Sometimes we can be so good about taking care of ourselves and yet overlook one of our most important organs, the skin. Now I’m not referring to just our face and neck. Yes, stay on top of that, but I’m talking about the rest of the body. Sure, we shower or bathe, we may slather on lotion but is it enough? When dry brushing was first brought to my attention, I raised the only eyebrow I can raise and thought, just another ridiculous thing for me to add to my routine when I already exfoliate in the shower. No need for this! I was so wrong (I know, it happens).
Let’s talk about the benefits
- It helps shed dead skin cells boosting cell renewal so you can begin to see smoother and brighter skin within a couple of days. If you stick with this daily, your skin will remain silky smooth.
- It will help unclog pores allowing the skin to better absorb nutrients, not to mention really soaking in that body lotion. Remember, unclogged pores = smaller pores.
- It can aid in cellulite reduction and muscle toning. That is not to say dry brushing can replace a healthy diet and exercise program (sorry!). This claim is merely based on individual experiences and not based on any submitted research that I could find. The theory is it can help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue. Some believe the effect is temporary (and mostly a result of skin become more plump and swollen after brushing).
- The Huffington Post reported1 “When we’d heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs.”
It’s also good for your health
Let’s get into the health benefits, like increased circulation. Improved circulation results in better elimination of metabolic waste from the body, which is carried out in humans by the lungs, kidneys and, of course, our skin.
- It will stimulate your lymphatic system, aiding in detoxification, boosting your immune system and hormone balance.
- Dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function. According to one skin care and spa expert:2
- “…many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more.”
- Some that practice dry brushing also comment on it as stress relief, almost as a meditation practice; invigorating, in that it “wakes” the body in the morning; and some say it leads to healthier habits. If you take the time to care for your whole body in the morning, it leads to healthier decisions throughout the day.
Now the How-To
Before you even get started, I suggest having a glass of water to start your morning. Not only is that good for prepping your dry brushing routine, but it is also a healthy way to kick start your body’s functions in the morning. Now, time to take off those clothes and hop in your shower!
- Always brush your dry body before you shower. This way you are washing away the dead skin and impurities after you are finished brushing.
- I like to brush toe-to-head, making sure to brush your entire body. Use long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet and up to your hips, then from the hands towards the shoulders. Brush in a counter clock-wise, circular motion over your abdomen and then brush up towards the heart on the remainder of our torso. Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.
- Avoid any sensitive areas, varicose veins, and/or anywhere the skin is broken. If you have skin conditions such as eczema, consult your physician prior to dry brushing.
- Some do use dry brushing techniques on their face however I avoid it. I use my skincare for exfoliation and care of that area.
- Love essential oils? You can add a drop or two of your favorite oils to the dry brush before you begin. Make sure if it needs a carrier oil that, you add it to something like fractionated coconut oil. ALWAYS test your skin with anything you plan to apply prior to full usage. You want to avoid having a bad reaction!
- Finish up with your regular shower and avoid using exfoliating scrubs after you have dry brushed.
- After getting out of the shower, dry off apply tour favorite body lotion or oils
- Clean your skin brush using soap and water once a week and allow it to sit in an open space to avoid mildew.
It is suggested to dry brush at least twice a week. I have started doing this before every shower.
Which Brush is the Best?
According to Vive Health3, these are the 8 best dry brushes available today:
- Luxurious Body Brushing Bundle by Minamul
- Body and Face Brush Set by Spa Verde (This is the set I own)
- Shower Body Brush by Vive
- Tampico Skin Brush by Yerba Prima
- Body Brush Exfoliation System by ZEN ME
- Boar Bristle Body Brush by Touch Me
- Dry/Wet Body Brush by C.S.M.
- Dry Skin Body Brush by Wholesome Beauty
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