Dry brushing, what is it good for? Absolutely everything if you ask me.
Getting older (ugh) I noticed that my skin wasn’t the same, especially on my legs. Where they were once smooth, soft and glowing they now slightly resembled a dragon – dry, patchy and dull. Now as much as I love Game of Thrones and can appreciate a good dragon, I don’t want to look like one.
That’s when I discovered dry brushing and it changed my skin for the better. I keep my skincare regime very natural and I don’t like using too many products. My skin responds best to the less is more approach; so dry brushing was a natural fit for me.
Now try and get me to brush my hair and it’s a struggle, I cry, I sob, I eat a box of donuts and then proceed to drag and pull the brush miserably through my long hair. It feels like an accomplishment if I can get one brush stroke without getting caught in a tangle, or taking half my hair with me. Now ask me to dry brush my skin, and it’s another story completely. Grab the wine, turn on Beyonce and watch me transform into a silky, smooth goddess (or that’s just how I feel).
Dry brushing is done with a natural soft-bristle brush, this is important because you don’t want a synthetic fibre as it can hurt and damage your skin. You should dry brush once a day, but I have to admit I forget and usually do it every other day before the shower. Simply brush your skin in gentle long circular motions towards your heart, and that’s it. Be careful not to press to hard, and remember, dry brushing should not hurt.
Let’s get to the good stuff, and talk about why we’re dry brushing in the first place, and the benefits it offers. First things first, you’re the smoothest. Exfoliating is key to remove dead skin and unclog pores, which allows your skin to breathe, and moisturizers to be better able to penetrate more deeply. It also helps release toxins and waste stuck under dead skin cells.
Dry brushing stimulates your lymphatic system to help cleanse the body and get rid of toxins, dead cells and waste. The lymphatic system is responsible for getting rid of them by transferring them to the bloodstream for elimination. The only catch is the lymphatic system requires manual stimulation to move everything along and that’s where dry brushing comes in and get’s the party started.
Another big advantage is decreasing cellulite. We all know that Sally Cellulite is the friend everyone has, but nobody wants. Cellulite is a result of toxic subcutaneous fat and connective tissue that causes dimpling on the skin. Dry brushing is not a miracle cure – you won’t suddenly be Gisele Bundchen, but I have noticed a huge improvement in mine.
Brushing will increase circulation that allows oxygenated blood to get to your skin and other organs faster so they can do their job better. It also helps invigorate and give you energy, and if you’re like me, a zombie in the morning, dry brushing is a great way to get things moving, including myself!