While there haven’t been formal studies done on dry skin brushing and its effects, many experts agree that this technique has significant benefits to the skin. It uses a brush with stiff bristles to scrub off dead cells on the surface of the skin, which ultimately promotes blood flow. This treatment is becoming a popular trend not only in the U.S., but all over the world; with many users turning to it for its potential benefits. According to the natural health community, dry brushing is among the best things one could do for their skin. Continue reading this guide to learn more about the health benefits of dry skin brushing.
What Is Dry Skin Brushing?
It’s a type of Ayurvedic medicine that’s been around for many years. A firm bristle brush is used to scrub skin from head to toe. It’s known as dry brushing as one is not scrubbing while bathing or showering. Instead, both the skin and brush are completely dry, although some people may apply some oil to their brush before using it. I always do it on dry skin, as recommended.
Dry brushing can be done as a body treatment package at spas but, but you can also do this treatment at home by yourself and reap its benefits. You only need a brush, which isn’t expensive. I bought my dry brush from Amazon, I have it for 2 year now and is still doing its job.
Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
Like any other exfoliation method, dry brushing helps get rid of oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. Therefore, leading to an increased cell turnover and smooth, radiant skin. Not only that, but it helped me reduce painful or irritating ingrown hairs.
- Promotes Blood Circulation
Your skin can become red after brushing. However, this isn’t concerning since the redness is a result of increased blood circulation in areas that have been dry brushed. The body simply pushes blood in these areas.
- Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite
Cellulite is a common condition in women. Areas affected by cellulite look rippled or have a cottage cheese appearance. Fortunately, massage has proven beneficial in reducing cellulite appearance temporarily. Some people also claim that dry brushing cellulite can help improve one’s appearance and promote smooth skin.
- Helps your Lymphatic System to Flush the Nasty Toxins Away
A dry brush is an easy and affordable way to boost your lymph system at home. In order to get the best results, do the brushing in circular motion, starting from your feet up to your body. I always insist on my lymph points, especially those one on the armpits.
Are There Any Side Effects of Dry Brushing?
This treatment is, in most cases, safe. But it isn’t for everyone. Some common drawbacks include;
- Skin irritation- it usually happens when you brush too often or too hard or if your skin is sensitive. Your skin can be red or pink after brushing. However, one shouldn’t sting or burn afterward.
- Dry skin- this technique can make your skin feel dry. So my advice to you: please please moisturise heavily after brushing to prevent dryness.
- Scratches and infections: If you brush too hard you might get scorched easily and might get infected. So try to avoid the areas where you are injured and don’t brush your skin too harsh.
Dry Brushing Steps
This technique doesn’t just involve scrubbing a brush randomly all over your body. There’s a proper method of doing it. Experts recommend using a natural fiber brush that has a long handle to help reach all areas of your body. Or have 2 of them, as I do and mix them 🙂
Here are the proper steps to follow:
- Ensure that your skin is completely dry.
- Start brushing from your feet going upward.
- Brush using wide circular motions in a clockwise direction.
- In thin areas, use light pressure, while in thicker skin like your sole and feet, use hard pressure.
- Once you’re done, shower, dry off, then moisturize using a natural plant oil like olive or coconut oil.
How Often Should Your Dry Brush?
Dry brushing can leave your skin raw. It’s why experts advise individuals to brush only one or two times a week. However, you can do it more frequently, depending on your skin; each body and skin is different. When you’re starting this technique, I would advise you to begin with light brushing and increase the pressure gradually while monitoring how your skin reacts. Additionally, avoid brushing areas where the skin is broken such as areas with wounds, cuts, infections, and rashes.
Dry brushing can leave your skin soft and smooth. But, remember to treat your skin gently. Rough brushing won’t give you better results. Also, be realistic about the dry skin brushing benefits you expect to reap. Remember that it’s not a cure-all solution.