Dry Brushing Your Skin: Facts and Myths

Dry Brushing Your Skin

Dry brushing your skin? Yes! I’ve had a dry brush for several years, and I finally thought I would write a post about what it does and doesn’t actually do, or cure, as some people claim. First, here’s a look at my dry brush that I use for dry brushing:

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The dry brush that I have is cruelty free and vegan, and it has the FSC 100% label, which means that all the wood in the dry brush comes from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forests. You want to make sure the bristles on the dry brush are firm, but not scratchy!

Make sure that the handle of your dry brush is long enough. If you want to dry brush your back, you want to make sure you can actually reach it!

Now some articles say that you should be dry brushing during a certain time of the day, like the morning, but I found no credible source that showed that it made any difference at all. So, my advice is to do it when you have time, and then you can shower after. Most of the articles suggest you start at your feet with your dry brush, and use long, upward strokes on each leg, and then dry brush your mid section in the back and in the front. Don’t forget your arms. Do not use this brush on your face!

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So, now that you’re done with your dry brushing, you can take a shower.

Dry Brushing Your Skin

One of the facts about dry brushing is that it will do a great job exfoliating your skin. Here’s a quote from Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist  “Gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterward.”

How often should you dry brush? Daily is recommended, but try to do it at least twice a week for a few minutes.
Now, what about the claims that dry brushing will help your body and lymphatic system clear away all those toxins.

No, sorry, it’s a myth. Here’s a quote from Dr. Tina Alster, director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. “I know dry brushing is popular, but the actual benefits are unclear.”

How about the various claims that dry brushing will reduce cellulite? No, again, another myth!

Dr. Carolyn Jacob, a Chicago dermatologist says, “Cellulite is a complex problem that involves thin skin and the kind of fibrous bands holding in women’s fat.” Dry brushing “won’t change fibrous bands at all.” And, Dr. Jacobs adds,  that if you do it too much, or too rough,  you “…put your skin at risk for inflammation, redness and an ecaema-like itchy rash.” That was from the NYT with this headline, “Dry Brushing Gains Fans, but Grand Claims are Suspect.”

There’s no question dry brushing is a great exfoliator, and it can be relaxing–assuming you have chosen the correct brush. Your skin will even glow since you slough away dead skin cells. Most definitely, your skin should look and feel smoother.
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Konjac Pink Heart Sponge Review & Photos!

Konjac Pink Heart Sponge

The Konjac Sponge Company has a brand new, super cute Konjac pink heart sponge, with added pink French clay. It is not only cruelty free, but also vegan!

I’m going to come across as kind of smug, but I’ve been telling you all about The Konjac Sponge Company since I first discovered them back in 2012! Now everyone writes about them like it’s a new discovery! Check out all the posts I have written about The Konjac Sponge Company, including an interview with the founder, Michele!

The Konjac Sponge Co.: French Red Clay http://moxiereviews.com/2012/05/16/konjac-sponge-co-french-red-clay/

The Konjac Sponge Co.: French Pink Clay Konjac Sponge http://moxiereviews.com/2012/03/19/the-konjac-sponge-co-french-pink-clay-konjac-sponge/

Review of a Konjac Sponge in Natural Vegetable Fibre http://moxiereviews.com/2012/02/27/review-of-a-konjac-sponge-in-natural-vegetable-fibre/

Konjac Sponges: Skincare For All Skin Types http://moxiereviews.com/2012/02/23/konjac-sponges-skincare-for-all-skin-types/

Konjac Body Sponge & Interview with the Company Director (CEO) http://moxiereviews.com/2012/04/18/konjac-body-sponge-interview-with-the-company-director-ceo/

Konjac Pink Heart Sponge

I have more photos and a review of the Konjac Pink Heart Sponge, so keep reading!

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is one of several products that I purchased from the cruelty free skincare company, Dermalogica. I have reviewed a Dermalogica product before (the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster). The first product I’d like to tell you about is one that I have been using several times a week; it’s the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. I first started testing this product over nine weeks ago, in the very cold winter that we had on the east coast.

Posted on my Instagram

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant was a huge success, so keep reading to find out why I think you should purchase it, too.

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Mario Badescu Cruelty Free Products

Mario Badescu Cruelty Free

Here’s my latest instagram photo with my Mario Badescu Cruelty Free products! I wanted to revisit my 2013 post about Mario Badescu cruelty free products. Since that time, I’ve continued to purchase the skincare for myself and my family. From time to time, I’ve been asked publicly, and privately, on social media, if Mario Badescu cruelty free status is still current. Yes, it is! Mario Badescu does not sell in China, and so I can fortunately write that Mario Badescu cruelty free products will continue to be purchased by me, and recommended to readers!  I love when I can trust a brand to not sell out!

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Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

A Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit is what you need to arrive at your door! It’s packed with nine great products that are cruelty free, vegan, and Leaping Bunny certified! Vegan Cuts does an outstanding job selecting body care, dental care, skin care, and more–those items that are so necessary, and yet, sometimes you might be stumped as to what products would be worth buying. I’m sure we’ve all bought multiples of the types of products that are in the Fresh Start Kit. It sometimes takes a bit to find products that you love, and would then become staples in your home, when you travel, for your office, etc.. All the companies pictured below have an item in the Fresh Start Kit; read on for my review of each item that I received last week.

 Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

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