WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH YOUR TRADITIONAL EXFOLIATION ROUTINE TO DRY BRUSHING

September 09, 2017

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We have all heard about the benefits of traditional exfoliation, in the shower with a loofah, or brush..but did you know, there is a much better way of getting rid of dead skin cells with even more benefits than traditional, wet exfoliation?

It’s called Dry Brushing ... and it’s a game changer.Dry brushing LOTUSWEI flower essences  
Dry brushing not only gets rid of dead skin cells better {water - as is used in traditional exfoliation, can cause skin to plump - making it harder to get rid of as many dead skin cells as dry brushing}, but also aids in lymphatic drainage and stimulates circulation to help detoxify the entire body + can even reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Usually when you exfoliate, you would use a substantial amount of pressure to ‘scrub’ off the dead skin cells, which can sometimes irritate and dry out the skin. But dry brushing uses only a very light + calming amount of pressure … and has the ability to aid in waking up the lymph system which works to rid the body of excess fluid, bacteria + cell waste.

But there is a certain way to do it right.

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How to get perfectly soft skin from dry brushing:

- Dry brushing can be done 1-2 times per day, but always right before a bath and/or shower
- Your brush should ideally be a long-handled brush with natural bristles {we love vegetable bristle brushes - synthetic bristles should be avoided as they can scratch + irritate the skin} Check out Katie’s favorite dry brush of all time here.
- Make sure your skin is completely dry
- Using your long-handled brush, make soft sweeping strokes up your body, towards your heart - if your skin turns red, apply less pressure.

Your lymphatic system responds to light, flowing pressure.

Pressure + Direction: during dry brushing is very important, as your lymphatic system flows through your body towards your heart: No rubbing, scrubbing, or back + forth motions - the way you might be used to with traditional wet exfoliation

Direction: brush arms up towards the shoulders; brush back up towards the shoulders; brush up the chest - starting around the belly button, up the center of the chest + around the breast and up under the arms; brush legs up from the feet.

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After Care:

Just as important as the pressure + direction of your dry brushing, how you care for your skin immediately after you are finished is vital, too! - MOISTURIZE! I love Jojoba Oil, but any kind you personally love will work {almond oil, coconut oil, etc.}! Apply a liberal amount of oil right after you’re done dry brushing, before you get into the shower. Other ideas:

  • If you want to add a little bit of self-care to your routine, try our Infinite Love Serum for more unconditional love, affection, enhance magnetism +  gentleness
  • If you want to add a little bit of relaxation to your routine, try our Inner Peace Serum, for more deep peace, calm, confidence, comfort + contentment
  • If you want to kick-start your day with extra detoxification for more energy, try our Radiant Energy Serum.It’s almost better than a morning coffee! Almost ;).
  • All of our Balancing Serumsare a Safflower Oil base which is very light, absorbs quickly, and is great for all skin types! WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH YOUR TRADITIONAL EXFOLIATION ROUTINE TO DRY BRUSHING by the lotuswei flower essences blog
  •  COLD SHOWER! A cold shower promotes circulation, aiding in the detox process - Use a natural soap to slough off all of the old dead skin cells! {My favorite natural soap is Dr. Bronner's} 
  • When you get out of the shower, make sure you are dabbing your skin dry rather than harshly rubbing the skin dry with a towel

Happy Brushing! 


1 Response

DR. KELLY BROGAN ~ ENTREPRENEUR. ADVOCATE. PIONEER.

September 18, 2017

[…] the capacity to make time should we choose to. I made all sorts of excuses for why I couldn’t dry-brush in the morning, for example. I don’t have time, that extra minute is better spent meditating or […]

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