine too.