You probably use several brushes in your daily health and beauty routine, but, there is another brush that may help, too! Exfoliation is a critical part of a great skin care routine as it creates a wonderfully smooth complexion. But, a technique using a special brush for your body - a dry brush - and regularly dry brushing your body is exfoliation amplified. Some consider it part of their beauty routine, but dry brushing? It does so much more than just bring on that beauty glow.
Roll down to learn more why you should consider dry brushing a regular beauty and health habit and why it is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective routines to promote healthy skin and body.
10 Health & Beauty Benefits to Dry Brushing Your Skin
1. Dull, dead skin is buffed away in seconds.
The act of brushing sloughs off dry skin exposing a new, youthful layer. And, after you dry brush your legs, you can get the closest shave ever!
2. Your complexion takes on a beautiful glow.
The blood flow it creates gives a rosy complexion and tighter skin.
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3. Acne is diminished.
Dry brushing opens and clears the pores of dirt and grime that could contribute to acne.
Serums or moisturizers you use after dry brushing can be readily absorbed because of the pore-opening results of the technique.
5. Some say it can help banish cellulite.
No scientific proof on this one, but many claim it helps diminish that stubborn combination of fat and connective tissue.
As if that isn't impressive enough, read on to the health benefits:
6. Circulation is enhanced.
Dry brushing wakes up the circulatory and lymphatic systems bringing blood to your organs as well as filtering waste. Find out more here about how our circulatory and lymphatic systems work and why they are so crucial.
7. Dry brushing can help detoxify your body.
It helps move the lymphatic system along, therefore, drainage of fluids.
8. Your kidneys and colon will thank you.
The heightened circulatory and lymphatic system aids in digestion and kidney function.
9. Dry brushing regularly keeps you aware of your body and any changes.
Dry brushing is a great time to do skin exams. It keeps you aware of any changes you may notice over time to moles or texture, etc.
10. The act can energize you!
Dry brushing enhances your level of alertness as it is invigorating. Dry skin brushing also rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin. It really wakes you up!
3 Steps to Dry Brush Your Skin The Right Way
The dry brush method really takes only minutes, but keep in mind these tips and 3-step process to get it right.
Here are 5 tips to remember:
- Always brush towards the heart with long, graceful, upward sweeps.
- Avoid harsh movements or back and forth sweeps.
- Do not brush too hard. Your skin may be pink from increased blood flow but this should not hurt.
- Do not brush sensitive area like your face or injured or bruised skin or scrapes, cuts, etc.
- Many find the ideal time to dry brush is before showering or bathing for the day. It can be energizing so you may want to think about this as part of your morning routine - every day or even a few times a week depending on your skin sensitivity. Place the brush near your towel so you won't forget!
Here is a 3 step method to dry brush:
- Start brushing your skin at your feet and work up your legs (front and back) and hips one at a time.
- Next, start brushing up your torso, your sides and your back. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise.
- Then, work the brush from your hands up the arms, both sides, toward your chest. Sweep over your shoulders onto your chest as well. On your neck, brush down towards your heart.
The Best Type of Dry Brushes
- Your dry brush should contain bristles that are natural, not synthetic.
- The bristles should be somewhat stiff, but not too hard.
- Look for one that is comfortable in your hand and that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, too.
I, personally, own this Merben Jute Body Brush with short handle and love it. But, I hear this long handled dry brush is great too! Both are at Amazon. I only link to products I actually use and find to be of excellent value.
But, no matter what kind you buy, make sure to regularly wash your dry brush with hot, soapy water and air dry to keep bacteria away that could cause breakouts or infections.
Don't miss this: Here is my 5 minute process to clean all the brushes I use every day to keep infection away and make them last!
So, tell me. Are you a dry brusher? Please do share with the readers your experience with this technique or if there are any dry brushes that are your favorite.
This post appeared previously at THM but has been updated.