It is common to exfoliate skin while in the shower but did you know there are benefits to brushing your skin while it is dry? Used by wellness guru-type celebrities, dry brushing may not have science on its side yet it has been and still is a staple in a full-package spa treatment. However, dry brushing isn’t reserved for a day at the spa and is a simple way to feel invigorated and look fresh.
What is Dry Brushing?
To dry brush, use a brush with natural-bristles to brush your skin while dry preferably just before a shower. This helps exfoliate skin and enhance your skin’s “glow” by increasing blood flow. The purpose to brush while your skin is dry is to increase the blood circulation without decreasing the moisture in your skin the way a hot shower can.
Benefits of Dry Brushing Your Skin for Detox
Little modern research has been done on dry brushing for detox, however it has been an ancient remedy used in traditional healing practices. Anecdotal evidence supports the notion that dry brushing assists in detox by increasing blood circulation while unclogging pores for clear pathways to flush toxins. It is also said that dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system to cause drainage aiding in toxin flushing.
People also report a feeling of invigoration caused by the nervous system stimulation. Detoxification can be a challenging process that is taxing on the body thus the energizing effects of dry brushing can help boost your energy to make it through another day without compromising your detox plan.
How to Dry Brush for Best Effects
It is best to use a natural, stiff-bristle bath brush. Sensitive skin may want a softer bristle. The bristles on body brushes can be made from various options from boar to goat hair and synthetic materials. For ease of accessing hard to reach places it is recommended to find a brush with a long handle.
Start at your feet and work your way up. Make your strokes firm yet gentle. Pressure can be adjusted in more sensitive areas of the body. Use long sweeping motions on your limbs. Use circular motions on your torso and back. A few strokes in each section is sufficient. Over brushing or too much pressure can cause irritation or bleeding. Your skin should not be red or scratched after brushing. Reduce pressure or try a different bristle if your skin becomes irritated.
Shower immediately after dry brushing to wash away all the dead and flaking skin. Many people enjoy moisturizing after the shower to help put moisture back into the skin.
Dry brushing is not recommended for people with sensitive skin or prone to rash. Additionally, those with excessive dry skin, psoriasis, or eczema should not dry brush as it could exacerbate the condition.