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The benefits of dry brushing skin + how to dry brush in 5 simple steps

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Are you interested in learning about dry brushing and the benefits of dry brushing?! Read on to learn more about what dry brushing is, why you might want to start doing it yourself and how to dry brush your skin!

Dry brushing is one of those things that many people have heard of, but few do. Though it might seem like an unnecessary extra step in your beauty routine, dry brushing has some real benefits worth considering.

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Do you dry brush?

So what is dry brushing your skin anyway?

Dry brushing of the skin originates from Ayurvedic medicine, which has been around for centuries. Dry brushing is pretty straightforward.

Dry brushing the skin is done by using a stiff, bristled brush to massage the skin to promote circulation and exfoliation.

Dry brushing can be beneficial for the skin because it helps to remove dead skin cells, stimulate the lymphatic system, and improve circulation.

Some of the benefits of dry brushing your skin include: 

Exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells: Dry brushing helps to slough off dead skin cells, leaving the skin feeling softer and smoother.

Stimulating the lymphatic system: The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and the skin’s surface. This can help to give the skin a healthy glow.

Lymph nodes help remove toxins from the body.

Dry brushing can stimulate the lymphatic system, which can help to improve the overall health and appearance of the skin.

Improves circulation: Dry brushing can help improve circulation by stimulating blood flow to the skin’s surface. This can help the skin better absorb nutrients and oxygen, which may help promote the growth of healthy new skin cells.

Can reduce the appearance of cellulite: Some people believe that dry brushing can help reduce the appearance of cellulite by breaking up the fat cells that cause the dimpling effect of cellulite.

Since I’m not a dr. and don’t even pretend to be one on the internet, please know that I am sharing my personal experiences and opinions.

But! I can pass along what I believe is helpful information and share my personal experience.

Why do I dry brush my skin?

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Dry brushing for the health benefits

When having a deep tissue massage, I shared with my therapist that I had some swelling under my right armpit and unexplained breast tenderness. After my massage, she said that she had also noticed “congestion” under my arms and on my right flank and suggested that I try dry brushing.

I also consulted my Aunt, a lymphatic therapist, and she was all about dry brushing! So, I decided to give it a try.

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Within two weeks, the congestion and tenderness were gone!

As I said, I’m not Dr., but the proof is in the pudding. First, I had swelling under my armpits and breast tenderness.

Two weeks after incorporating dry brushing into my daily self-care routine, the arm, flank congestion, and breast tenderness disappeared!

Dry brushing for the beauty benefits

Once I discovered the health benefits of dry brushing and had been already dry brushing consistently I realized that my skin was so much softer and even looked about 100 X’s better! And so I’ve been dry brushing my entire body ever since!

Trust me! Dry brushing is your friend, my friend! And it is for sure more than worth the 2-minute investment of time a few times a week.

How to dry brush your skin (in 5 simple steps):

I dry brush my skin right before you shower- I do my dry brushing in the shower so that the dead skin cells go right down the drain!

Use a natural fiber brush; I have two—a smaller round brush and a large body brush with a long handle which is excellent for reaching my back.  

*I prefer the smaller one because it perfectly fits my hand, and I better control the pressure.  

Steps to dry brushing your skin

You will need a dry brush and a light touch to dry brush your skin.

  1. Start at your feet and move up your body towards your heart using broad, circular, clockwise motions.
  2. Brush your feet, legs, and midsection first, always moving towards your heart.
  3. Be careful on delicate skin using lighter pressure.
  4. End with your hands and arms brushing towards your armpits.
  5. Make sure to avoid any areas where the skin is irritated or open.
  6. You are all set! – take a shower as usual.

    It’s good to keep the water temp on the cooler side if you can or end the shower with cold water. 

Moisturize skin after dry-brushing

After your shower- moisturize with a nice emollient lotion or oil. With all of that dead skin gone, your skin will drink up the moisturizer, so be generous!

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Can I dry brush my face: How to dry brush face:

When dry brushing the face, it is important to be gentle and avoid the delicate areas around the eyes and mouth. I recommend using a separate brush for the face than the one used for the rest of the body.

Begin by dampening the skin and applying your favorite face cleanser or exfoliating scrub. Then, gently massage in small, circular motions.

Finish by rinsing the skin with cool water and applying a moisturizer.

Related article: The best face exfoliators for mature skin

What are the best dry brushes?

There are a variety of dry brush brushes available on the market, so it is important to choose one that is best suited for your needs.

The brush should generally have soft, natural bristles and a comfortable handle. It is also important to make sure that the brush is the right size for the area you plan to use it, whether the body, the arms, or the legs.

How to clean a dry brush:

There are a few different methods for cleaning your dry brush. One option is to gently wash the bristles with warm water and a mild soap or detergent, then allow the brush to air dry.

Another option is to soak the entire brush in a solution of warm water and essential oils, then rinse the brush and allow it to air dry.

Finally, you can also disinfect the brush by soaking it in a solution of one part vinegar and one part water. Whichever method you choose, clean the brush regularly to keep it free from bacteria and other impurities.

FAQs About dry brushing the skin

Q: What is dry brushing the skin, and how does it work?

A: Dry brushing the skin is the process of using a stiff, bristled brush to massage the surface of the skin gently. This can help to improve circulation and exfoliate the skin, among other benefits.

Q: How often should you dry brush the skin?

A: It is generally recommended to dry brush the skin three or four times per week, ideally in the morning.

If you have sensitive skin, you may want to start by brushing the skin just 1-2 times per week and then gradually increasing the frequency as you become more comfortable with the process.

Q: Does dry brushing spread cancer?

A: There is no evidence to suggest that dry brushing the skin can lead to the spread of cancer.

However, it is always important to consult with a medical professional if you are experiencing any changes or irregularities in the appearance of the skin.

Q: does dry brushing promote lymphatic drainage?

A: Some studies have shown that dry brushing the skin may help to promote lymphatic drainage, though the evidence is not conclusive.

However, dry brushing the skin can still offer other benefits, such as exfoliating the skin and improving circulation.

Q: does dry brushing help cellulite?

A: Although the evidence is mixed, some studies have shown that dry brushing the skin may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

However, the results may vary depending on the individual and the dry brushing technique used.

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The benefits of dry brushing your skin

What do you think? Do you think the benefits of dry brushing your skin are worth the investment of time it takes? Want to give dry brushing a try?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below- I love to hear what you think. 

Until next time.

Be well.

XO, Christine

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