Professionals throughout the self-care industry share the many benefits of dry brushing. The promises of what dry brushing can do for you are excessive—almost promising a fountain of youth type miracle for your skin. Although a simple brush cannot retain your youth, dry brushing does offer a few worthwhile benefits.
1. Full body exfoliation
Dry brushing is a technique that is used from toe to head, helping to unclog pores and exfoliate. The gentle circular motions helps remove dead skin cells, dirt, and dry skin. This exfoliation brightens skin and can help prevent ingrown hairs.
2. Increased circulation
The stimulation of the dry brush across your skin increases your blood circulation for a short period of time. It’s a bit like when you’re out on a cold day and your cheeks turn rosy. Your nerve endings wake up as you brush across your skin.
3. Reduces tension
The gentle, circular motion of dry brushing can help you relax. Our muscles knot up and carry a lot of our stress, whether from work or sleeping in an uncomfortable position. Dry brushing helps to relieve the tension in your muscles by increasing the blood flow around them.
4. Plump and glowing skin
While dry brushing cannot rid you of cellulite, it can help your blood vessels to warm, relax, and widen. For a brief period of time, your cellulite may seem to disappear because of the stimulated skin and blood vessels. Once the blood vessels constrict again, the cellulite will return. But for a brief period of time, your skin will appear plumper and glowing.
5. Better retention of moisturizer
Dry brushing opens up the skin’s pores, which allows your skin to soak in hydration more efficiently. Therefore, after dry brushing, you should set aside a few minutes to moisturize. Reach for your favorite lotion or use coconut oil to hydrate your skin.
6. Start the day off well
Spending a few minutes dry brushing your body can be the best way to begin the day. The gentle and therapeutic movements will bring focus and help you relax as you head into whatever is waiting for you. This bit of self-care can set the tone for your entire day.
Quick How-To: Dry Brushing
To begin dry brushing, you’ll need to choose a dry brush with stiff bristles, but not so firm they’ll be too rough against your skin. You may also want to select a brush with natural bristles. Other options include an exfoliating mitt or washcloth.
Brush your skin when it’s dry
Use circular and smooth strokes
Move from toes to heart and neck to low back
Don’t brush injured skin
Shower after dry brushing
Moisturize your skin
Scientifically, dry brushing is not necessary for your skin’s health since your skin replenishes every 28 days and the circulatory system rids toxins on its own. But dry brushing can feel like a massage, and that can be mentally and emotionally beneficial to you. If it makes you happy, then you should dry brush because happiness is a vital and healthy benefit!