Dry skin brushing is a simple and effective way to improve not only the health of your skin, but also the health of the rest of your body and mind. The benefits of dry brushing are numerous; it opens your pores to release toxins, diminishes the appearance of cellulite, gets rid of dead skin cells, tones and tightens the skin, and increases blood circulation. Aside from benefiting the skin, dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system to release toxins, better absorb nutrients, and cleanse your body inside and out. The sensation of the brush on your skin is very similar to a massage, and stimulating the nervous system via your skin will help reduce stress and relax and refresh your mind.
Choosing a Brush
Picking the right tool for dry brushing is crucial – a natural bristle brush with soft, slightly stiff bristles (or a loofah for more sensitive skin) will give you the best results. Brushes or loofahs with long handles will make it easier for you to get those hard-to-reach spots on your back.
How to Dry Skin Brush
The key word here is “dry.” No water or soap should be on the brush or your skin. A good time to incorporate dry skin brushing into your routine is before a shower so you can easily rinse off any dead skin and moisturize while your pores are open. A dry brushing session only takes a few minutes, so don’t worry about not having time!
There is no single correct way to dry brush, but a general rule of thumb is to always brush toward your heart. Use gentle circular and long strokes, starting with your feet and moving upwards and inwards toward your core. When brushing your back, brush from the neck down. Use a lighter touch when brushing more sensitive areas, and avoid the face, as dry brushing can be too harsh for facial skin.