When this tool showed up in a giftbag a few years ago, I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. So I threw it under the bathroom sink and didn't give it a second thought. But then winter skin happened (and this year, winter skin REALLY happened). So I decided to dig out this weird brush-like contraption and figure out what this "dry brushing" talk is all about. The results have been life changing.
If I were to ask you what the largest organ in your body is, what would you guess? Nope, it's not your liver. It's not your brain either. It's your skin! So we ought to take really good care of it. Dry brushing is a great place to start.
Dry brushing is amazing not only for the skin itself but also for everything going on underneath it. Let us count the reasons we love it so much:
1. It exfoliates
Dry brushing removes dead skin, which will improve it's appearance, help clear out clogged pores and allow your skin to breath. Smoother and brighter skin? Yes please!
2. It helps improve cellulite
Let's be real: we've all got it. Cellulite is caused by fat deposits under the skin, which causes the skin to appear uneven, lumpy or dimpled. Dry brushing your skin may help to soften these fat deposits and force them to distribute more evenly to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
When we heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more succesful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs. -Huffington Post
3. It's good for your lymphatic system
The lymphatic system is ultimately your body's drainage system. It is responsible for removing extra fluid from our tissues and helps clear waste products from our bodies. The lymphatic system can become congested and as a result, waste and toxins may build up. Dry brushing helps stimulate the lymphatic system so that it can do it's job and keep us toxin-free.
4. Improved circulation
The strokes that you take while dry brushing your skin help move that blood along and improves circulation to the skin.
5. It relieves stress and improves energy
Because dry brushing is usually done in a quiet place, it becomes an act similar to meditating. The feeling is almost like a massage, which helps alleviate stress and muscle tension. Dry brushing also gets the blood flowing, which can leave you feeling energized and invigorated.
6. It helps alleviate bloating and improves digestion
As I already mentioned, dry brushing massages the lymph system. This is thought to help the body get rid of extra water and toxins to help alleviate bloating and help improve digestion.
Some Final Dry Brushing Tips:
- A good dry brush has a long handle to get to hard-to-reach spots and stiff bristles made from natural materials (like sisal).
- Dry brushing should be done once a day over your entire body (except for the face and any other sensitive areas).
- Always brush towards your heart with a firm (but not painful) stroke to improve circulation and give your lymphatic system a boost.
- Your skin might be a bit pink afterwards but should never be red or irritated.
- A good dry brushing session can take up to 10 minutes so enjoy the process!
Happy skin brushing!