Winter, spring, summer or fall: I have dry skin woes no matter the season. I have bumpy arms, eczema on my hips, and a whole lot of ashy skin all over. It is so not comfortable. It is so not cute. It's even so bad that I eschew my crunchy granola ways and slather myself in not-so-natural body creams (looking at you, Nivea) just to try to get some relief. That is until dry brushing.
Dry brushing is the practice of brushing your skin while it's dry. Duh. This treatment has been used for centuries to clear the lymphatic system, bring blood flow to the skin, and buff away pesky flakes. I can't tell you if it's working on a deeper level than my skin, but what I can tell you is that it banishes my bumpy, rashy, scaly skin and makes me glow like JLO. Well, almost.
Here's what you'll need:
- A dry body brush (I use this one)
- Coconut Oil (organic & virgin, baby!)
Here's how to do it:
Get all nakey in your bathroom
Starting at your feet, begin brushing your whole body in long, soft strokes, always moving towards your heart. It should feel tingly, not like a thousand knives so don't get crazy with the pressure you maniac.
Don't forget your back--it feels so good!
Once you're brushed, slather on the Coconut Oil. Really, go wild. More. No, more than that. Get as greasy as your forehead was in middle school.
Get in the shower!
- Shower like a normal person! The steam from your shower will help your skin absorb up all that yummy coconut oil. Feeling too greasy? You can wash the oil off. I don't because my skin sucks it up like Tantalus would if he could ever reach that damn pool of water.
Are you a lizard person like me? Do you have any tips for hydrating your skin? For the love of God, please share them in the comments.