What’s the deal with dry brushing?
Dry brushing seems to gaining in popularity but many still don’t know what it is, how to do it, or what the benefits of dry brushing are. Look no further! Right here I’ll share everything I know about dry brushing and why I try to include it in my daily routine.
What is dry brushing?
This popular skin treatment has been used by men and women for as long as there have been men, women, and brushes. Dry brushing is the act of using a special brush to massage the surface of the skin with varied techniques and pressure levels.
But, why do people do it? See below. 😉
How do I dry brush?
Look for a natural stiff-bristled brush to use during this process. The natural bristles will be the perfect combination of durable, gentle, and coarse giving you the optimum exfoliation and circulation benefits. The most convenient time to dry brush your skin is before a shower or bath, while both you and your brush are completely dry. Brushing your skin in a combination of long strokes and delicate circular motions that are stimulating but not irritating removes dead skin cells and stimulates your blood flow. Start from your feet and head upwards towards your heart! Working in this direction will help to stimulate your lymphatic system and aid in detoxification.
Look for a brush that’s
Made of natural fibers including cactus, or boar bristles
Can be easily maneuvered across your body – I love the Voya Exfoliating Body Brush
Or you can grab this kit on Amazon that has a variety of brushes and exfoliators
What are the benefits of dry brushing?
Perhaps the most obvious benefit – dry brushing is the ultimate exfoliating experience! Dry brushing before you shower or bathe readies your skin to slough off dry, dead cells. Removing these dull cells gives your skin a bright and beautiful glow – naturally! Some believe that dry brushing reduces the appearance of cellulite and helps detoxify the system by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymphatic system to flow and drain. Others just enjoy the incredible exfoliation and naturally improved circulation that occurs during brushing. More benefits of dry brushing include:
The massage & release of tension can be a relaxing addition to your day, relieving stress, and caring for your whole self.
Tone up the look of your skin! Dry brushing could help distribute fat cells and smooth the look of your skin. This simple process can assist in the reduced appearance of cellulite + break down toxins accumulated in the body!
Stimulate your nervous system – giving attention to every inch of your body will send blood flowing there and thus stimulate your nerve endings. (Ahhh, that feels nice!)
I love that this process is all natural, and I’ve found it to be a wonderful way to “check in” with my body every day. Take just a few minutes to stroke each square inch from head to toe, wash away your dead skin cells, and start each day with a clean slate! After I dry brush I shower as I normally would and treat my skin with my favorite Epicuren after bath moisturizer or Beautycounter Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa.