The other week I came across this post by Kimmi from The Plastic Diaries about achieving super soft skin. I read, with interest, that she is an avid dry body brusher and loofaher (yeah, I made that up but you get the gist). Her post explains her favourite products and, more importantly, HOW exactly to successfully body brush.
Basically, you are trying to direct blood flow from your limbs to your heart to increase circulation and reduce cellulite, but for more extensive, step-by-step instructions click here to see her post. I also checked out Jess' tips from Well of Being and found them really helpful too.
I decided to take her advice and switch out my normal body puff for a more heavy duty hand-sized loofah. I also purchased a dry body brush (both EcoPure Bath from Priceline, relatively cheap)
I have been dry body brushing every morning before my shower (in the shower so as not to coat my bathroom with skin flakes) and then following that up with a warm shower using the loofah and body soap. When I get out of the shower, i moisturise with The Body Shop's Aloe Soothing Body Lotion while my skin is still damp and let it soak in. The results: the first time I tried dry body brushing, I couldn't believe how painful it was. I was concerned that the sharp bristles were going to welt my fairly sensitive skin but I could actually feel the blood pumping around my body (as weird as that sounds, it could have been from all the brushing movement though…). Surprisingly, there were no adverse effects to my skin and once I got out of the shower, there was no indication that it had been brushed too roughly at all.
I've been dry brushing for over a week and use the loofah at least once a day, often twice, and always follow up with a moisturiser or Bio Oil. I can honestly say that my skin feels amazing. My arms, in particular, used to always feel a bit rough and they are so smooth, also the skin on my stomach and hips is much softer and more even; there are visible improvements!
It's sometimes hard to add another 10 minutes to your morning routine, but I think it's worth it! I am a little bit addicted now.
Have you tried dry body brushing before? What are your thoughts?