Have you ever tried to water a dead stick? Nothing much happens…..
Well that is what happens when you try to moisturize skin that not been exfoliated. A build-up of dead skin cells blocks even the best ingredients from doing their job.
So before getting in the shower, exfoliate. When you get out of the shower, moisturize.
Exfoliating your skin is a great way to rejuvenate your skin cells and get rid of those old dead skin cells. My favorite way to exfoliate is to dry brush my skin using a long handled natural fiber brush.
If you haven’t ever exfoliated using the dry skin brushing technique…here’s how it works:
Start with your feet, moving in soft circular movements (always moving towards the heart) first on the bottom of the feet, and then on the top. Work up each leg, one at a time, first the back of the leg (using the same soft circular, always towards the heart, movements) up through the buttock and then the front of the leg. Avoid any delicate skin, like the skin on the insides of the thighs and other delicate parts.
After you are finished with the lower half, start at the fingertips of one arm; move up the arm (palms of hands, back of hands, forearm, bicep) and towards the heart. Repeat on the other arm. Move to the back working your movements in circular movements up, starting and finishing with one side of the back and then the other.
When you get to your stomach, start at your lower abdomen and work your way up making sure to steer clear of the delicate areas and end at your chest in an upward stroke.
There are a few tips about skin brushing. You will want to avoid the face. While dry brushing is excellent for exfoliating skin, it is too rough for the delicate skin on your face. I prefer fascia blasting my face.
If you are new to dry brushing, you may want to do it in the shower (with the water off) the first few times since there may be a lot of deal skin brushed off (ewwww…but true). For best results dry brush a few times a week and since your pores will be open and clear shower with an all-natural body soap containing organic ingredients.
Once your skin is well exfoliated and damp, you can apply my botanical body splash (click here for the recipe). The vegetable glycerin acts as a humectant, helping the skin to retain the moisture you are applying.
When it comes to taking care of your skin, eating nutritiously and drinking lots of pure water are a must. If you would like to learn more about eating to nourish your skin and all of your cells, fill out the form below and let’s talk. First consultation is FREE!