Why You Should Be Dry Brushing
Hello, Spring! ...and dry, patchy skin?
The dreary winter may be over, but, for many of us, the toll its taken continues to linger. While it may be delightful to get an exfoliating treatment at the spa, let's be real: this is not always an option. What is, however, is dry brushing. In case you're wondering what the hell that is, let me explain.
Dry brushing is a daily practice that involves massaging your body with a stiff-bristled brush. You may be raising your eyebrows, thinking, "Daily massage?" But before you write it off, you should know it's not high maintenance. I have been a big fan of this technique for years. The way I see it, it's an opportunity to spend time with your body. And, as a firm believer in taking time each day to care for yourself, it has become a part of my routine that I honestly look forward to.
Let’s get the myths out of the way. While numerous magazine and beauty articles have claimed that it is an express route to eradicating cellulite, there is no scientific evidence to confirm this. After brushing, you will see a reduction in cellulite visibility due to increased blood circulation, resulting in a temporary plumping of the skin. The effect is not permanent - ah, I wish!
Still, in spite of not being able to erase cellulite for good, there are real benefits derived from this practice. The mechanical action of dry brushing clears dead skin cells, promotes regeneration and unclogs pores. As well, it helps detoxify by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymphatic drainage.
Finally, it also stimulates our nervous system, which is why it is best done in the morning—it leaves us feeling invigorated, a wonderful way to start the day!
How To Do It
As mentioned, it is best to dry brush in the morning, to optimize the energy the practice gives us. I personally do it in the morning or evening, though sometimes both.
Prior to bathing, brush your skin in an upward motion, toward the heart. Always start at the feet, and at the hands. It is important to rinse after brushing.
Do not be too harsh. Build up the pressure slowly; it takes time for skin to adjust.
What You’ll Need
A dry brush and a moisturizer. I use Saje's dry brush, with natural sisal bristles. In my experience, no exfoliator has come close to improving my skin's texture. Do not forget to rinse your brush under the water, weekly. I also recommend replacing your brush every few months. After taking a shower or bath, I apply Rue De Marli's #27 organic body lotion.
Remember, we all deserve a little tender, loving care, and so does our skin. Now, happy brushing!