Words by Emma Tiernan
February 28th, 2019
Dry brushing is a relatively new phenomenon that is taking the beauty world by storm. If you are reading this, wondering what in the world dry brushing is exactly then let me explain. Dry brushing is the act of using a dry, stiff brush to massage/brush your skin which many believe to have multiple benefits. Though the jury is still out on some of the purported health benefits given there haven’t been any scientific studies conducted on the topic, you can’t deny the glowing, healthy-looking skin it leaves behind.
The main benefit of dry brushing is to exfoliate the skin; daily brushing helps shed dead skin which makes way for the production of new skin cells. Exfoliating the skin on a daily basis leaves skin looking brighter and feeling smoother. Not to mention it can help with sorting out those annoying ingrown hairs.
Dry brushing acts as a form of lymphatic drainage — the massage-like strokes help stimulate the lymphatic system which is used to remove waste from your body. The lymphatic system is a central part of your immune system which leads many to believe that dry brushing helps promote a healthy immune system (though there is no scientific evidence of this). However, because dry brushing acts as a type of lymphatic drainage massage it is a great way to help the body naturally detoxify.
Other notable benefits are that it helps improve circulation in the body and with improved circulation, and many have experienced more energy. If this is true then sign me up! Another main benefit is that many people have seen a huge improvement in the appearance of cellulite, but for this, you really need to be dedicated and dry brush every day.
The best time to dry brush is the first thing in the morning just before you shower. To give your skin a further boost and help circulation, alternate between warm and cooler temperatures in the shower. Then, make sure to moisturise your skin once you get out of the shower to help your skin stay smooth and hydrated. Don’t let all that work go to waste!
The key is to use a dry, stiff bristled brush. However, when choosing a brush, keep in mind how sensitive your skin is and choose bristles in accordance with that. Begin by brushing from the feet, up the leg, working your way up toward the heart. Use gentle circular motions and long upwards strokes where necessary while always brushing towards the centre of your body. Make sure to be gentle when it comes to the more sensitive areas of your body, and whatever you do, don’t dry brush your face — or decolletage for that matter.
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