So in the probably futile attempt to avoid an excessive amount of new stretch marks forming, a couple of weeks ago I was reading online and came across something called "dry skin brushing." I'd never heard of it before, and it seemed novel and perhaps a little weird. It's the process of brushing all over your body with a natural bristle brush before showering to help slough off the dead skin, stimulate circulation, assist the skin with ridding the body of toxins, etc. (If you want to read more, this page has a good overview plus instructions.)
Anyways, after thinking about it on and off over those couple of weeks, I decided to splurge and buy myself a dry skin brush. It arrived on Wednesday and I tried it out on my arm. Ooh! So tingly and scratchily refreshing! Thursday morning I happily brushed all over before getting in the shower. It felt wonderful! My skin felt so invigorated and awakened. It was really amazing. By last night I was feeling pretty beat and bleh after a long day with too many errands, so I decided another shower was in order, so of course I brushed again. And it was still fabulous. This morning, I was even a bit more thorough and made an effort to "overlap" the brushed areas and then did some warm/cold water fluctuations in the shower (as mentioned on the website I link to above) and it really did feel amazing. That's when I decided that I needed to blog about this amazingly simple process to improve health and quality of life. Granted, I don't know for certain how much of a benefit it will have for me, but it makes sense that it does help your body cleanse itself, and on top of that, it really feels great! It's not like so many other things that are supposed to improve your health...a lot of those are unpleasant but we do them anyway hoping for some result.
If you ever scrub with a loofah or body pouf in the shower and wish it would scrub harder or be more stimulating, then you will probably really love a dry skin brush.
So, yeah. Dry skin brushing. Splurge (at <$10 it's a pretty modest splurge) and try it out! I will say that after only two days, my skin does feel amazingly soft!