Dry Brushing: What you Need to Know

Have you ever heard of dry brushing?  Well, it’s exactly like it sounds – you use a large bristled brush and massage over your dry skin before taking a shower.  Sounds weird, I know, but I’ve been doing it for several months now and believe that it has not only made my skin softer and smoother but has reduced my cellulite!

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Dry brushing can help soften your skin and improve your circulation.

Let’s break it down:  there are not any scientific studies to confirm my results; however if you look up dry brushing the benefits listed are that it removes dead skin cells (think manual exfoliation for your entire body), stimulates circulation (similar to benefits of massage), which helps your you body systems perform at peak efficiency, and boosts your immune system (we can all use that this flu season, am I right?)

Now I don’t do this every single day, but at least three times a week, before getting in the shower, I brush my body, starting from my feet to my legs, using long upward strokes (it is recommended to always use upward strokes and always brush toward your heart). I’m going to be brutally honest here:  it is not an enjoyable, spa-like feeling.  Bristles on dry skin = uncomfortable.  It’s not painful, but don’t expect it to feel relaxing.  I will say that the longer I’ve been doing this the more I am used to how it feels and it’s just another step in my beauty routine, kind of like flossing your teeth.

My whole philosophy on this is that it can’t hurt, so why not try it?  I don’t always need a scientific study to convince me of something’s effectiveness.  There is a lot of scientific evidence in terms of benefits of massage, so I do think that logically some of that translates to dry brushing.  Also, I know that regular exfoliation of your skin is good for you so that knowledge made this sound like a viable option.  The brush I use is a $5 one from Ecotools.  You can get fancy with the type of brush and spend a lot more but the one I have works great for me.  Here’s another Ecotools one with a handle here.  I would say that if you have extremely sensitive skin or eczema that this would NOT be a good option for you.  It may exacerbate your skin condition instead of helping.

I’m sharing my personal experience with you so that you can decide if dry brushing is something you want to check out.  My skin has never felt so smooth and now, in the winter, my legs are not showing dry flakes as they usually do this time of year.  That’s really the only evidence I need that dry brushing is working for me!

Do you dry brush?  If so, I’d love to hear about your experience.  Leave a comment!

Review: Herbal Essences Bio Renew Shampoo and Foam Conditioner

A few weeks ago I was sent the Herbal Essences Bio Renew shampoo and foam conditioner for free to try, thanks to Influenster!  The first thing I noticed with this product is the delicious scent – it’s so fresh and light!  On their website, Herbal Essences describes the scent as “delicate notes of ginger, floral bouquets and clean musk.”  The shampoo is light as well.  It lathers nicely but is not heavy and my hair feels clean after using it.  I love that it is clear and so is the packaging, so you can really see when you are running low.  The shampoo I had before is in solid packaging so I can only guess how much is left by how light it feels which can be a bit annoying.

Herbal Essences bio renew shampoo and conditioner
I am loving the new bio renew shampoo and foam conditioner from Herbal Essences!

The Herbal Essences conditioner is what I was most excited to try because it is not a traditional conditioner but a foam conditioner.  The bottle looks like a can of hair mousse and it dispenses exactly the same way.  The directions say to use a palm-sized amount and apply from root to tip.  Once you do that you feel it absorbing into your hair.  It is very easy to rinse out; does not have the slippery feel most traditional conditioners have.  The product boasts more volume with using a foam conditioner, as it is lighter and doesn’t weigh down hair.  I personally really like the foam.  This particular scent/formula that I use is for fine hair, but they have other scents available including:  White Grapefruit and Mosa Mint, Green Tea and Cucumber and Rosemary and Herb.

The Herbal Essences products are also good for color treated hair, which I have.  And it has no parabens which is important to me when selecting a product.  I definitely notice that my hair is shinier after using the product.

So my final verdict is A plus!  Even though I received the product for free, I really do enjoy it and would definitely purchase once I am out of it.   So if you are in the market for a new shampoo/conditioner or even just want to try out the foam conditioner for yourself, I’d highly recommend the Herbal Essences line!