Dry Brushing Benefits
Over the past few years, the natural wellness space has become less of a fringe market and much more a part of the mainstream beauty industry. We couldn’t be happier. Not only does that mean more people are learning how to care for their bodies naturally and safely, it also means so many once hard-to-find products and treatments are now readily available— let the experimenting commence!
Our latest natural beauty obsession is dry brushing. You’ve probably heard about it but do you know what it is or why you should incorporate it into your routine? If not, read on— we’ve got the full scoop for you.
What is Dry Brushing?
The name says it all: dry brushing is the act of brushing your entire body with a dry, natural bristle brush. It’s as simple as that!
Its exact origination is not known, though there is evidence of the ancient Greeks using skin scrapers for health reasons and Japanese cultures from thousands of years ago brushing their skin before heading into hot baths.
Dry Brushing Benefits
The obvious next question is, of course, why do it in the first place?! Dry brushing actually has a number of benefits for your body and physical health!
Exfoliate Dead Skin - Dry brushing is an easy way to exfoliate your body (no more messy sugar scrubs - though we love those too!). After a body brushing session, your skin feels smoother and looks brighter.
Unclog pores - Similarly, dry brushing will help loosen dirt and oils that are hanging out in your pores, making your skin look healthier and with considerably less blemishes.
Stimulate the Lymphatic System - Your lymphatic system helps your body rid itself of toxins. Dry brushing helps stimulate blood flow and circulation which will help your lymphatic system work even better to keep your body cleansed and toxin-free!
Decrease the Appearance of Cellulite - While it is not possible to get rid of cellulite completely, it is possible to decrease its appearance. Dry brushing will help smooth out your skin and encourage cell growth that will make your cellulite look less noticeable and your skin generally more healthy.
How to Dry Brush
- Find a natural bristle brush with a long handle so you can reach your back.
- Before your shower or bathe in the morning, stand in the tub with your brush
- Starting at your feet, brush your body in long, fluid upward strokes. Always brush towards your heart. This means when you get to your arms, chest, neck and upper back, be sure to start brushing downwards.
- Brush each body part several times, making overlapping motions so you get every inch of skin!
Best Body Brush for Dry Brushing
Again, the most important thing is that you find a natural bristle brush rather than a synthetic one. Otherwise, any long handled brush will work just fine. We particularly like this Boar Bristle brush from Purelation.
Some say you should dry brush right after you wake up, when your body is rejuvenated and when it’s still in the mode of recovery. Others say twice a day is best, so add in a body brushing session before bed to stimulate recovery and renewal as you sleep. A dry brushing massage pre-lights out sounds divine to us! Whatever your preference, we’re sure you’ll be hooked in no time!
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