Dry brushing

Stimulate your skin and make it glow.

We brush our teeth and we brush our hair. Now we’re supposed to brush our skin. Dry brushing is a skin maintenance routine that is gaining in popularity and showing up on the services menus of many spas.

Why and how?

Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like. The skin is brushed in a particular pattern, usually prior to showering, using a wood brush with medium-soft natural bristles. The skin is brushed toward the heart, starting with the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest in a circular motion. It should take at least 3 – 5 minutes. It is energizing so better done in the morning rather than before bed. After showering apply lots of body oil or lotion. Many fans dry brush their skin at least once, often twice, a day. Do not brush too vigorously or too often. The brush should never break the skin or hurt.

This is a natural bristle brush that is $9.95.

Here are the benefits:

  • Circulation stimulation – The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system and carries lymph throughout the body. Many lymph vessels are just below the skin. Fans of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly stimulates circulation and the normal lymph flow in the body and helps the body detoxify.
  • Exfoliation – Running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells. This leaves the skin softer because the dry skin has been removed. Dry brushing also helps to get rid of ingrown hairs.
  • Clean pores – Exfoliating the skin is clearing oil and dirt from the skin’s pores. For the face use a softer and smaller brush.
  • Energizing – Dry brushing can give an energy boost and is invigorating. Supporters feel that it increases circulation which increases energy. An energy boost can leave skin more plumped and radiant.

There have not been any scientific studies done on the benefits of dry brushing, therefore dermatologists do not consider it a legitimate medical treatment. That being said, dermatologists agree that dry brushing does have exfoliating benefits and may stimulate the body in ways similar to a massage. What dry brushing will NOT do is get rid of spider veins, help with digestion or get rid of cellulite.

One reviewer claimed she had been dry brushing for several years and felt her skin glowed, was firmer and softer, and it always gave her a boost of energy.   She will never give it up.

Here is a one minute demonstration video from WebMD.