The Benefits of Dry Exfoliating
Published Jul 09, 2011
Do you usually slough off your dead skin cells with water? There's actually another technique to exfoliate your skin, and you don't even have to step in the shower. Dry exfoliation rejuvenates and renews your skin sans the aqua. Holistic practitioners and savvy Beauties use a soft-bristled brush or specially designed mitt to remove dead skin cells, which is said to improve blood flow and detox the complexion. Many natural health enthusiasts attribute this technique to their radiant skin (read how raw food expert Tonya Zavasta gets seriously glowing skin through dry exfoliation) and have shared dry brushing experiences that even helped reduce stubborn cellulite. For you faux-tanaholics, this method is ideal to prep your skin before a spray session.
What's the trick to exfoliating your skin without water? Before showering, grab a brush with natural bristles or an exfoliation glove (available at your local beauty supply or health food store). Begin brushing your dry skin in small circular motions starting at your feet. Work your way up the body until you've reached every nook and cranny, but avoid overly sensitive or sore areas. This should take no more than five to 10 minutes. Rinse off in the shower to wash away the dead skin. Dry brush two or three times a week for softer and clearer skin. Trust us, your body will thank you for the massage and the improved circulation.