Who doesn’t love a good scrub? Winter is the perfect time to get all the flaky skin off. Exfoliation using a natural boars hair bristles with a wooden handle is a great form of manual exfoliation for your body to maintain a healthy looking complexion and a well-functioning protective skin barrier.
Before you start
You must have a healthy skin barrier before you start your manual exfoliation. As a skincare therapist, I still see people going overboard on exfoliating, whether using a harsh formulated chemical or scrubbing too hard. It may result in the opposite of the goal of a healthy looking complexion. The irritated and inflamed skin will have a compromised protective barrier that leads to permanently damaged and scarred skin. Be gentle to your largest organ, your skin.
Dry Brush the Body
- Start at the feet and move upwards in circular motion, toward the heart when dry brushing the body stopping at the breast area.
- Dry brush the arms in gentle circular motion from the fingertips to the shoulders.
- Use a smaller natural face brush when using on the neck and decollete, be sure not to be to aggressive since the skin are thinner in the neck and decollete area.
- It is always great to follow a dry brushing with a shower or bath to wash away the loosened dead skin.
- Follow with a hydrating oil or body lotion and skin will feel soft and smooth.