In yesterday's post, I mentioned that I've taken up the habit of skin brushing. It later came to my attention that I neglected to give any details about how I do it, or with what kind of brush, etc. So here's a humble follow-up post with a few details filled in. You are so welcome!
Please do keep in mind that I'm certainly no expert; I've only been doing this for a few weeks, myself. But the more I read, the more I realize that it really is a "done thing." And I am really seeing results! I wish I'd taken photos before I began skin brushing - but I truly was so skeptical that I didn't think it was worth it. Happily, I was wrong.
Over and over I see references to a natural bristle brush. They're available from Amazon.com, but I found mine at the local natural food store New Seasons. Mine has a long handle...but I almost wish it didn't. It rather gets in the way. A short handle or no handle works great too. Here's the one I have:
The observant reader will notice that I'm missing one "plug" of bristles. I blame our cats. Or one of them anyway.
I heard about this crazy skin brushing thing through Teresa Tapp. HERE is the method I've been using. She also has a kit you can purchase on the T-Tapp website which includes instructions and several other items, but I'm doing the budget-conscious version.
It would seem that it's best to brush when your skin is dry, and follow up with a shower - to wash those sloughed skin cells away. I have looked at a few different sets of directions, and from what I understand, the main thing is to brush from the extremities toward the heart. For problem areas (referring to cellulite) you can move the brush in a circular motion, but one should always finish with long strokes. Use several repetitions in each spot.
That's really all I know. As I've stated, I am a skin brushing novice - but also a convert. That being said, I next plan to purchase a facial skin brush. If skin brushing can make such a difference on serious problem areas, I can only imagine how it might impact the face and neck. Here's hoping, anyway!