If you haven’t yet heard of dry brushing, you could be missing out on a natural way to exfoliate your skin and detoxify your lymphatic system. But, like any trendy beauty treatment, it can be hard to sort out how exactly it works, if it works, and whether or not you should be doing it. Read on to find out everything you need to know about dry brushing, and how to take on the trend.
What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is just what it sounds like: you use a brush to exfoliate and massage your skin, on its own, without water or products of any kind. It’s an ancient pre-bath, full-body ritual that you’ll often find at Hammam-style spas, and it’s remained popular through the years because it’s an effective way improve lymphatic drainage and remove dead skin cells. With the banning of micro-beads and the new findings on how harsh certain exfoliators like crushed nuts and shells can be, a lot of people are turning to dry brushing for a gentler and more eco-friendly way to exfoliate.
How does it work?
The kind of brush you use for dry brushing typically has firm bristles that go to work on your skin, sloughing away any dirt, impurities and dead cells. At the same time, the pressure of the brush helps to stimulate your circulation and enhances blood flow, while boosting lymphatic drainage, which helps eliminate the toxins in your body. It can also help you feel a little boost of energy, thanks to that extra blood flow.
How do I dry brush?
Set aside five minutes, ideally in the morning so those energising effects can help you wake up. Starting at your feet and working your way up, brush your skin upwards with small strokes. When you get to your torso, brush in a circular, clockwise motion. Especially if you have sensitive skin, be gentle with the amount of pressure you use. Choosing a circular brush without a long handle can help you maintain more control over the brushing. Weleda’s Body Brush and One Ocean’s Body Brush are both great choices. For your face, choose a dry brush that has super gentle bristles. Alexandra Soveral’s Facial Brushes have bristles made from soft goat hair. They come in a set of two, so you can use them together, working around your face with small, circular motions. When you’re done, hop in the shower, and make sure to apply lots of moisturiser as soon as you’ve towelled off.
What are the benefits?
As mentioned, the number one thing you’ll get from dry brushing is a really thorough exfoliation, along with that lymphatic drainage, and increased blood flow. All of that means your skin will look more radiant, and more plump, which can diminish the look of things like cellulite and wrinkles. Along with that, your skin will also be better prepped to absorb the ingredients in the skincare products you apply after dry brushing, which means you’ll get the best results possible. You’ll also just generally feel better after doing it, which is often the case with self-care routines like this one.
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Written by - Tara MacInnis