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DON’T GUIDE: SKIPPING PRE-DRY BRUSHING PREPARATION STEPS YOU’LL REGRET 

Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: April 6, 2024

Dry brushing – it sounds like one of those beauty rituals straight out of ancient times, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is! Dating back centuries, Garshana has been hailed as an Ayurvedic medicine, purported to have numerous health benefits. But before you dive headfirst into this seemingly magical practice, let’s talk about why skipping pre-dry brushing preparation steps is something you’ll deeply regret.

WHAT IS GARSHANA?

Garshana is an ancient Ayurvedic practice of dry brushing that has been used for centuries to promote health and well-being. This practice, also known as “polishing or rubbing” in Sanskrit, involves the use of a special brush made from natural fibers to massage the skin in circular motions.

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DON’T RUSH: UNDERSTAND THE BASICS

First things first, let’s understand what dry brushing is all about. It’s a technique where you vigorously brush your skin with natural bristles, typically before you shower. This process isn’t just about exfoliation; it’s believed to enhance circulation, aid in detoxification, and even promote better digestion. Sounds fantastic, right? But here’s the catch – skipping crucial preparation steps can turn your dry brushing dream into a skincare nightmare.

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DON’T IGNORE: POTENTIAL RISKS AND CONSIDERATIONS

While dry brushing boasts a plethora of benefits, it’s not suitable for everyone. Individuals with sensitive skin or certain skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis should exercise caution or consult a healthcare professional before attempting dry brushing. Moreover, areas with open wounds or inflammation should be avoided during the process to prevent further irritation or complications.

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DON’T SKIP: PROPER TECHNIQUES AND SUPPLIES  

To embark on a successful dry brushing journey, you’ll need the right tools and techniques. Opt for a brush with natural bristles and a long handle for optimal reach. May we suggest, UMA Lymphatic Detox Dry Brush? Start from your feet and work your way up in gentle, circular motions, always moving towards your heart. Remember to adjust the pressure based on the thickness of your skin and avoid sensitive areas or those with existing skin issues.

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DON’T UNDERESTIMATE: PRE- DRY BRUSHING RITUALS 

Now, let’s dive into the essential pre-dry brushing rituals that you simply can’t afford to skip:

1. Choose the Right Products: Incorporating body oils like UMA Absolute Anti Aging Body Oil or UMA Citron Glow Body Oil can enhance the dry brushing experience. These oils not only provide lubrication for smoother strokes but also offer additional skincare benefits, nourishing and hydrating the skin.

2. Focus on Lymphatic Drainage: Prioritize UMA Lymphatic Drainage Dry Brushing to optimize the detoxification process. This specialized technique targets the lymphatic system, aiding in the removal of toxins and promoting overall wellness.

WHAT IS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE?

Lymphatic drainage refers to the process by which the lymphatic system works to drain excess tissue fluid back into circulation. The lymphatic system comprises lymphatic vessels, lymphatic organs, lymph nodes, and lymphoid tissue scattered throughout the connective tissue. Lymph, which is essentially tissue fluid, circulates through these lymphatic channels, facilitating the removal of waste products and maintaining fluid balance within the body.

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3. Establish a Routine: Consistency is key when it comes to dry brushing. Set aside dedicated time in your schedule for this ritual, whether it’s a few times a week or daily. By making dry brushing a regular part of your skincare routine, you’ll maximize its benefits over time.

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DON’T OVERDO IT 

Dry brushing might seem like a miracle worker, but moderation is key. Start slow, with just once or thrice a week, and gradually increase the frequency as your skin adjusts. And if your skin starts showing signs of irritation, dial it back or consult a dermatologist.

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DON’T FORGET: POST-DRY BRUSHING CARE  

Once you’ve completed your dry brushing session, don’t neglect post-brushing care. Follow up with a cool shower to rinse off dead skin cells, then moisturize your skin with natural plant oils or hydrating balms. May we suggest UMA Absolute Anti Aging Body Balm or UMA Citron Glow Body Balm? This step helps replenish moisture and seals in the benefits of dry brushing, leaving your skin soft, smooth and rejuvenated.

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DON’T BRUSH ASIDE HYGIENE 

Your dry brush is your skin’s best friend, but only if it’s clean. Rinse your brush after each use and let it dry in a well-ventilated area to prevent mold or mildew. Give it a good cleaning with soap and water at least once a week to keep bacteria at bay.

In conclusion, dry brushing can be a transformative addition to your skincare routine, but only if you approach it with the proper preparation and care. By following these pre-dry brushing rituals and heeding our “don’ts” guide, you’ll set yourself up for a rewarding and fulfilling dry brushing experience. So, before you pick up that brush, remember: don’t skip the preparation steps—you’ll regret it!

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