Dry Brushing and Your Skin

As summer is quickly ticking away (when did it become August?!), I've noticed that my skin is in serious need of some love. I heart summer because I can walk barefoot in the yard, enjoy the hot summer sun on my skin, and I love the smell of Bumble and Bumble's Creme de Coco in my hair - a summer staple for me.

Along with that comes the inevitable calloused heels and skin that looks like it could use a good dose of exfoliation. Enter the Dry Brush. It's one of those things you hear about and think, "Oh, what a great idea!" Then forget about it until something reminds you much later. That something was my mother-in-law. While visiting the east coast this summer, my daughters got into their grandma's things and were running around the house with a giant brush over their heads. Grandma loves taking care of her skin and dry brushing is part of it.

I was able to get some "alone time" while both girls were in camp for a week (cue hallelujah music) and one of my stops was TJ Maxx, where I stumbled upon their beauty section. Dry brushes and pumice stones abound! For about $10 I picked up a dry brush and foot brush/pumice stone. 

Source: GOOP

I saw GOOP's How to Dry Brush article just the other day, again reminding me that I had wanted to share my Dry Brush find with you all. It has a quick rundown of how you should do it (before showering in the AM, starting at the feet, brush upward or in a circular motion) and the numerous benefits:

"It’s said to boost circulation, sweep away dead skin cells, stimulate the lymph nodes, improve digestion, improve the appearance of cellulite, and help the cells and body in general remove waste." - GOOP

The foot brush I've been using is for after the shower. My summer feet have been particularly bad this year, but there's nothing a little brushing and pumice stone exfoliation can't get rid of. Goodbye dirty camping feet!

I've been trying to dry brush every day, which doesn't always happen. But I've definitely noticed that my skin is feeling softer and doesn't look as "tired" as it has been. I don't think I've exfoliated my body this much since before my wedding! I've yet to use body oil after brushing, though. I've always been fearful of oily skin, but I've been reading so many beneficial things about body oils that I'll have to give them a try, too. I"ll keep you posted.

Happy Brushing!