Dry skin brushing offers multiple benefits, the obvious one being exfoliation. Slough off the dry, dead skin cells that make your skin look flaky and lackluster, especially in areas such as the knees, elbows, and ankles. After brushing, you will be left with silky smooth skin and a brighter complexion. Without the dead skin left to clog your pores, your skin will be able to breathe and better absorb nutrients and moisture.
In addition to exfoliation, dry brushing promotes circulation to the skin. Increased circulation can help with cell renewal (which will give you that glowing appearance), and increase lymphatic drainage, resulting in the elimination of toxins and wastes that can build up and make you sick. The elimination of these toxins not only benefits your skin, but other systems like digestive and kidney as well.
Another benefit of skin brushing is the distribution and softening of fat deposits. These fat deposits are the cause for cellulite, and the increased circulation and brushing motions can help diminish the appearance of cellulite. The extra blood flow will tighten skin and help with muscle tone.
Dry skin brushing, especially when done at the start of the day, is a great way to relax the mind as well as the body. We all know how relaxing and rejuvenating a massage can be, and dry brushing is essentially a form of self-massage. Brushing your skin can reduce muscle tension, relieve stress, and leave you feeling revitalized.
Because it can be done easily by yourself at home, dry skin brushing is one of the best steps to add to your daily routine. Gentle upward sweeping motions, a shower, and your choice of moisturizing, and you’re done! All you need is a natural bristle brush and a few extra minutes to enjoy the benefits dry brushing has to offer.