You brush your hair, and your teeth but do you brush your skin? Ok yeah you branched out that one day to the Korean spa with some girlfriends. But would you do it at home? Here's why you should.
The ancient practice of dry brushing is gaining modern popularity. Dry brushing is offered on the menu at spas in hotels.
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like… brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering.
In dry brushing, the skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
Here are the benefits:
- Lymphatic Support: The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.
- Exfoliation: This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. You will notice much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after dry brushing. Dry brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin.
- Clean Pores: The added benefit of exfoliating the skin, is clearing oil, dirt and residue from the pores. Though it isn’t recommended to dry brush the face unless you have a special, more delicate brush, dry brushing helps improve pores on the rest of the body.
- Cellulite Help: Though the evidence is anecdotal, there are many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helped their cellulite. There isn’t much research to back the cellulite claims, but dry brushing feels great and makes skin softer, so there isn’t really any downside to trying it!
- Increased Energy and Blood Flow: Don't dry brush at night because it tends to give you rush of energy. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. Dry brushing is best a part of a morning routine.
Selecting a Dry Brush
Use a firm natural bristle brush with a handle which allows you to reach your entire back and easily brush the bottoms of my feet and the backs of my legs. There are many options in dry brushes, just make sure to find one with natural bristles.
How to Dry Brush
Dry brushing can be done daily, preferably in the morning before showering.
- Starting at the feet, I brush the bottoms of my feet and up my legs in long, smooth strokes. I typically brush each section of skin 10 times. For lymph flow, always brush toward the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains
- Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart. Again, brush each section of skin 10 times. then repeat the process on your abdomen and back and face with a more delicate brush. Don't brush too hard! A soft, smooth motion often works best.