A Beauty Treatment That Yields Sensational Results
If you follow any sort of self-care board on Pinterest, or beauty account on Instagram or Twitter, then you have most likely seen a thing or two about dry brushing. That’s because this once specialty spa treatment is now becoming a beauty ritual for many. To learn more about dry brushing—including how to dry brush and its benefits—keep reading.
What Is Dry Brushing?
The practice of dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like: brushing your body with a dry brush. Of course, it’s not that simple; to reap the benefits of dry brushing one must brush the skin in a particular motion or pattern, and usually do so before showering. While the idea of dragging dry bristles across dry skin may not sound so calming, dry brushing is an extremely popular spa service that both aestheticians and spa clients swear by. Some say the practice is excellent at exfoliating the skin while others go as far as saying that it reduced cellulite.
Benefits Of Dry Brushing
- As we just mentioned, exfoliation is probably the most obvious of dry brushing benefits. As you run the brush along your skin the bristles loosen up the skin cells to help them naturally exfoliate and begin the process of cell turnover. Many people notice softer skin in just days with no other changes to their skincare routine besides dry brushing.
- While brushing the skin you will also stimulate the body’s normal lymph flow by briefly contacting the lymph nodes, skin ducts, and blood vessels. This means the dry brushing supports the lymphatic system and encourages the body to naturally detoxify itself.
- In addition to exfoliating the skin, dry brushing also helps to shrink the pores by loosening up the dirt and oil that you can’t always get with soap and water. For this reason, many people use a smaller dry brush for the face.
- While there isn’t concrete support to the claim that dry brushing can permanently reduce cellulite, some people are firm believers of its ability to do so. What we can say for certain is that this is a method to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite, as the brushing may leave the skin slightly swollen or plump.
How To Dry Brush
The idea is to start at the tips of your body and brush towards the center of your heart. Start by brushing the bottom of your feet, then move to the tops of your feet and begin pulling smooth strokes on all sides of your legs, up towards your knees, then towards your hips. Then move your arms, start with the palms of your hands, then the tops of your hands, brushing from your wrists to elbows, the up to your shoulders. Now move the brush in a circular, clockwise motion on your armpits, stomach, back, bum, and chest. Finally, use a more delicate brush for your face and neck—guide the brush in clockwise circles around the face, and gentle downward strokes on the neck.
There are a few other things to keep in mind when dry brushing, the first being that it should not hurt; if your skin hurts or is red from brushing, apply less pressure. Your skin should have a painless pink glow immediately after. Some prefer to brush right before showering, this way they can rinse off any dead skin. Others prefer to do it after they’ve showered or before bed, if this is the case for you, be sure to spray body oil onto the brush before brushing. Finally, try to wash the brush once per week and expect to replace the brush every 12 months or so.