Dry Brushing for Skin

This practice has been gaining popularity lately and with good reason. I’ve even noticed “dry brushing” as an offering on the menu at spas in hotels I stayed at recently. Dry Brushing has many potential benefits from smoother skin to helping with lymphatic drainage.

So what is it and why should you consider doing it?

Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like… brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering.

In dry brushing, the skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

I’ve been dry brushing my skin for years, mostly because it feels great and makes my skin softer, but there are other benefits as well:

1. Lymphatic Support:

The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.

2. Exfoliation

This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. I noticed much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after I started dry brushing and my skin has stayed soft. Dry brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin. I love this benefit of skin brushing and how soft my skin feels when I do this regularly!

3. Clean Pores (& Smaller Pores!)

The added benefit of exfoliating the skin, is clearing oil, dirt and residue from the pores. Using a specialized smaller gentler dry brush for the face, I notice that my face is softer and my pores are much less noticeable.

4. Cellulite Help

Though the evidence is anecdotal, I’ve found many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helped their cellulite. I talked about this and my other cellulite remedies here. There isn’t much research to back the cellulite claims, but dry brushing feels great and makes skin softer, so there isn’t really any downside to trying it!

5. Natural Energy Boost

I can’t explain why but dry brushing always gives me a natural energy boost. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend dry brushing at night but it is great in the morning. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. Either way, dry brushing is part of my morning routine.

Creating a gallery wall in your home is a great way to make an impact in any room.

It’s easy to install yourself and perfect for a multitude of rooms, whether it’s your living room, child’s room, office or entranceway.

Have fun and don’t be afraid to mix art with photos and affordable prints. They could be fun and simple or meaningful pieces which add value. Minimalistic or bright and busy, there are clever artists and creatives to suit a range of budgets.

I’m not big on following set ‘rules’ – rather I believe, all you need is a few simple tips to make a gallery wall in your own home that you’ll love.

Select your prints and frames

When choosing what prints to hang on your gallery wall, don’t be afraid to mix-up the colour, style and size. Think about what you love. Hang prints you and your family will enjoy looking at each day, not what you think someone else will like.

It’s also good to consider the room you’re creating the gallery wall in – is it your living room, child’s room, office or entranceway? With a specific room in mind, you’re able to tailor the look and feel. In your living room you may choose a more relaxing look and in the office a more inspiring and motivating feel.

When framing your prints, look at incorporating different sizes, colours (white, black and natural timber) and thickness of frames; you may even prefer to leave some unframed. Playing with different proportions will give your wall some texture.

For any art or photographic prints of value, I prefer to have custom frames made to protect the art long term. If you’re hanging cost-effective prints, there are a range of affordable frames you can source through New Zealand department stores.

Consider how you will hang them

If you’re going to use nails or hooks to hang your prints, you’ll need to consider where your wall framing is in order to fix them correctly. Gib walls simply aren’t strong enough on their own to support the weight of framed prints and the last thing you want is your art to fall off the wall and break.

I tend to use 3M hooks (or their equivalent). They’re easy to apply, remove cleanly and the best part – they don’t leave holes in the walls if you choose to rearrange or take them down when moving.

Make sure you follow the instructions with products like these. That includes leaving them overnight before hanging prints to ensure they’ve had time to properly adhere to your walls.

Determine your layout

If you’re anything like me you’ll want to jump straight into hanging your prints. But, if you take a little time beforehand, you’ll save yourself the frustration of having to reposition any.

I start by selecting one large print (your hero piece) that will anchor the gallery, then arrange your remaining prints around it. Placing the hero print off centre will give your gallery wall a more natural feel.

I tend to have an idea in my head of how I’ll want them positioned but always lay the frames out on the floor first, playing with the layout until I’m 100% happy.

Taking a photo on your phone of a few different options can help you narrow down the best layout. It’s also handy to refer to when installing your prints on the wall.

Many of you may be unaware that September is Baby Safety Month. As strong advocates of baby safety, we are proud to introduce our own podcast dedicated to helping parents raise healthy babies. The Healthy Baby Podcast will share meaningful and in-depth advice that ranges across differing pregnancy and parenting topics. In honor of Baby Safety Month, our first monthly podcast features the topic of safe sleep.

Owlet CEO, Kurt Workman, had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the topic of safe sleep with Dr. Joseph Hagerman, neonatologist, and pediatrician with over 30-years of experience. Tune in as they discuss what safe sleep means and why it is important to practice safe sleep with your own children.

Although Baby Safety Month is a good reminder for parents to practice safe sleep, we really want to stress the importance of it. Throughout our podcast, we shared safe sleep recommendations that we believe each parent should follow. Check out our top five safe sleep takeaways from the podcast, as they are outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

5 Safe Sleep Takeaways:

Always place baby on his/her back.
Baby should sleep on a firm sleep surface. The AAP recommends using a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet only.
Soft objects and loose bedding should be kept away from the infant’s sleep area.
It is recommended to room-share, not bed-share, with your baby on a separate sleeping surface.
Avoid overheating by keeping your baby at a comfortable temperature.
You can join the conversation as we discuss infant health in the future with medical and technology experts and learn from experiences shared directly from new and expecting parents.

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