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You most likely brush your hair, and your tooth (hopefully with natural toothpaste), however do you sweep your pores and skin? And why would you?
This follow has been gaining reputation these days and with good motive. I’ve even seen “dry brushing” as an providing on the menu at spas in accommodations. Dry brushing has many potential advantages, from smoother pores and skin to serving to with lymphatic drainage.
So what’s it and why do you have to take into account doing it?
Benefits of Dry Brushing for Skin
Dry brushing is strictly what it appears like… brushing the pores and skin in a selected sample with a dry brush, normally earlier than showering.
In dry brushing, the pores and skin is usually brushed towards the coronary heart, beginning at the ft and palms and brushing towards the chest.
I’ve been dry brushing my pores and skin for years, largely as a result of it feels nice and makes my pores and skin softer, however there are different advantages as nicely:
1. Lymphatic Support
The lymphatic system is a serious a part of the physique’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that transport lymph all through the physique. Many of those lymph vessels run just under the pores and skin. Proponents of dry brushing declare that brushing the pores and skin commonly helps stimulate the regular lymph move inside the physique and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.
This profit is commonly seen the first time an individual dry brushes. The strategy of operating a agency, pure bristled brush over the pores and skin helps loosen and take away useless pores and skin cells, naturally exfoliating pores and skin. I seen much less dry pores and skin and far softer pores and skin in the first few days and weeks after dry pores and skin brushing. My pores and skin has stayed mushy thanks to this built-in approach to exfoliate.
3. Clean Pores (& Smaller Pores!)
The added advantage of exfoliating the pores and skin is clearing oil, filth, and residue from the pores. Use a smaller, gentler dry brush for the face (don’t use the stiffer physique brush right here… ouch!). I discover that my face is softer and my pores are a lot much less noticeable.
4. Reduces Cellulite
Though the proof is anecdotal, I’ve discovered many accounts of people that claimed that common dry brushing significantly helps to scale back cellulite. I talked about this and my other cellulite remedies here. There isn’t a lot analysis to again the cellulite claims, however dry brushing feels nice and makes pores and skin softer, so there isn’t actually any draw back to attempting it!
5. Natural Energy Boost
I can’t clarify why however dry brushing at all times provides me a pure power enhance. For this motive, I wouldn’t advocate dry brushing at evening however it’s nice in the morning. One principle is that as a result of it will increase circulation, it additionally will increase power. Either approach, I solely do it early in the day as a part of my morning routine.
Selecting a Dry Brush
I exploit a agency, pure bristle brush with a protracted deal with, which permits me to attain my whole again and simply brush the bottoms of my ft and the backs of my legs. This set of brushes is my favorite as a result of it features a face brush and two physique brushes with totally different firmness.
When I began dry brushing, my pores and skin was way more delicate and I most well-liked the softer one, and now I a lot choose the firmer brush. With the set, I’ve choices.
How to Dry Brush: The Method
Dry brushing may be carried out every day over the complete physique, ideally in the morning earlier than showering. Start with a delicate brush and mushy strain. Work up to a firmer brush and extra agency strain over time.
Here’s How to Dry Brush the Skin:
- Starting at the ft, I brush the bottoms of my ft and up my legs in lengthy, easy strokes. I sometimes brush every part of pores and skin 10 occasions. For lymph move, I at all times brush towards the coronary heart/chest space the place the lymph system drains.
- As an excellent rule of thumb, at all times brush towards the heart of the physique.
- Repeat the similar course of with the arms, beginning with the palms of the palms and brushing up the arm towards the coronary heart. Again, I brush every part of pores and skin 10 occasions.
- On the abdomen and armpits, brush in a round clockwise movement.
- I then repeat the course of on my stomach and again, after which swap to my face with the extra delicate brush.
Note: Don’t brush too exhausting! A mushy and easy stroke typically works finest. My pores and skin is barely pink after brushing, but it surely ought to by no means be pink or sting. If it hurts in any respect, use much less strain!
I brush earlier than showering and use a natural lotion after showering.
Replace the brush each 6-12 months as the bristles will ultimately put on out. I additionally advocate washing the brush each few weeks to take away useless pores and skin cells.
But, Does Skin Brushing Actually Work?
I’ve personally dry brushed for years and seen that my pores and skin is softer (and probably firmer, although that is exhausting to measure) from dry brushing. Skin brushing may be very invigorating, straightforward, and a low funding of money and time, so I sustain the behavior.
Especially throughout being pregnant, I *personally* discovered that dry brushing appeared to assist preserve me from getting stretch marks and in addition appeared to assist tighten pores and skin after being pregnant.
Here’s the factor:
It isn’t meant to be a medical therapy and shouldn’t be thought of one. Dermatologists additionally declare that cellulite is genetic and that there is no such thing as a remedy, whereas podcast guest Dr. Cate Shanahan would disagree and factors the finger at polyunsaturated omega-6 fat in our weight loss plan.
What the Scientific Evidence Says
The proof is split and a number of other sources level out the apparent truth — there haven’t been any particular scientific research about dry brushing. Much of the proof, particularly relating to the cellulite profit, is anecdotal. Much extra analysis can be wanted earlier than dermatologists would take into account it a reliable medical therapy.
Supporters of dry brushing declare that it could actually stimulate the lymph system, assist the physique rid itself of poisons, and enhance circulation or power. Even dermatologists agree that lightly brushing the pores and skin does have exfoliating advantages and should transcend skincare by stimulating the physique in a approach comparable to therapeutic massage, which actually does have well-documented benefits.
I’m not utterly bought on all of these advantages, however this undoubtedly falls in the “can’t hurt” class, with one exception…
A Warning for Sensitive Skin
Always, my recommendation is to listen to what works for you and your physique. If you have got delicate pores and skin or a historical past of eczema or different pores and skin circumstances, that is one well being behavior it’s your decision to skip. As Sarah from the Healthy Home Economist found, aggressive pores and skin brushing might irritate delicate pores and skin over time.
Still, so long as you don’t ignore warning indicators like discomfort, itchiness, redness, and even ache, carried out the proper approach a dry brushing session ought to profit most individuals. Avoid delicate areas, don’t use overly agency bristles, and cease if bothersome signs happen.
As a gentler detox choice for delicate pores and skin, try a detox bath as a substitute of pores and skin brushing.
The Bottom Line on Skin Brushing: Find What Works for You
At the finish of the day, researchers will probably by no means do research on dry brushing so we don’t have strong scientific proof of its advantages. There isn’t any incentive to do such a examine when a good quality brush set costs around $20 and is on the market on-line. At the similar time, it’s usually agreed that the follow is innocent and at worst ineffective.
Like any facet of well being (or life), it’s important to do your personal analysis and go along with what works for you.
This article was medically reviewed by Madiha Saeed, MD, a board licensed household doctor. As at all times, this isn’t private medical recommendation and we advocate that you simply discuss together with your physician.
Have you ever dry brushed? Will you attempt it?