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Friday Fix: The Wonders of Dry Brushing

If we could name one beauty routine that Melissa frequents, it would be Dry Brushing.
She has been an avid dry brusher long before its recent popularity.
It seems as though Kale, Kombucha, and Dry Brushes have all been using the same publicist lately!

All jokes aside, we are feeling a bit gloomy with the realization that summer has hastily escaped us, but why not enter this transition with a graceful 'shedding' ?

dry brushing

So for those of you that are unfamiliar with the Wonders of Dry brushing, here's the scoop:

What is it?
Dry brushing has been used for centuries by Scandinavians and Russians.
More than 30 years ago, a Finnish doctor by the name of Paavo Airola prescribed this technique for his patients to
detoxify, exfoliate and stimulate the skin using a natural bristled brush.

What does it do?
Aside from the obvious uses such as exfoliating dead skin cells and un-clogging pores, dry-brushing is also used to stimulate your lymphatic system and boost circulation.
It is even claimed to reduce the appearance of cellulite, ladies!

What's the right way to do it?
Before you shower, stand in your tub and begin brushing at your feet using a long, sweeping motion moving towards your heart.
Always brush towards your heart for proper blood flow! After you're done, finish with a shower/bath as you normally would and follow with a nourishing lotion or body oil.

Pro tip from Melissa: 'I dry brush my body as it helps to boost circulation. At the end of a shower blast your body with freezing water, it tones everything up especially good just before hitting the beach in a bikini.'

Which brush does Melissa recommend?

Mio Skincare Natural dry body brush, available at NET-A-PORTER


Elemis skin brush (If you want to reach your back), available at NORDSTROM

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