It only takes one trip down any beauty aisle to see at least one body brush. And although it’s easy to bypass these scrubbing brushes as unnecessary additions, don’t let the unassuming bristles fool you. Dry brushes are so much more than fancy exfoliators and with summer right around the corner, we want our skin to be at its best, so keep reading to see what dry brushing is and how to master the brushing technique for yourself.
What Is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is done with a wooden brush with tightly positioned, firm natural or synthetic bristles (I use Eco Tools Dry Body Brush). It’s ideal for exfoliating away dead skin cells, unclogging pores, stimulating the lymphatic system, and according to some, reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Why Is Dry Brushing Necessary?
In addition to making skin softer, dry brushing is said to stimulate your lymph nodes. Your lymph nodes are strongly tied to your body’s immune system. Brushing the skin stimulates blood and lymph vessels just below the skin and helps stimulate the normal lymph flow so the body can detoxify itself. Some even claim dry brushing helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. Although there is no scientific evidence to support this claim, smoother skin is always welcome!
What Is the Dry Brushing Technique?
Typically, dry brushing is done before you shower and on dry skin. Take your brush and sweep it over skin in a circular motion starting with the feet and hands and working toward the heart. Brushing might feel uncomfortable at first (those bristles are pretty firm), but it will get easier as your body gets used to it. Aim to dry brush once a day and follow with a shower and a nourishing body lotion or cream.
I have been dry brushing before my morning shower for years now. The appearance of my cellulite has diminished, but isn’t entirely gone, my skin is much softer and the daily exfoliation helps my skin better absorb my body cream. I hope this has been helpful and if you decide to start dry brushing, let me know in the comments below how dry brushing is working for you and until next time, be happy, healthy, and beautiful!
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