Who knew that something as simple as brushing your skin with a dry brush could make such a difference? This age-old practice of dry brushing has been around for centuries and used by cultures around the world. But it’s only recently gained popularity in the West. While we should all be doing more to take care of our skin, dry brushing is an easy way to get glowing skin without putting in too much effort. Let’s explore how you can incorporate this practice into your daily routine.
What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is just as it sounds — rather than using oil or water, you use a special brush on dry skin. It’s a gentle form of exfoliation that helps remove dead skin cells and encourages cell renewal. This helps enhance blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and detoxify the body. Plus, it can even boost your mood and make your skin healthier— all without any harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients.
Benefits of dry brushing
Dry brushing helps to stimulate your circulation, bringing more oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the tissues. You may notice that your skin is red after dry brushing, it’s the result of a bit of inflammation, the result of increased circulation in the areas you’ve been brushing. The increased blood circulation to the skin helps to flush toxins from your body. It also stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps to eliminate toxins that are released during digestion and metabolism.
Dry brushing removes dead skin cells, revealing brighter, smoother skin beneath. Regularly exfoliating your skin can help keep it healthy and clear of blemishes caused by clogged pores. In addition, exfoliation increases cell turnover rate which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Dry brushing can help to detoxify the skin by removing impurities that build up due to environmental pollutants and makeup. Not to mention it also encourages detoxification by boosting blood circulation and aiding lymphatic drainage. As a result of this process, your body is able to naturally sweat out any toxins present in your system with relative ease.
Stimulates the nervous system and improves mood
Dry brushing helps stimulate the nervous system as it increases blood circulation to nerve endings. This can help to reduce stress and tension, as well as improve your overall mood. Additionally, dry brushing can help relax muscles, which in turn reduces inflammation and pain in joints and other areas of the body.
Plumps the skin
Dry brushing has been gaining in popularity due to its ability to help give the skin a more youthful, radiant look. This is because it helps to plump the skin, giving it a fuller and smoother appearance that can also make wrinkles less noticeable. Though the effects may not be permanent, many who practice regular dry brushing have claimed that it helps reduce cellulite and unsightly sun damage. This is due to the temporary plumping action which seems to temporarily tighten and smooth the skin when done correctly.
Unclogs skin pores
Along with exfoliating properties, dry brushing can unclog blocked pores that may cause acne or other skin irritations if left untreated. Unclogging these pores allows your skin to breathe more easily, helping it to remain healthy and clear.
Gives skin a healthy and radiant glow
All these benefits can add up to healthier-looking skin. Improved circulation, exfoliation, plumping and clearing of pores add up to a glowing complexion. When your skin looks healthy and radiant, you’ll feel more confident in yourself and look healthier overall.
What brush should I use to dry brush?
Look for a natural bristle brush, preferably one that has a long handle for those hard-to-reach areas. Choosing the right bristles is essential—some are stiffer than others depending on what works best for you and your individual sensitivity levels. If you like options and the ability to switch up the firmness, a set might be an ideal choice. For best results, I suggest swapping out your brush every 6-12 months as the bristles will begin to wear down over time. Additionally, it’s a good idea to clean it frequently with soap and water—at least once every two week—so you can wash away any unwanted skin cells that could be lingering on the surface.
How to dry brush your skin
- It’s best to dry brush right before you shower.
- Begin your dry brushing session with gentle, circular strokes on the soles of your feet.
- Move up your legs in long sweeping motions towards your heart.
- Use long and gentle strokes. This helps move lymph fluid upwards with a steady rhythm.
- Brush each section more than once by overlapping your strokes.
- Keep the brush pressed against the skin lightly so you don’t cause irritation.
- Move onto your stomach and chest area, using circular strokes.
- After you have brushed your feet, legs, and mid-section, brush your arms in the same manner, starting at the hands and towards the heart again.
- Finish by brushing the neck and shoulders with strokes going toward your heart
- Spend a few minutes to relax after dry brushing and enjoy the increased sense of wellbeing.
- Shower or bathe afterwards to wash away any excess skin cells.
- Rehydrate and add moisture, you can apply a natural oil after your shower for maximum relaxation and hydration.
Adding dry brushing into your daily routine can provide numerous benefits including improved circulation, exfoliation of dead skin cells, improved detoxification processes, relaxation, and great looking skin. Plus it’s quick and easy—all it takes is 10-15 minutes each day. So if you’re looking for an easy way to add some extra pampering into your day-to-day life, try incorporating dry brushing into your beauty regimen. Give it a try.