Dry brushing is the practice of brushing your skin with a dry brush in a particular pattern, preferably before showering. Ideally, you are supposed to brush your skin towards the heart. It is said to have quite a few potential benefits, from removing dead skin cells to lymphatic drainage.
Benefits of dry brushing
Brushing your skin with a firm, natural bristled brush helps remove dead skin cells. It is one of the easiest ways to exfoliate and reveal softer, younger-looking skin.
When you exfoliate with a dry brush, dirt and residue from pores is also removed.
Lymphatic system in the human body is a network of tissues that help rid the body of toxins and waste. Dry brushing helps stimulate lymph flow by increasing circulation within the body and detoxify your system.
How to dry brush
You should dry brush your skin in the morning before you shower. You can dry brush once or twice every day.
- Start at the feet and brush upwards with long, smooth strokes. Brush each part 8-10 times. Do the same with the arms; start with your hands, brushing upwards. The idea is to always brush towards the heart.
- For the stomach and back, brush in clockwise motion.
- Be firm but gentle when you brush so as not to irritate the skin. It should take about 10-20 minutes to dry brush your whole body.
- Do not brush inflamed, cut, broken or acne-prone skin or if your skin has any other skin condition. You might end up aggravating the problem.
- It is better not to dry brush sensitive areas like face, chest, neck, genitals, etc.
Remember to wash your brush weekly and leave it to dry in a sunlit spot.
What kind of brush to use
Use a soft body brush with natural bristles (not synthetic). It will be gentle on your skin.
There are no substantial scientific stats that support dry brushing. Most people try it because it is easy, can be done at home and doesn’t seem to carry any risks.
While proponents of dry brushing hail it as a holistic remedy, there are potential side-effects that some people might experience.
- If you brush with too much pressure, your skin might feel itchy.
- If your skin is prone to breakouts, dry brushing is no good for you.
- If your brush is rough, it might cause micro-tears in the skin.
If you have a particular skin condition or sensitive skin, talk to your doctor before you try dry brushing your skin.