Dry Brushing = Glowing Skin + More!
I’m a recent fan of dry brushing – that’s drying body brushing. I’ve tried dry brushing off and on a few times over the past several years and never stuck with it consistently, until the past couple of months.
Have you tried dry brushing? Maybe you’re already a devotee and expert on the benefits. But if you’re not and if you’ve been considering adding it to you self-care routine, or even if you’re not familiar with dry body brushing at all, here’s what I’ve learned about the benefits and why I now consider it an essential element of my skin care and self-care.
What Is It?
To dry brush, a somewhat medium or stiff bristled brush is used on dry skin. It’s typically done in the morning before showering. Brushing the skin while it is dry allows you to exfoliate and increase blood circulation without robbing it of moisture, as the hot water in the shower can.
This ritual of stimulating the skin by dry brushing has been used in several cultures from Ayurveda (an alternative medicine system with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent) to Ancient Egyptians, Romans, traditional Chinese medicine, and more recently by a Finnish nutritionist and naturopathic physician who popularized dry brushing 30 years ago.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
There are many professed benefits of dry brushing, although some aren’t proven:
- Smoother Skin – The biggest benefit is exfoliation. Dry brushing physically brushes away dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, leaving skin feeling soft and helping the skin renewal process.
- Lymphatic System – The lymphatic system lies just below the skin’s surface. Daily dry brushing can stimulate these nodes, vessels and glands to aid in the body’s natural detoxification process, improving immune function and helping keep skin healthy and glowing (there is no scientific evidence to prove this).
- Cellulite Improvement – Although this benefit listed in a variety of sources, there is no evidence to confirm that dry brushing aids in reduction of or appearance of cellulite. It may be that a temporary “plumping up of the skin” from increased blood circulation is what is actually happening. But if someone tells me that a simple thing like dry brushing improves cellulite, I’ll try it!
How to Dry Brush
- Before showering, begin at your feet and brush upwards with gentle, short strokes – always towards your heart.
- Use firm, small strokes upward, or work in a circular motion.
- Brush in a counterclockwise direction over your belly (reputed to aid in digestion) and then brush from your hands to your heart.
- When you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward.
- To finish, brush down toward your underarms to help flush out toxins + improve lymph drainage.
- Always use light pressure – harsh exfoliation is never the point; be sure not to press too hard or use a brush that’s too stiff. Brushing or exfoliation should be gentle – avoid brushing so vigorously that the skin breaks or is scratched.
Check out the short demonstration in the video below.
Recommended Dry Brush + Extras
I try to keep a lot of Beautycounter promotion out of this blog, but since the topic in this post is dry body brushing, and since Beautycounter has a new, limited edition set with a perfect brush, I want to share it with you. The Ultimate Renewal Bath Set includes a perfect (in my opinion) brush.
The pros of this set:
- I love the handle length of the brush in this set – and I’ve used both brushes with no handle and with a long handle. The long handle is purported to aid in getting hard-to-reach areas of the back, but I have found that a long-handled body brush is awkward to use. The no-handle version is equally awkward as you pretty much can reach nothing.
- This set has two great companion products: Sugarbuff Body Polish and Luminous Hydration Body Oil:
- Body Polish – With a formula made from organic finely milled sugar and a blend of nourishing botanical oils, this exfoliating scrub gently polishes and revives skin.
- Body Oil – Luxurious yet lightweight, this body oil features nutrient-rich botanical oils like passion fruit, rose hip, and argan, which absorb quickly to leave skin smooth and hydrated, without feeling greasy.
- These products are vegan and, like all Beautycounter products, cruelty-free.
- This set comes beautifully packaged for gift giving in the festive and bright gift box pictured below.
Video – Dry Brush Demonstration
Note: If you decide to purchase this Beautycounter set through my link, as a Beautycounter consultant I will earn a commission on the purchase. The price to you is the same whether you buy directly from the site or through my link to my consultant site. I appreciate your using this link if you purchase this set. PLUS: 10% off your order if you’re a new Beautycounter client and have never placed a Beautycounter order before with this code: CHANGEBEAUTY10.
*In case you’re wondering, the feature photo above is a model, not me.