There are hundreds of health trends out in the world, many of which do about as much good as snake oil. But one emerging trend, dry brushing, has real benefits that are worth looking into. Skin brushing isn’t a new idea. History is filled with accounts of ancient civilizations using everything from sand to dried corn cobs to remove impurities and detox the largest – and most often overlooked – organ. In modern times, the quest for perfect skin has produced so-called “miracle” products, anti-aging treatments, and even specialized surgery. Maybe it’s time to dip back into ancient wisdom and give the floor over to a tried and trusted method.
Dry brushing is said to provide a multitude of benefits not just on the surface of the skin, but within the body as well. A common claim is that it gives a boost to the lymphatic system, which is the network of tissues and organs that get rid of toxins. It is where the detoxing claim comes from, and it primarily works by increasing circulation. For this reason, it is often recommended that you do not dry brush in the evening, as it can increase energy and make it harder to fall asleep.
On-the-surface benefits include an obvious exfoliation factor. The stiff bristles loosen and remove dead skin cells while also clearing pores, leaving skin smoother and cleaner. Many people claim that dry brushing also helps improve the appearance of cellulite, and while this is not a verified benefit, there are countless anecdotal accounts which swear by it.
A good dry brush can be picked up for as little as $20, which is a small price to pay for a natural and effective health boost. Glowing, tighter skin, a detoxified body, and an instant energy boost? What’s not to love?
How To Dry Brush
After purchasing a dry brush (preferably one with natural fibers), take your clothes off and stand in your shower stall or tub. You will be removing a lot of skin cells, so it’s best to be in a place where you can easily wash them away. Start at your feet and use long, smooth strokes moving up towards your heart. It’s important to always brush towards your heart in order to stimulate circulation. Once you get to your ribcage, switch to brushing your arms and back. The last spot you should get to is your upper chest, and instead of long strokes here you want to use a circular motion. This whole process can take anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes, depending on how thorough you are. When you’re done, take a quick shower. You might be surprised at how invigorated you feel afterward!
A Few Things To Keep In Mind:
- Be careful not to brush too hard; your skin should be pink when you are done, not red or scratched
- Use gentler strokes on sensitive areas like the breasts
- Never brush over open wounds, as this might bring in bacteria and cause an infection
- Try not to dry brush at night if you notice it gives you energy