About Dry Brushing
The Benefits of Dry Face Brushing
The skin on your face is of a more fragile and intricate nature than the rest of your body. On the other hand, the same typical advantages relate here to brushing the face as to the body. Dry face brushing should not be done more than twice weekly if you have aged, dry or sensitive skin; and it should not be done more than four times a week for those with oily skin.
Research shows that the removal of dead skin cells, as well as detoxification, promotes good health and function of your skin. There is a reduction in skin imperfections and your congested pores are now able to purge themselves. The skin is the largest organ of the body and it eliminates one-third of the body's wastes.
The skin will have an improved blood circulation and it will be better able to respond to stimuli. The skin cells will then be better to assimilate essential vitamins and minerals so that your skin will be youthful looking, healthy and radiant.
There are researchers who believe that facial skin brushing promotes skin tone.
It is believed that there is a considerable reduction in fluids that accumulate in lymph nodes (this means that there is a decrease in puffiness, like under your eyes), and there is a steady flow of mucus in the sinuses.
There are individuals who use the dry face brushing technique and swear that it reduces the appearance of cellulite.
How to Dry Face Brush
- You should have cleansed and gently patted your face dry. There must be no impurities on your skin while dry brushing, and that includes make-up. You may dry brush in the morning and cleanse your face immediately afterward.
- It is recommended that you use only face brushes with natural bristles as brushes that consist of synthetic fibers may cause blemishes on your face.
- You should tie your hair in a ponytail or use a headband if necessary. If you use glasses, remove them until you have completed the procedure.
- Starting at your neckline, brush upward with very light strokes, and slowly make your way to your forehead. Each area of the surface should be brushed about four to five times.
- When you have completed the process, rinse your face with water and apply moisturizer or serum, (yes, you may apply both starting with the serum). Some dermatologists recommend oils, such as rosehip.
The Process of Dry Face Brushing
Neckline Area: Begin by lightly brushing from your breasts and shoulders inward.
Neck: Now that you have finished with the area at the neckline, it is now time to proceed to your neck by brushing upward to the chin from the middle of your neck and to your ears from the sides.
Chin: Your brush strokes should be gentle and brusque to stimulate the chin in order to aid it in becoming supple once more. They should follow an imaginary upside-down vee.
Cheeks: Your brush strokes should be spiraling, moving upward and outward simultaneously; you may then return to the beginning.
Upper Lip: You should begin brushing at the little indent at the center and move on to one side and then from the center again, brush to the other side.
Nose: Starting from the tip of your nose, brush it in a spiral motion while ascending to the area between your brows.
Eye Area: Stroke your brush in an upward motion and then around each eyebrow. You should very gently pass the brush around each eye in a spiral.
Forehead: Lightly stroke the brush from the center and move to one side and then to the other.
The entire session should be between eight and ten minutes. You may find it a bit tedious in the beginning; but eventually, you will improve in both the art of skin brushing and your speed.
A Word of Caution When Dry Face Brushing
While there are many benefits of dry brushing your face, you need to be aware that you should not overdo it. Here is a list that you should not do.
Your skin on your face is fragile and you do not wish to cause injury to your capillaries or skin itself. The advantages of dry brushing will not be worth the harm you can do to your skin as much as you would like by exfoliating and stimulating it.
You will know if you are brushing your skin too much when you discover that your skin is too dry, red or irritated. These are the warning signs and you should pay attention to them and lessen the number of times that you brush weekly or reduce the number of brush strokes per area.
When you are trying new supplements, medication or exercise, it is best that you consult your doctor before starting your new regimen. The situation here is the same, and you should consult your dermatologist prior to beginning this new routine especially if you have any skin conditions or your skin is very sensitive.
Proper hygiene practices apply here and you should be sharing your face brush with no one.
Dry face brushing should not be integrated into skin care routines that involve chemically peeling or manual exfoliating your skin as these techniques are too abrasive for the skin when combined. It is recommended that you wait for two weeks after doing a chemical peel or exfoliation before you perform dry face brushing.