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Updated: May 11, 2018

Want to firm your redhead skin and get that circulation flowing? Try dry skin brushing.

Dry brushing is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. It is the process of actually brushing the skin using a bristle dry brush. It is a component of daily healthy living and used to promote detoxification, improve circulation, reduce the appearance of cellulite, stimulate the lymphatic system, and of course, expose supple, soft skin.

Here are four top tips to get started: 

1. Buy a dry brush

Purchase a natural (non-synthetic) bristle brush with a long handle so you can reach all areas of your body.

2. Brush correctly 

Always brush in circular motions towards your heart. This is best for your circulation and the lymphatic system. Circular brushing works best starting at the soles of your feet working up the legs, to the torso, and so on. Avoid the face, areas with lesions and any sensitive areas.

Use enough pressure to have pink skin afterward, but not so much that you are red or in pain. Typically a good dry brush routine can take anywhere from two minutes to twenty minutes.

3. Keep it up 

How often should you dry brush? This really depends on your skin. Many experts recommend at least once or twice a week for optimal results.

4. Wash your brush after use

After dry brushing, gently scrub your brush with water and soap. Set it out to air dry. You can also soak the dry brush in a bowl filled with water and several drops of tea tree essential oil.

For redheads with dry or sensitive skin, you might be thinking you can’t dry brush. But, it’s to the contrary. Dry brushing is a great way to remove dead skin cells from sensitive skin that otherwise sit on the surface of the skin and perpetuate dryness and sensitivity. If you are applying lotion to dry, un-exfoliated skin it’s simply just sitting on top of dead skin cells and not providing any kind of benefit.
Follow this healthy practice with a warm shower or bath, drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods. You’ll notice immediately that your body will absorb any lotions or oils quickly, and your skin’s texture will vastly improve. If you are heading out to enjoy the sunshine, be sure to liberally apply sunscreen to protect your newly exposed skin cells.

 

Turn to page 135 in the How to be a Redhead Beauty Book to read more on dry brushing & Rock it like a Redhead!