When most people think of brushing in terms of their body, they think of brushing their teeth and their hair – but did you know that brushing your skin is a thing too?
I’ve been dry brushing my skin for a few years now but fell out of the habit when I got pregnant with my son due to my extreme nausea.
After he was born, I started dry brushing regularly again for the health benefits and to give myself a moment of self care, which I tend to forget to do since becoming a mom (don’t we all!).
If you’ve never heard of or tried dry brushing, I highly recommend it! Here in this article I’m going to cover why you should dry brush your skin and exactly how to do it.
Benefits Of Dry Brushing
Exfoliates The Skin
Dry brushing removes dead skin cells leaving your skin soft and smooth.
Exfoliating the body is something I’ve been trying to focus on more lately as I creep towards the age of 30. As we age, our skin begins to lose the ability to renew itself as quickly.
Prevents Ingrown Hairs
The exfoliating effects of dry brushing cleans out your pores, making it less likely for ingrown hairs to form.
Supports Lymphatic Drainage
The lymphatic system is a a crucial part of the immune system and protects the body from infections, bacteria and even cancer. It transports lymph around the body, which is a fluid that contains white blood cells.
Dry brushing helps to stimulate your lymphatic system so that the fluids flow through the body and gently detox it naturally.
Helps To Reduce Cellulite
While there isn’t too much science to back it up, there have been several claims that dry brushing helps to diminish the appearance of cellulite by breaking up the fat deposits underneath the skin.
This also helps to prevent new cellulite from forming.
How To Dry Brush
1. Before you can begin, you’re going to need to find a brush that is specifically meant for dry brushing your body.
The set that I use is no longer available on amazon but this one here is basically the same set. It comes with a body brush that has a detachable handle to brush hard to reach places such as your back, as well as a brush for your face which has softer bristles.
2. Get completely nude. It’s best to dry brush right before you take a shower since you’re going to be sloughing off dead skin cells that will be need to be washed away afterwards.
3. Starting at your feet, brush upwards using long, light strokes. Work your way up to your lower legs, then your knees, your thighs, your butt and finally to your stomach and lower back. The trick is to always brush towards your heart to encourage lymph movement and blood circulation. Go over the same area 3-5 times.
4. When you get to the upper body, do the same thing starting at your hands and brushing upwards towards the heart.
5. On the chest, armpits and upper back, brush in a circular clockwise motion. You can also do this on your stomach as it is believed to help digestion.
6. When brushing your neck, brush in a downwards motion towards the collarbone.
7. The only time you will break the rule of brushing towards the heart is when you get to your face.
Using a smaller brush that’s made for the face, start at the jawline and brush from the centre of the chin up towards your ear. Continue moving up the face, starting at the centre of it and brushing up towards the temples.
Once you get to the forehead, brush in a sideways and slightly downwards motion towards the temples.
8. Repeat as necesssary. Some people dry brush everyday however I have very sensitive skin so I only do this 2-3 times a week. I dry brush my face only once a week since the skin is extra delicate in this area.
You know your skin best, so find a brushing routine that works best for you.
When you first start dry brushing, your skin may be drier and more flaky than usual but this will subside as long as you stay consistent with your brushing routine.
Since I’ve started dry brushing, I find my skin is smoother and firmer. I also don’t have any cellulite which I like to believe is due to my dry brushing routine.
Try it out! You have nothing to lose, and if anything will at least have a moment to yourself to take care of your skin and your body.