For me, it all started when I kept reading about facial dry brushing in some of my favorite magazines. And after researching more about this skincare ritual, I found that it has so many skin benefits. Also, so many dermatologists and natural beauty estheticians have been praising the benefits of facial dry brushing for years.
How did I miss this?! The more I read about it the more I felt had to try it. So, I've been doing it for months and I can tell you that my skin loves it. One of my skin obsessions is with my skin texture; I have underskin bumps. With dry brushing, my skin is smoother and glowing and my pores are less congested.
Also, I love that you only need few minutes for facial dry brushing. For on-the-go women like us, it is so important to have skin care routines that can be easily incorporated in our busy schedules.
First, What are the benefits of facial dry brushing?
Turns out one of the biggest if you have dull skin, facial dry brushing will help brighten your complexion and give you a glowing skin.
- Reduces puffiness and dark circles
- Tones and firms skin
- Gently exfoliates and stimulates cellular turnover
- Smooths fine lines and brightens appearance
- Detoxifies to help clear congestion
Second, how is facial dry brushing helping the skin?
Even though they haven't been any scientific testing, cosmetic dermatologist and natural estheticians explain that increase blood flow to the skin area that is being brushed and exfoliate the skin [sourcehealth.com, MindBodyGreen.com].
Facial dry brushing helps us have a healthy glowing skin from within by activating our lymphatic system to awaken the face.
- One of the biggest issues of facial dry brushing is using a brush with harsh bristles. Avoid firm bristles. The skin on the face is delicate and brushes with firm bristles can be too abrasive to the skin.
- Do not use on irritated, extremely sensitive, broken or sunburned skin.
- Do not share your brush
- Always perform an allergy patch test before use
- Do not use it in combination with other chemical or physical exfoliants such as scrubs with abrasive particles.
- Do not use on active acne, pimples and infectious open wounds.
- Use a softer brush was that is gentle, non-irritating and that gently exfoliate your skin. My favorite facial brush for dry brushing is Bath Blossom Face Cleansing Brush.
- Another thing to understand is that you only need gentle stroke for facial dry brushing. Be very gentle with light strokes.
- Aestheticians recommend dry brushing only one or two times per week
- Practice facial dry brushing one or two minutes max
Some recommend doing this skin care ritual in the morning and other on the weekend. I practice it one tine during the week and the second time on the weekend. I had great results both ways.
I think the most important thing here is to do it consistently to stimulate circulation in our facial muscles and exfoliate the skin.
* Always remember to use gentle strokes and pressure. Very gentle here; the facial brush will do the work for you. This should not hurt. You will feel a warming sensation since this skin ritual increases blood circulation. Like with body dry brushing, you should always brush with upward motions, away from the direction of your heart (to encourage circulation).
There are many methods of facial dry brushing. The one I describe here is a combination of few of them. [Sources: MindBodyGreen.com, Province Apothecary ]
Step 1: Always start with dry clean skin.
You want to make sure that you're starting with totally clean skin and your pores are open.
Step 2: Warm up your glands and wake up your lymphatic path ways.
- Start by brushing with gentle stroke each side of your face and neck by starting from your cheekbone.
- Open up your lymphatic pathways to stimulate drainage by stroking on each side of your face from the middle of your forehead to your on the way to your chin.
Step 3: Dry brush from decolletage to your neck to your forehead
- Use gentle brush strokes up from your chest, across your neck to the bottom of your chin.
- Brush from your chin to your hairline on one side of the face, and then move to the other side.
- Brush quickly from you jawline toward your cheek bones on each sides of your face.
- Use gentle circular motions around your your eye area, starting outward from the middle of your eyebrows.
- Brush down your nose then upward across your forehead.
Step 4. Drain your lymphatic pathways
- Starting in the middle of the forehead, gently stroke down toward your jawline and then from your chin to your jawline and down to the side of your neck. Repeat on each side.