Why a Dry Brush May be Good for your Skin

Dry brushing is actually what it sounds like – rubbing a brush over your skin. Enthusiasts swear by it and sing its praises, mostly for exfoliating and detox.

It’s easy to see how it can exfoliate – gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin. This can improve the appearance, and allows it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterwards.

For detoxifying, dry brushing may be similar to a massage. It can boost your circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs.

 

How to dry brush

finishing-touch-yes-dry-brushStart off by getting a proper brush. You are looking for firm bristles, typically cactus or vegetable derived, and a long handle to help you reach your back. Many stores, including health food stores, carry these types of brushes.

Most pros recommend dry brushing in the morning before you shower, since it energizes and stimulates the body. Using long upward strokes, start brushing your skin at your feet and work up your legs. Then move up to your mid-section (front and back), and across your chest.  Finish by brushing your arms towards your armpits. You want to always brush towards the heart as that is the natural flow in your body.

Your skin may be a bit pink afterwards, but it shouldn’t hurt you. If you hurt, you pressed too hard. Avoid sensitive areas such as open cuts, eczema or psoriasis.