We've seen it everywhere in the beauty community and it's all over health magazines. Dry brushing is a practice that has been gaining popularity and for a good reason. This week our team decided to sit down and reveal all the beauty and health benefits behind dry brushing.
Our skin is the largest organ of the human body, and as such is an organ of elimination, so it makes sense for exfoliation and detoxification to take some part in our shower routine. With dry brushing, it is easy to incorporate this to your routine, feels just as good when you do it yourself, and the results are even more rewarding.
What is dry brushing?
In a nutshell, dry brushing is the technique of brushing the skin in a circular motion with a soft, but firm dry brush, usually prior to showering. This technique, if practiced regularly, could be essential for a detox routine. If you stick with it and make it into a permanent habit, the long-term benefits include:
- a boost in blood circulation
- dead skin cell exfoliation
- lymphatic support
- improvement in appearance of cellulite
- improved digestion
- energy boost
- general body waste removal
A closer look at dry brushing benefits
1. Lymphatic Support
Stimulation of the lymphatic system is at the core of the technique's benefits. The lymphatic system is a major part of our body's immune system. It is responsible for collecting, transporting, and eventually eliminating the waste that our cells produce. Many of these lymph vessels run right below the skin. By invigorating the skin, dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system and therefore prevents toxin buildup in our bodies, which may cause internal and/or external inflammation.
Dry brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate the skin. The technique loosens and removes dead skin cells, while clearing the pores from oil and impurities. By unclogging our pores, dry brushing helps skin absorb more of the nutrients that we will be feeding it when we moisturize during and after showering. The best part is that results appear right away in the shape of smooth and glowing skin, and stay with us if we make the practice a habit.
3. Cellulite Reduction
Although there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims, some people swear by dry brushing when it comes to minimizing the appearance of cellulite. Anecdotal evidence claims that regular dry brushing really helps with reducing cellulite. Again, even though we don't have any research to back this up, dry brushing has other amazing benefits and feels great on the skin, so really there is no reason not to try it.
4. All Natural Energy Boost
The practice of dry brushing increases blood circulation and many people have said to have higher energy levels after incorporating dry brushing in their lives. You should feel that energy boost after just one session. Some people even claim that the boost in circulation has helped them with their digestive issues and skin problems like acne.
Glam Tip: We recommend dry brushing in the morning rather than at night, since it can indeed feel a bit too energizing.
How to dry brush?
First off, how do you choose the right dry brush for you? We currently have two options on the market and it is up to you which one would work better for your needs. A short dry brush makes it easier to use all over your body, while a long dry brush allows you to get to those hard-to-reach areas such as the middle of your back. We always recommend purchasing a natural (not synthetic) bristle dry brush.
Once you've chosen your dry brush, you begin the process and there are indeed several great tips that you can follow.
1. Start at your feet and brush upward. Similarly, when you brush your arms, start with your hands and work upward toward the chest area. A rule of thumb is to always brush toward the center of the body toward the chest area, since this is where the lymph system drains.
2. Work in circular motions, or use small, firm upward strokes.
3. You can use the brush dry, hence dry brushing, however, you can also put a little bit of body oil on the brush and work that into the skin the same way you would dry brush.
4. Timing is up to you, but you should dedicate a good 3-5 minutes to dry brushing before hopping in the shower. After you're done showering, apply body oil or lotion as you normally would.
Glam Tip: If you choose to put body oil on your dry brush, you should first shower and then dry brush. If you choose not to use oil, simply dry brush, then shower, and then apply your oil or lotion.
Note: Having slightly pink skin is normal after dry brushing. Just make sure that your skin is never red, stinging, or burning. Harsh exfoliation is not the point. You should always make sure that you are gentle with your skin, and be careful not to break, scratch, or damage it.