What is dry brushing?
An ancient beauty art of dry brushing our bodies.
Used on dry skin after cleansing to boost circulation and lymphatic drainage, helping to depuff and define the face and body. Body brushing sweeps away dead skin cells so gently that it’s suitable for sensitive skin, too.
How should you dry brush?
Start by creating a circular skin-flicking action. Brush dry, cleansed skin from the décolleté upwards working in small circular motions, continuing to work the brush upwards and outwards until you’ve buffed it over the entire face, making sure to avoid the delicate eye area. Spend three minutes every night doing this before applying your facial cream or facial oil; it’s a holistic, meditative part of a skincare regime.”
Is it right for your skin?
On the growing list of wellness and beauty treatments billed as “detoxifying,”
Dry brushing is the process of using a brush with stiff bristles against the skin to help exfoliate dead cells from the skin surface and enhance blood flow. Typically, the brushes that are used have long, natural bristles that offer firm resistance against the skin and long handles so that they can be used even on hard to reach areas like the back.” The “dry” part of dry brushing refers to the fact that neither the brush nor your skin should be damp while you do it.
With roots in ancient healing practices, dry brushing is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. Performed in a spa setting or at home.
If you’re considering giving dry brushing a try, start with a medium-firm, plant-based brush for the body. The brush should never break the skin and it also shouldn’t hurt. Also, don’t use the same brush on your face as you do your body, since your face is much more delicate and needs a softer brush.”
Brushing too vigorously or frequently can create small micro-cuts and cause irritation and dryness, so use caution. You should dry brush no more than one to two times per week—and try not to rub so hard as to cause irritation.
Summary of Benefits:
Exfoliation- You may notice less dry skin and much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after dry skin brushing.
Cleans Pores: (& Smaller Pores!)
The added benefit of exfoliating the skin is clearing oil, dirt, and residue from the pores. Use a smaller, gentler dry brush for the face (don’t use the stiffer body brush here… ouch!). You may notice that your face is softer, and pores are much less noticeable.
Though the evidence is anecdotal, I’ve found many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helps to reduce 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!