Friday, May 13, 2016
Dry Brushing: What It Is & Why You Should Try It
When I was first asked about dry brushing my first reaction was, “…my teeth?” It was an unfamiliar concept to me. When I learned more about it though, it peaked my interest. We are in our bodies all our lives, so, we should be doing our best to take care of them—both inside and out. Our skin is an outfit that we can never change, we’re stuck with it from day one. So, if you only could wear one outfit for the rest of your life you’d want to make sure it looks good, wouldn’t you?
Spa treatments, dermatology appointments, creams and prescribed medications can all help our skin stay healthy and look healthy, but undoubtedly at a cost. It’s refreshing—to say the least—when you can add an effective, positive, skincare regimen to your routine at little or no cost.
Enter: dry brushing.
The burning question: What is it? Dry brushing is, well, pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Brushing your skin, when it’s dry. It’s a treatment that’s been used for years now that’s both safe, and effective. No harsh chemicals, no laser beams, no hot wax or steam. All you need is a firm brush—one with natural bristles would be perfect—like this one here (opting for a brush with a long handle can be helpful in getting those hard to reach places).
Typically dry brushing is best done before showering. Doing so while standing in the tub—or shower— would actually prove to be the best spot. Due to the fact that the brushing has an exfoliating effect, naturally excess skin will flake, and fall, off. So, doing this in an area where cleaning up is quick and easy would be ideal.
According to Huffington Post dry brushing is something you can do on the reg—that is to say, you can do this daily, even so often as two times a day! Huffington Post also advises in which direction you should be brushing… Starting from the bottom and working your way up. “You should only brush towards the heart,” they report, “Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest.” Remember, too, that this is supposed to be a good thing for your skin. To avoid causing unnecessary discomfort, harm, and irritation, brush hard, but not too hard.
The benefits don’t stop at just being a non-invasive and gentle exfoliant. As MindBodyGreen reports, the list of benefits goes on, and on. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system—helping to detox the body which leads to another benefit: reducing the appearance, and presence, of cellulite. According to MindBodyGreen, “Cellulite is simply toxic materials that have accumulated in your body’s fat cells and are trapped, unable to be eliminated from the body… Dry skin brushing helps to break down any trapped toxins from within the body and helps your body eliminate them through its usual elimination channels.”
As we’ve said before, our skin is the largest organ on our body. It’s got a lot of responsibility, too, protecting us from harm, and acting as a temperature regulator, too. We douse it in perfume, cologne, cream, and cosmetic products so when our pores open up we’re inviting a lot of unwelcome guests in. Wellness Mama acknowledges another benefit of dry brushing: clean pores. “The added benefit of exfoliating the skin, is clearing oil, dirt and residue from the pores. Though it isn’t recommended to dry brush the face unless you have a special, more delicate brush, dry brushing helps improve pores on the rest of the body.”
If you are someone who has highly sensitive skin be mindful of introducing dry brushing into your daily skin routine. Take note of the way in which your skin reacts, and perhaps make this a once per-week add on rather than something to do daily.