Dry Brushing for Skin
This practice has been gaining popularity lately and with good reason. “Dry brushing” can now be seen offered on the menu at spas in hotels. Dry Brushing has many potential benefits from smoother skin to helping with lymphatic drainage.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
It feels great and makes your skin softer, but there are other benefits as well:
1. Lymphatic Support:
The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.
This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. You will notice much softer skin in the first few days. Dry brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin.
3. Clean Pores (& Smaller Pores!)
The added benefit of exfoliating the skin, is clearing oil, dirt and residue from the pores. Using a specialized smaller gentler dry brush for the face, you will notice that your face is softer and pores are much less noticeable.
4. Cellulite Help
Though the evidence is anecdotal, you may find many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helped their cellulite. There isn’t much research to back the cellulite claims, but dry brushing feels great and makes skin softer, so there isn’t really any downside to trying it!
5. Natural Energy Boost
Dry brushing always gives you a natural energy boost. For this reason, you may not want to dry brush at night but it is great in the morning. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. Either way, dry brushing should be a part of everyone’s morning routine.