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How To Dry Brush Your Skin

uring #summerofSOUL, all of that sun, surf, sand and sweat can wreak havoc on our skin. Licensed esthetician MARY SCOTT sat down with SOUL to tell us about a new way to rejuvenate our skin — dry brushing — and give us some quick tips for keeping our skin soft and hydrated all year round...

What is dry brushing and why should we do it?
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like — brushing your skin! It helps get rid of dead surface skin. Once the dead skin cells are gone, your skin can better absorb moisturizer, allowing for increased hydration.

When is the best time to dry brush?
It's best to dry brush right before showering.

So, how do we do it?
You should brush starting from the outer extremities in strokes towards your heart. This motion increases blood circulation and stimulates lymph flow throughout the body. You can brush your skin for a few minutes every day or a few times per week. Dry brushing is a natural form of detoxification and it's an energizing practice. It gets your blood flowing and helps give you an energy boost in the morning.

Any tips for first-timers?
Yes, quite a few!

• Don't brush the skin aggressively.
• I don't recommend brushing the face because facial skin is usually much thinner and more delicate.
• Use a dry brush with a long handle so that you can easily reach your back.
• Do not brush over skin with eczema, acne, open sores, sunburn or any other condition that may be irritated.

Do you have any other tips to keep our skin healthy and exfoliated?
Korean body scrubs are another form of body exfoliation that I enjoy and recommend. I recently went to a spa for the a treatment and it left my skin baby soft.

What does a Korean body scrub entail?
They have you lie completely naked on a plastic table and throw buckets of warm water all over your body while scrubbing every last inch of you with an exfoliating mitt. This may sound barbaric to some, but it was incredibly relaxing and left my skin the softest it has ever been!

Interesting! It sounds like quite a process. How often do you do that?
This kind of intense exfoliation would be ideal about once per month. Dry brushing in between treatments is a great way to keep your skin healthy and soft.

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