The Benefits of Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is just as it sounds… using a stiff-bristled brush to brush the skin in long, light stokes. First, I’ll talk about the benefits of dry brushing, and then I’ll talk about how to actually dry brush. This is not going to be another blog post exaggerating about the life-changing act of dry brushing, but adding this to your routine will generate some positive results.
I dry brush a few times a week. I’ve noticed the most improvement on the appearance of my stretch marks. I dry brush, exfoliate, and moisturize well after each shower or bubble bath and the marks are a lot less noticeable.
The first, and most obvious, benefit is exfoliation. While you’re brushing your skin, you’re sloughing off dead skin cells. The allows new skin cells to rise to the surface and makes your skin soft and smooth.
This brushing helps increase circulation of your blood which is great for your skin, as it delivers important nutrients to your cells. It also stimulates your lymphatic system, which helps to rid the body of waste and toxins.
Dry brushing can also decrease the look of cellulite and stretch marks. This will not totally eliminate either, but it will improve the appearance according to my personal experience.
The best time to dry brush is in the morning, right before you shower.
Start brushing at your feet, including your soles, and work your way up your body (up the legs, abdomen, chest (gently!), back, and arms) brushing in long strokes toward your heart. This process should only take a couple of minutes.
Avoid using too much pressure- dry brushing should not be painful. There is also no need to brush in circular motions. Brush in long, light and straight lines in one direction up the body. Also avoid the face. This form of exfoliation is too harsh for the delicate skin on the face. Check out my post on exfoliating here.