We all brush our teeth and even hair, but have you ever brushed your skin? Perhaps you weren’t even aware this was a thing!
Dry brushing is a practice that has been gaining popularity, and for good reason! It is the practice of quite literally brushing your skin with a firm brush, typically before taking a shower. I started this habit several weeks ago and have noticed softer skin, but there are many other more significant benefits as well worth note.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
- Lymphatic support. Everyone has a lymphatic system. This organ system involves the tonsils, lymph nodes, lymph vessels, appendix, spleen, and bone marrow. These organs support the immune system by monitoring the lymph for toxins, abnormal cells and other unwanted substances. The organs in this system are also responsible for producing lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that fights infection and disease.
It is thought that a sedentary lifestyle can result in a sub-optimal rate of lymph flow through the body. As many lymph vessels run just below the skin, dry brushing can be used as a tool to stimulate lymph flow and therefore, help optimize immunity.
- Exfoliation. The process of dry brushing can help to remove the dull top layer of skin, buffing away dead skin cells to reveal softer underlying skin. A firm, natural bristled brush is best for this.
- Reduces cellulite. Although there is no significant evidence that dry brushing can reduce cellulite, I have heard anecdotal evidence of it being greatly beneficial.
- Opens pores. Dry brushing exfoliates the skin, removing dirt and dead skin cells from the pores. This help smoothen skin, improve its brightness and prevent painful ingrown hairs.
How to dry brush the skin
- Starting at your feet, brush your feet and legs upward using long, smooth strokes. Brush each section 5-10 times, moving around your whole leg.
- Do the same with your arms. A good rule of thumb is to always brush towards the heart/chest area where the lymphatic system drains.
- Next brush your stomach and armpits in a circular clockwise motion.
- If you choose to dry brush your face, use a softer brush. I don’t have a delicate brush so I prefer to exfoliate in the evenings with Eminence Organic Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant.
*Storkes should be firm yet gentle, causing no damage to the skin.
When to do it
It is recommended to dry brush daily prior to showering. This will allow debris to be washed off in the shower.
how to choose a dry brush
Choose a brush with natural over synthetic fibers, as synthetic fibers can be too harsh on skin. They can come with a long or short handle — I prefer a long handle as it gives me more control, but a long handle definitely simplifies reaching your back. This is the brush I use and I love it! The bristles are made of natural bores hair, which are just firm enough and make me feel like I’m giving myself a little daily massage.
Do you dry brush? If so, what benefits have you noticed?