If you take a glance at almost any spa menu, you’ll most likely find an option called “dry brushing.” It’s a wellness trend that boasts a variety of health benefits, and the results are extraordinary. Spa professionals and enthusiasts alike swear by it and sing its praises as a natural remedy for conditions of all kinds, from reducing cellulite to improving digestion.
Now YOU can experience the popular spa treatment from the comfort of your home — without blowing your budget! But it’s important to learn the facts and proper technique before trying the latest spa trend yourself.
So what exactly is dry brushing? It’s exactly what it sounds like! It’s the process of brushing skin in a particular pattern with a dry, long-bristled brush, usually before showering.
There is no scientific evidence on the benefits of dry brushing, but a quality brush only costs about $15 and is available online, and online testimonies about dry brushing are extremely promising. Your skin should feel softer and smoother after just one session, but the health benefits of simply making it a daily habit are even more important.
Take a look at the invaluable benefits of dry brushing below!
1. Lymphatic Support
The lymphatic system is one of the most important parts of the body’s immune system. If the lymphatic system is congested, it can lead to a buildup of toxins, causing inflammation and illness.
The lymphatic system is responsible for collecting, transporting to the blood, and eliminating the waste our cells produce. Since many of these lymph vessels are located just below the skin, spa professionals and proponents of dry brushing claim it helps the body detoxify itself naturally by stimulating the lymphatic system as it stimulates and invigorates the skin.
Dry brushing is one of the easiest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin. The process of running a firm but soft, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating your skin.
Most people can see and feel this benefit after the first time they try dry brushing. Your legs will be so visibly smooth that strangers will ask what your secret to glowing skin is.
3. Prevents ingrown hairs
Those little red bumps are the enemy, but proponents claim that dry brushing may well be the most comprehensive method for conquering ingrown hairs. There’s multiple reports online about ingrown hairs disappearing after regularly dry brushing. By naturally exfoliating the skin, dry brushing keeps ingrown hairs at bay.
4. Clean & smaller pores
Another benefit of exfoliating the skin is clearing oil, dirt and residue from the pores. Dry-brushing enthusiasts even say that the cleansing and shrinking of pores can fight acne problems. Be sure to use a specialized smaller, gentler dry brush for the face though.
5. Cellulite help
Since dry brushing helps eliminate toxins, many professionals claim it can smooth those unsightly lumps and bumps for good. According to Annet King, director of global education for Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute, dry brushing helps remove “stagnant toxins” that break down connective tissue, leading to cellulite.
There’s no conclusive scientific evidence that dry brushing can permanently reduce cottage-cheese thighs. But if you look online, you can easily find many firsthand accounts from people who claim that regular dry brushing tremendously helped their war against cellulite.
6. Natural energy boost
Dry brushing increases circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, which helps them do their jobs better and results in a natural boost of energy.
This is why professionals suggest dry brushing in the morning instead of at night. By adding dry brushing to your morning routine, you’ll start your day off with more energy. Some people don’t even need their daily cup of coffee anymore!
Selecting a dry brush
You will need a natural, non-synthetic bristle brush with a long handle. You can find one online, at a health food store or at a beauty salon.
The longer the handle, the better. This will allow access to hard-to-reach areas like your entire back. You will also be able to easily brush the bottoms of your feet and the backs of your legs.
Choose firm bristles. Doctors claim that cactus or vegetable-derived bristles are ideal for the process of dry brushing. For sensitive areas like your face and chest, you might want to select a no-handle brush with slightly softer bristles.
When you first start dry brushing, you might prefer a softer one. That’s why it’s good to purchase a set of brushes so you have options! Most dry brush sets include a face brush and two body brushes with different levels of firmness.
Here’s how to dry brush:
- Brush very gently on dry skin in clockwise circular movements. Move from the bottoms of the feet all the way up the body towards the heart. Skincare professionals suggest brushing each section of the skin 10 times.
- It’s best to dry brush before showering and use a lotion to moisturize after showering. The bristles will eventually wear out, so you should replace the brush every 6 to 12 months. It’s also recommended to wash the brush every few weeks to remove dead skin cells.
- If you have eczema or chronic dry skin, doctors do not recommend dry brushing. However, if you have keratosis pilaris, a very common condition in which the skin is inflamed with rough, red bumps, dry brushing can help.
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