Beauty Habits: The Benefits of Dry Brushing
One secret to achieving glowing skin is dry brushing, a very simple concept that we often forget to do in our busy lives. But the nice thing about it is that it comes with many benefits, for starters if you are someone who spray tans a lot then it will help create a more even and natural looking glow by removing the dead skin cells. And then there is the added benefit that it improves our blood circulation and helps with lymphatic drainage. However, there are several things to keep in mind before dry brushing. Disclaimer: If you have any skin conditions, check with your dermatologist first before trying this as it may irritate your skin further.
Some of the benefits include:
- Improves blood circulation.
- Removes dead skin cells
- Cleans and reduces the appearance of pores
- Helps with cellulite
- Gives a natural energy boost
When choosing a brush that is right for you, there are some things to keep in mind. For starters, if your skin is naturally sensitive you want a brush with softer bristles such as manmade bristles or even a pet hair brush. Always make sure your dry brush is in it’s best state, meaning it has never gotten wet in the shower or bath. It is best to keep a separate one just for dry brushing. Replace your brush every 6-12 months since bristles do wear down after a while. And be sure to clean your brush every couple of uses.
So how do I properly dry brush? You will want to follow the natural pathway of your lymphatic system:
- Before exercise or taking a shower, use a dry brush on dry skin.
- Starting on the hands brush in an upward motion towards the armpit area.
- From the neck brush towards the shoulder/arm area.
- Use gentle brushing strokes from the center of your abdomen up towards your chest.
- And from the center of your abdomen brush to the lower abdomen to get the blood circulation flowing.
- On your legs start at the feet brushing upwards towards hips.
However, some things to keep in mind are that you don’t want to brush too much. Stop before the skin becomes sensitive or even turns red. Always moisturize after dry brushing/shower.
Have you tried dry brushing before? What was your experience like?