Why i dry brush
I’ll admit it. I was totally skeptical of dry brushing. Perhaps it was the fact that there seemed to be a cult of dry brushers that had drunk the dry brushing kool-aid. People swore by its magic to transform skin, fight fatigue, detoxify the body, and boost circulation, and I thought it was too good to be true. And then I tried it.

I first succumbed to the hype by buying a natural fiber brush for $18.99 at Prettysee. It was the middle of winter, my fingers and toes were permanently frozen, and I was willing to try anything to jumpstart my poor circulation. $18.99 seemed like a minimal investment.

I knew there was a method to it, so I did some googling. The main idea is to brush lightly in small circles, beginning at the feet and moving towards the heart. You’re to mimic the flow of blood and lymph back to the heart. It was ticklish at first, and then as I got the hang of it, I kind of enjoyed the ritual of brushing. I scrubbed places I hadn’t really tended to except for a brief swipe of soap, and my skin felt pleasantly tingly. I hopped in the shower, did my usual lather, and hopped out to dry off. While my skin felt smoother and my body oil absorbed more quickly I was still not convinced of the magical powers of the dry brush. Exfoliation of any kind would have that impact. So the verdict was still out. I liked the immediate effects, but I was hoping for those transformative properties that frankly a good scrub with the washcloth doesn’t possess.

After about two weeks of dry brushing every other night, I started to notice a real change in my skin, my sleep, and my overall energy. It was subtle, but definitely there. My skin, usually a canvas of purple-pink splotches in the winter was now just a little pink. I was sleeping better, and whether it was because I was sleeping better or because of the dry brushing itself, I don’t know, but I loved it.

I now do it 2-3 times a week, right before I shower at night as I not only enjoy the glow-getting effects, but I also look forward to the nightly ritual of it. Some sources suggest doing it for 10 minutes, but I find that focused 1-2 minutes has positive effects. Quality > quantity, I say. I’ve been rubbing Osmia Organic's Sunset Body Oil on right afterward, but anybody oil, like jojoba oil (which mimics skin's natural sebum) should work. I’m just smitten for the warm and relaxing scent of the Sunset Body Oil and my skin soaks it right up without any greasy residue.

So for any of you are curious about the dry brushing hype, I’ve got a few tips for making the most of it.
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