For those who aren’t familiar with dry brushing, it is a daily body massage that involves using a dry, stiff bristled brush. There are claims that it helps improve the appearance of cellulite, increase circulation, and detoxify. But is it really true?
Dry brushing is wonderful for exfoliating the skin. It unclogs pores and helps detoxify by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph drainage. It also stimulates the nervous system which can make you feel invigorated afterwards. Unfortunately, the claim that dry brushing reduces cellulite isn’t supported by any scientific evidence. What individuals are probably experiencing is temporary plumping of the skin from increased blood circulation. The best time to dry brush is just before a shower. This allows you to exfoliate and increase blood circulation without robbing your skin of its moisture, as the hot water in the shower can. Afterwards, you can wash off any dead skin cells. Be sure to apply body butter or lotion to put moisture back into your skin.
What kind of brush should you use?
You want to use a natural stiff bristled brush. Keep your skin’s sensitivity in mind when choosing the stiffness of a brush. If possible, get a brush with a long handle because it helps you reach your back.
How do you dry brush?
Generally dry brushing is performed once a day and is followed up by a shower. Start on dry skin working your way up from the feet. Brush directly against dry skin in sweeping motions towards the heart and use circular motions on the torso and back. Lighten pressure as needed on the abdomen, breasts, and neck because these are sensitive areas. It is not recommended to use the dry brush on your face. Never brush over cuts, scrapes, lesions, sores, or burned skin. Do not continue dry brushing if skin becomes irritated or inflamed. After showering be sure to apply body butter, body oil, or lotion to put moisture back into your skin.