How to Dry Brush Your Face
Here are step by step instruction to dry brushing your face.
- Your face should be completely dry and cleaned. This should happen one-two days a week for normal, dry, and aging skin or three-four times a week for oily skin. All makeup should be removed before dry brushing.
- Avoid synthetic bristles. They can damage your skin. Natural bristles are better for your skin.
- Tie your hair back if it is needed. You can also use a headband if need be. Remove all obstacles that would normally be on your face. This includes eyeglasses.
- Be sure to use very light strokes. Begin stroking at the neck and work towards the forehead. Each area should be stroked about 5 times. There are step by step instructions below.
- When you are done dry brushing rinse your face and apply moisturizer. This will help hydrate your face. It is also recommended that you drink a glass of water for the same reason.
- Use gentle upward movement to lift the facial muscles and lightly curve brush down to finish with a light brush stroke. It is in an upside down U shape. Light pressure up and soft stroke down.
- Be careful never to stretch the skin. The first couple of months be extra gentle, the sensation should be pleasantly stimulating.
- Stop immediately if it doesn’t feel good or your skin has an allergic reaction.
Here are the important things you need to aware for dry brush your face
Use Lighter Strokes than Body Brushing.
Facial skin is generally more fragile than other types of skin. This is especially true to the skin in near proximity to the eyes. With this being said, gentle strokes should be used when brushing your face. When skin brushing you can use firmer strokes for higher effectiveness. Begin stroking with soft, light strokes in your face without stretching it and applying too much force.
Face brushing is done less than often than body brushing.
Your body should be brushed on a daily basis. Your face does not need as much brushing. If your skin is dry and aging, you will benefit from two brushing a week. If your skin is normal but oily in the “T Zone” you should consider brushing the oiler section on additional days. This helps in a few different ways. It helps prevent blemishes and also releases toxins that cause the clogging of pores. Do not brush near open sores, cuts or other blemishes. Blackheads and whiteheads are excluded.
Direction of Strokes.
If you are doing this correctly it should never hurt. Brushstroke should always be firm and in the direction of your heart. Body brushing should begin at the feet and work up the body. Make sure to pay special care to rougher areas such as elbows and knees. Also pay special attention to lymph-rich areas such as under your arms. Face brushing uses a different method. Below are instructions to do face brushing properly.
How to do face brushing properly
- Begin brushing from your shoulders and breasts inwards.
- Neck area – Brush in an upward motion towards the middle and sides. This is in the direction of your chin and ears. Lightly brush under your chin the small strokes to help firm the skin. This will bring it into simulation. This is often where we begin to sag as we age.
- Move to Chin – Make an inverted strokes along your chin.
- Go to your cheeks – Do circular motions up and outwards and return to where you started.
- Upper lip – You should begin in the middle and brush in an outwards motion. You should follow this pattern: left on your left side, middle of right in your right side. then go to your nose area. Small circular motions should be made on your nose followed by moving towards the brow area.
- Around the eyes – Stroke gently up and near your brows in a circular motion. Gently trace your eyes while moving towards the right side and left side.
- The last is your forehead – Move from the middle to the right and then towards the left.
Practice makes it perfect. When you get better and faster at it, it will take no time at all. It should take less than 10 minutes.
- Be gentle on your facial skin. Brushing too hard can cause damage and break capillaries. Do not overdo exfoliation and stimulation. They are beneficial but only in small doses.
- If your skin is getting red or dry you need to cut back on the brushing. You can either reduce how often you do it or change your process.
- In the case of sensitive skin or any conditions consult a dermatologist before beginning face brushing.
- Do not share your brush.
- Do not use your brush in combination of other regiments. This will be too harsh on your skin. It is recommended that you wait about a week before doing any chemical peels safely.
Care of & cleansing your brushes
- Your dry skin brush can be rinsed off with warm water and soap then let to air dry.
- If your skin is oily or flaky (or you have pimples) you brush should be treated specially. Consider microwaving it for a few seconds to help kill any bacteria. This will also help avoid acne.
- One dermatologist advised was the use of cornmeal. You can work some through your brush to allow it to absorb the oils and dirts. Do not wet the brush in this process. When you are done, shake it out well.
- Your brush should be 100% dry before use. Do not leave it in a damp area where mildew is common. If the area is humid put it in the microwave was mentioned previously or leave it in the sun.
- Always cut and trim your hair when it is dry.
- Do not cut with wet hair because your hair will shrink when it dries making the length shorter than you want.
- Trim every 3 weeks to maintain the bangs.
For long side bangs, make sure the leveler is facing inward so you can cut evenly. Follow the guide as you guide. Then slightly tilt the clip and trim when you get towards the end .
For straight bangs, trim in front of the mirror, gather all the bangs and clip, make sure the leveler is facing outward towards the mirror. Once you have the clip in place, slide down and level out the clip using the leveler as your guide. Trim only 1 ½” If it is still too long, you can go back and repeat till you get the length you want.
For Textured straight bangs, gather your bangs, clip it, and snip small amounts at a 45 degree angle to give you a soft textured look.
How to trim with a clipper to get the very straight blunt bangs:
- In front of the mirror, gather all the bangs and clip. Make sure the leveler is facing outward towards the mirror.
- Once you have the clip in place, slide down and level out the clip using the leveler as your guide.
- Take the clipper and just push it against the clip to have it cut straight and even.
- For the perfect angle, cut the level from the clip, gather the hair then clip the hair.
- Tilt the clip from the opposite eye to the chin, rotate the leveler and tilt the level slowly. This will give you the exact angle to cut.
- Put the leveler back in line with the clip then trim
For additional texture to your bangs, gather most of your bangs. Clip the hair, pull the hair upwards, and trim the top.