The Amazing Benefits of Dry Brushing
You’ve probably heard about dry brushing and the benefits it has on your skin, but have do you actually know why it is essential in your routine?
I already know what you are thinking, “You want me to add another step in my beauty care routine?” I get severe decision fatigue whenever I get on the internet and see another celebs skincare routine. It seems like we need 500 steps to achieve flawless skin.
Yet, the reality is we don’t need half the steps you see online. As long as your cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, you’re doing a pretty good job. However, there are extra steps to advance your routine from good to great. I believe dry brushing is one of those steps (and it really doesn’t take as long as you think).
The reason why we should be dry brushing, moisturizing, and washing our skin is that our skin is the largest organ we have (as well as the most visible). How we treat it now will show up in our later years. Just like how healthy we eat, everything we do to our bodies eventually catches up to us.
Besides the visible appearance, you can benefit from dry brushing for health reasons as well.
Wouldn’t you like to have a couple of extra steps to achieve healthy and glowing skin? I know I would! If you need more reasoning besides ‘it’s your largest organ,’ than keep on reading to find out the fantastic benefits of dry brushing.
Dry brushing can potentially reduce signs of cellulite.
It doesn’t matter your body weight; cellulite can occur on anyone and can be challenging to get rid of. One way to reduce the appearance of cellulite is proper circulation throughout the body.
Dry brushing regularly can increase the circulation throughout the skin. Instead of paying an outrageous amount of money to get it removed, you could try this easy and extremely cheap method.
While there it is not scientifically proven, many people agree that dry brushing helps in lymphatic drainage and in removing toxins.
Cellulite is a fat deposit beneath our skin that causes lumpy and dimpled flesh to appear (typically on inner thighs and buttocks region). Unfortunately, there is not much knowledge about why we get it, but it can be treated and reduced with time.
Other ways to reduce signs (at home) besides dry brushing include:
- Eating healthy
- Using retinol creams
While dry brushing helps visibly reduce signs of cellulite, it takes a combination of things to get rid of it altogether. This includes exercising, healthy eating, and either creams or treatments.
By dry brushing these areas, you can increase blood flow, eliminate toxins, and reduce any extra fluids that form in certain regions. This isn’t an overnight remedy, though! With regular brushing, you will start to notice results over time. Are you not seeing results at all?
Depending on the severity, I strongly suggest incorporating a retinol cream into this routine.
Your skin will be glowing afterward.
Our body is constantly shedding dead skin for new cells to grow. Just like our scalps, our body needs a little help getting rid of all that dead skin.
This is especially helpful for you ladies and gents who have dry skin like me. I have suffered since I was a kid with dehydrated and flaky skin. Using the dry brushing technique has severely lowered my dryness and leaves me with a glowing complexion afterward.
Do you know how split ends can make it harder to grow hair out longer?
This is a similar case to our skin. The buildup of dead skin can make it harder to regenerate new cells. By dry brushing, you are stimulating your skin while shedding, which helps promote healthy new cells for that glowing beam. An added bonus is all this brushing helps reduce ingrown hairs as well.
Make sure to be gentle around softer areas like the stomach and chest region, and never dry brush on your face. If you feel this is too coarse for you, try moving in softer strokes and potentially adding an oil into the process.
While we are eliminating the dead, we are also exfoliating our bodies. Both of these factors can help reduce those pesky ingrown hairs that we get. Are you still having trouble with specific hairs? You can also press a warm washcloth on the designated area for a few minutes to help soften the skin and hair.
Then, using clean tweezers, gently work out the hair. Don’t force this, though! Too often, I have gotten frustrated and just pulled it out, leaving a bloody area. This will only scab over and cause another ingrown hair to form.
The benefit of dry brushing is it assists in lymphatic drainage.
Have no idea what lymphatic drainage means? I had no clue either. The lymphatic systems are part of our vascular system and are highly essential for our immunity.
The lymphatic vessels carry a fluid (lymph) that moves throughout our body towards the heart and send white blood cells that fight infections. It is a huge component in getting rid of unwanted toxins and waste our body accumulates.
Regular dry brushing helps release toxins to aid in our lymphatic system so that our bodies can work as effectively as possible. To get the most out of this routine, you should always start at your feet and move in long, sweeping motions upwards toward the heart.
Same goes with the arms; start at your hands and move towards the shoulders. Never press too hard! We want to exfoliate, not break and irritate the skin. The entire process should only take about 3-5 minutes.
Don’t want to do this before a shower? You don’t have to! Most people do because it is easy to incorporate into your shower routine and, after exfoliating, it can feel nice to wash after.
Dry brushing can energize the body and promote healthy digestion.
While this isn’t necessarily proven, there are a lot of testimonials that say they have felt an increase in energy and an overall healthier digestive tract.
This could be a placebo, but in my opinion, if it feels like it works, then why does placebo/not placebo matter?
When your stomach and digestive system feels good, YOU feel good! By increasing blood flow and circulation, it can aid in any issues you might have in the stomach area.
Personally, I have been dry brushing on and off for about 2-3 years now. I can positively say that, with a healthy diet, it has helped transform my digestive system.
I have a sensitive stomach due to PCOS and take all the help I can get in normalizing my system. Not only do I feel more energized after dry brushing, but I typically have fewer issues after meals on the days I do dry brush.
If you are a person who showers in the morning, I would highly suggest dry brushing right before your shower. It can help wake you up and feel rejuvenated for the day.
If you are a nighttime shower gal/pal, you can still dry brush in the morning, but I would suggest adding oil to your brush beforehand. You can use aromatherapy oils to relax your senses, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth.
While these, in my opinion, are the top reasons anyone should start dry brushing, there are a ton of other amazing benefits. Other benefits of dry brushing include:
- Unclogging pores
- Rejuvenating the nervous system
- Even distribution of fat deposits
- Improve muscle tone
- Feels good!
Let me know in the comments below or on my contact page some of the reasons you dry brush. Do you use oils for dry brushing, and, if so, have you found any added benefits doing so?
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**While I do research and find reliable information to share for each article, I am by no means a professional. Make sure to speak with a healthcare professional before changing anything in your health. Also, I do have affiliate links that, if used, will give me a small commission. While I do make a profit, I will never share a product/service that I do not 100% stand behind.