What is dry brushing? How and why you should be doing it!

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know how much I am loving dry brushing! I have been dry brushing every single day for a month and a half, and I am completely obsessed with it now. There are so many benefits, many of which I notice every single day. Plus, I love the ritual. It’s a self-care method that I cannot go without!

But what is dry brushing?

Using a natural bristle “dry brush” like the one I use (which I absolutely love, by the way!) all you do is brush your skin while it’s dry (I like to do it before a shower) toward your heart.

Benefits of dry brushing

  • great method of exfoliation
  • increases circulation
  • boosts energy
  • stimulates lymphatic system
  • unclogs pores
  • can help improve digestion
  • can reduce the appearance of pores and cellulite
  • improves skin texture
  • helps to ease stress and tension

I have seen great improvement to my skins texture and the appearance of pores with facial dry brushing. I love how energized and overall GOOD I feel after dry brushing. It’s a feeling I have come to crave. Typically, I have poor circulation and my hands an feet are always freezing. I have noticed that since dry brushing, my circulation has improved DRASTICALLY. It’s been amazing!

How to dry brush

For my body, I use the large body brush (with or without the handle) and move in big strokes toward my heart. I do this before or shower, or early on in the morning. After dry brushing/showering I use organic coconut oil or Cocokind Skincare oils to moisturize.

For my face, I use the smaller facial dry brush. I wash my face, then gently dry brush using the same method I do when jade rolling. Then I use toner and moisturizer.

I always follow up dry brushing with drinking a huge glass of water.

What dry brush am I using?

I bought the Belula dry brushes on Amazon after a friend recommended that brand. It’s a great price and comes with the body brush, facial brush, a removable handle for the body brush (great for hard to reach places on your back!), a travel bag for your brushes, and shower gloves. It’s only $19.95 which I felt was an incredible price!

Dry brushing is a pretty small task for the benefits it brings. It’s something that is a daily act of self care that I always feel I can “make time for.” I feel so amazing after dry brushing and it really only takes a few minutes. I mentioned that I dry brush before a shower, but I know many people who prefer to dry brush after, and that works too! I even dry brush on the days I don’t shower, because #hippielife and I don’t shower every day. 🤷🏼‍♀️

2018 INTENTIONS AND GOALS

Happy new year friends! 2017 brought many amazing things. This blog, this community, taking our kids to Disneyland, and moving into our new home. I have some big plans and big ideas for 2018, and I can’t wait to see how the year unfolds.

As many of you know, I write monthly intentions. This was something I started just last year and followed each month. I truly loved it and will continue to do monthly intentions this year.

My plan for this years monthly intentions is to have a majority of them be focused on achieving my yearly intentions and goals.

I want to share these here to hold myself more accountable. When you share your goals and intentions with others it makes them so much more real and makes you so much more accountable. I would love for you guys to share your intentions here or on instagram with me!

Intention #1:

read one book a month

I love to read. Reading for me is so therapeutic (no matter what tripe of book) as long as it’s an actual book. This is a form of self care I need and want to focus on this year. Reading also pulls me away from the screen at night which is always a good thing!

Intention #2:

complete the novel I’ve been writing

Something you may not know about me is that aside from a love of reading books, I also have a love for writing them. I’ve wrote some short stories and started tons of novels that I always get so close to completing and then I give up on them. It’s always disappointing when I do that. I get so afraid of finishing a book for so many reasons.

I’ve been writing on and off the same novel for a couple years now and I decided this is the year I let go of my fears and finish it.

Intention #3:

push myself to do things outside of my comfort zone or to face my fears (fears holding me back from living my life to the fullest).

For me this means a few things. This means that after I finish my novel (because I will have that thing completed by my goal completion date!) I will set out to get it published which is something I’m mortified of doing.

This also means I will try new things that make me nervous but I really want to do. The things I always say “yeah, I can’t do that” to or “I’m way too blank for that.” Insert negative self talk in that blank space.

This means speaking up about things when I don’t want to but know it’s the best for me. Letting go of things even when it’s hard, and so on.

I want 2018 to be a year of self love, enjoyment, fulfillment, and pure happiness. I’m so honored I get to share that journey with this community!

JADE ROLLING BENEFITS AND HOW-TO

Jade rolling is something I quickly grew fond of doing. If you are looking for a simple and inexpensive spa treatment for home use, look no further than a jade roller! The benefits are endless, so jade rolling is truly for everyone.

I have been using a roller from Jade Roller Beauty and I love it. Great quality and a great company. I have been really impressed and would 100% recommend buying from them.

what is a jade rolling?

Jade is a stone used in Chinese medicine that helps cleanse and drain the lymphatic system.

benefits of jade rolling

  • clears toxins
  • tones facial muscles
  • improves skin elasticity
  • promotes lymphatic drainage
  • helps clear breakouts on jaw and chin
  • stimulates blood flow
  • reduces puffiness
  • stimulates collagen production
  • can minimize pore size
  • headache relief
  • boosts circulation
  • reduces inflammation
  • helps clear sinus congestion

how to use your jade roller

After regular cleansing, exfoliating, masking, toning, etc….

  1. apply moisturizer or face serum
  2. forehead and temples: start with the large side of your roller in the center of your forehead closest to your hair line. roll the stone gently, moving down toward your ears, to your temple. always move outwards, away from your face. repeat 4-7 times, covering you whole forehead. move slowly, without applying too much pressure. repeat on the other side of your forehead.
  3. eyes: using the small end of your roller, roll gently over eyelids and under eye areas. starting in the inner corners, rolling out to your ears.
  4. nose and cheeks: start in the center and roll away from your nose, toward your cheeks. roll over cheeks toward your ears. again, repeat 4-7 times.
  5. chin and lips: using the same technique, roll gently across lips and chin toward ears.
  6. jawline: roll gently along jawline to your earlobes. then, starting at the chin, use a sweeping motion upward toward cheekbones, then out to your ears.
  7. neck: start at the top and roll downwards to collar bones.
  8. rinse, apply toner and moisturizer (I love using this after a mask + jade rolling)

cleaning and storing

after use, wipe roller off with a damp cloth and dry. do not use hot water, harsh cleaners or soaps. I recommend storing in the fridge, but you can store it wherever you like and place it in the freezer a few minutes before each use if you like it cold. it doesn’t have to be cold, but I like it that way.

how often to use

you can jade roll 2-4 times a day, but I personally use it once a day. I love it so much though, that if I had more time, you would catch me doing this 4 times a day! each session will take about 5-10 minutes but you could do it in as little as 2 if you didn’t have much time but still wanted to squeeze it into your routine.

after-care

your skin should be flush after. your body will be detoxifying so you will want to hydrate with TONS of water! flushing with water will help this process a lot.

I would love to hear from you! have you tried jade rolling?

*Jade roller gifted by Jade Roller Beauty