What Is Dry Brushing And Why Should You Try It?
Everyone brushes their hair and teeth in a bid to stay looking gorgeous and healthy. But have you ever thought about brushing your skin? Probably not!
Dry brushing for skin sounds radical, but often the silliest sounding ideas are the best.
It’s not an old idea by any means – dry brushing is actually an ancient practice that is finally gaining acceptance in our modern world.
I’ve even seen dry brushing offered at spas in hotels!
But what is it exactly?
In a nutshell, dry brushing isn’t much different to what it sounds like: You brush your skin in a certain pattern using a dry brush and then take a shower.
Usually, you brush the skin toward your heart, beginning down a your feet and working up your body.
Here are a few reasons why you should add it to your beauty regime:
It Provides Lymphatic Support
The lymphatic system plays a huge role in maintaining your immune system. Made up of lymph nodes organs, vessels and ducts that are responsible for sending lymph throughout your body, it’s crucial that you look after it by looking after your body.
Lots of the lymph vessels exist just underneath your skin’s surface, and by dry brushing your skin, you can better stimulate their normal flow within your body.
This, in turn, helps your body to detoxify itself.
It’s Good Exfoliation
The first time you dry brush is the time you notice its exfoliating benefits.
When you run a firm, bristled brush over the surface of your skin, dead skin cells are loosened and even removed. This, therefore, is a natural way of exfoliating your skin.
Before I began dry brushing, my skin was tough and coarse. Within just a few days of dry brushing, it was soft – and has remained soft ever since.
Dry brushing, indeed, is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to exfoliate your skin naturally.
Dry Brushing Can Reduce Cellulite
I remember as a kid flicking through my mom’s women magazines. I was horrified whenever I came across invasive pictures of female celebrities on the beach with fat hanging off their legs and arms.
My mom told me it was cellulite and scorned me for pulling a face and saying it was disgusting.
As I got older, I realised that it’s more disgusting that these magazines highlight a woman’s cellulite.
Moreover, I also realised that cellulite is something that afflicts us all.
The truth is that cellulite is unsightly and it can mess with your confidence. Dry brushing can help by softening the tough fat deposits that hang from the skin. It can also more evenly distribute these fat despots, which can in time reduce cellulite so that it’s pretty much non existent.
Dry brushing helps in other ways, too; for example, it can eliminate nasty toxins that have broken down your connective tissue.
According to a piece by The Huffington Post:
“When we’d heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs.”
Dry Brushing Can Relieve Symptoms Of Stress
In 2016, many of us are more stressed than ever. But it isn’t just work that can make a woman stressed; our personal appearance have effect us too.
When our skin is not looking at its best, it’s easy to get upset.
Then, we get stressed when everything we try in an attempt to improve our situation just doesn’t work.
Dry brushing has been described by some converts as meditative, particularly if you do it somewhere peaceful. Just the simple act of dry brushing can be enough to bring a degree of tranquility to your soul, calming your mind and relieving stress.
In a way, dry brushing is similar to a whole-body massage – a light one, of course!
Dry Brushing Makes Your Skin Brighter
We’d all like our skin to glow a bit more (or a lot more), but nothing seems to work. Dry skin brushing works.
Dry brushing brightens your skin because it stimulates below the surface, which basically means that it gets your blood flowing.
And when your blood flows better, you look brighter!
It Saves You Money
There are lots of other methods that are supposed to give you back your healthy, beautiful skin, but most of them cost a lot of money.
Dry skin brushing, however, costs very little.
You can pick up a good brush for around $10, and they last a long time.
The best thing? It actually works!
Dry Brushing Really Is Invigorating!
I started dry brushing just over a year ago when my skin was at its worst. I didn’t think it would work, but not only did it work, I also found it meditative – and invigorating.
It’s easy to become addicted to dry brushing.
Because it feels so amazing!
Not only do you get glowing, beautiful skin, but you also feel more positive and happier about life.
Looking and feeling better. What is there to not like about that?!
It should also be mentioned that dry skin brushing is not for everyone. It works, but women who have a skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis, should consult their doctor before trying it. Even if you have sensitive skin or so-called “prickly skin” you might want to see your doctor before dry brushing.
You should always inspect your skin thoroughly for wounds before dry brushing, as not only could it irritate the wound and cause it to bleed, but it could also introduce bacteria which might result in an infection.
You should also avoid brushing your face unless you’ve bought a softer brush that was designed for this reason.
When purchasing a brush, find with with natural fibre bristles that has a long handle. This will help you to reach parts of your body that would otherwise be difficult.
Brushing before a shower is advised because you can clean the areas once you’re all done.
Do you know other benefits of dry brushing?