Dry Brushing, Is it for you? Posted on 24 Jul 11:18 , 0 comments

The Art of Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is becoming quite popular among women of all ages. If you haven’t heard yet, dry brushing is a method which involves using a firm, natural bristle brush to do exactly what it sounds like – brush. Not a method to brush your hair or teeth but your skin. Dry brushing is said to be a way to exfoliate, increase blood flow, flush the lymphatic system and even reduce CELLULITE! Sounds far too easy if you ask me. So how can a method so simple boast such intriguing results…let’s do a little research!

How does dry brushing really work?

Most dry brushers start from the end of each limb, working gentle brush strokes toward the heart. Endorsers of dry brushing claim this brushing pattern helps stimulate normal lymph flow which may boost the body’s natural way of detoxifying itself. Brushing fanatics also claim the direction you brush also improves the general circulation of blood flow.

The cellulite claim has some people on the fence. There are testimonials from people that claim they have seen a reduction in cellulite since implementing dry brushing. On the flip side, there are dermatologists that believe dry brushing doesn’t lead to any significant cellulite reduction. I suppose there isn’t any harm in trying!

We know that exfoliating removes dead skin cells which is great! An addition benefit from exfoliating your skin comes clean pores. Brushing will clear pores of oil and dirt, just don’t use the same brush on your face. (It is recommended to use a much softer bristled for sensitive areas like the face.) On the other hand, we know that there is such thing as too much exfoliation. Just like if you scratch yourself too hard, dry brushing can have the same negative results. Brushing too hard may lead to micro cuts on the skin’s surface, which like any cut or scrape could lead to infection. So be mindful of the amount of pressure you are using with each brush stroke. Be gentle!

Selecting the Right Brush

Natural Health Magazine recommends choosing a brush with natural, plant bristle brush from coconut husks or the agave plant (often known as Tampico or Sisal brushes). These are less likely to damage the skin.

Mentioned earlier, opt for a softer brush for brushing sensitive skin on the face and breasts.

When to Brush, When Not To Brush

Dry brushing enthusiasts recommend brushing before taking a shower. Brushing opens up your pores and finishes the job by completely washing away the dead skin you just sloughed off. Avid brushers also recommend brushing in the morning as it is said to give you a boost of energy.

Like any new practice, be sure to understand all precautions before starting your new routine. Some are simple and not harmful yet others need a little extra attention.

Do not dry brush over:

  • Sunburns or cuts
  • Skin conditions (Eczema, Psoriasis or Rosacea)
  • Varicose veins

Be mindful with the amount of pressure you are applying while brushing. Your skin will be a light pink color after completing your brushing session and should never be irritated. Stop dry brushing if you skin does not go back to its normal color after a few minutes or becomes irritated. And remember to always use DRY bristles or what would be the point of “dry” brushing?