Dry Brushing 101: Stimulate, Exfoliate, Invigorate.
Hair brush. Toothbrush. Dry brush? Brushing your hair and teeth is part of your daily routine, but what about brushing your skin? If this thought has never even occurred to you, you’re not alone. Why dry brush? Well, drying brushing has some pretty incredible health and beauty benefits - it's even starting to appear on trendier spa menus. But you don't need to visit the spa to reap the benefits of dry brushing.
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is exactly like it sounds: you take a dry body brush and brush your entire body, starting at the feet, sweeping in long strokes towards the heart.
Regular dry brushing makes skin softer, and some even say firmer. It’s also thought to stimulate the lymph system, encouraging the body to expel toxins and increase circulation of energy. Think of it as an invigorating self-massage. Dry brushing enthusiasts also claim that dry brushing during pregnancy can help prevent or reduce stretch makes, and even tighten skin after pregnancy.
Whether you’re skeptical or a little bit curious, dry brushing is an inexpensive skincare ritual that only takes a few minutes of your day. If smoother skin and increased energy sounds like something you would be interested in, it’s definitely worth a try. Here are the potential benefits of dry brushing:
1. Lymphatic support. Like face rolling, drying brush helps to stimulate the lymphatic system (the network of tissues and organs just below the skin). In stimulating that system, you’re helping the body eliminate toxins and waste.
2. Exfoliation. Dry brushing the skin removes dead skin cells. After a couple of weeks you should definitely notice softer skin and fewer dry patches.
3. Helps with Cellulite. It’s important to remember that cellulite is genetic and not at all harmful to the body. Dry brushing is a recommended natural remedy for cellulite but it is by no means a medical treatment.
4. Natural Energy Boost. Dry brushing fans find the experience to be an invigorating ritual. Whether or not this increased feeling of energy is placebo or a result of lymphatic stimulation, if it works for you, why not?
As with any new beauty regime, pay attention to how your skin reacts the first few times. If you have extremely sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis, or any other skin conditions, dry brushing may not be for you. Be mindful of how your skin reacts and act accordingly.
Convinced and want to give it a try? We’re loving the Living Libations Body and Breast Brush. It’s the perfect size and texture for dry brushing, with bristles firm enough to exfoliate and stimulate, and soft enough to treat the tender areas of the body. Living Libations founder Nadine Artemis recommends putting a few drops of your favourite essential oil on the bristles for an extra special experience. And if you’re looking for full body lymphatic stimulation, you should give their Rose Quartz roller a try and our Face Rolling 101 blog a read.
Ready - steady - dry brush!
- Start at the feet. Brush the bottoms and tops of the feet and up the legs in long, smooth strokes. Brush each section of skin 5-10 times.
- Do the same for the hands and the arms.
- When you reach the stomach and the armpits, brush in a circular, clockwise motion.
Remember: To ensure lymphatic flow, always brush towards to the heart (where the lymph system drains). Always dry brush before showering.