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You most likely brush your hair, and your enamel (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 purpose. I’ve even observed “dry brushing” as an providing on the menu at spas in inns. Dry brushing has many potential advantages, from smoother pores and skin to serving to with lymphatic drainage.
So what’s it and why must you think about doing it?
Advantages of Dry Brushing for Pores and skin
Dry brushing is strictly what it feels like… brushing the pores and skin in a selected sample with a dry brush, often earlier than showering.
In dry brushing, the pores and skin is often brushed towards the guts, beginning on the ft and arms 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 Assist
The lymphatic system is a significant a part of the physique’s immune system. It’s made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that transport lymph all through the physique. Many of those lymph vessels run slightly below the pores and skin. Proponents of dry brushing declare that brushing the pores and skin commonly helps stimulate the traditional lymph circulate throughout the physique and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.
This profit is commonly observed the primary time an individual dry brushes. The method of operating a agency, pure bristled brush over the pores and skin helps loosen and take away lifeless pores and skin cells, naturally exfoliating pores and skin. I observed much less dry pores and skin and far softer pores and skin within the first few days and weeks after dry pores and skin brushing. My pores and skin has stayed smooth due to this built-in method to exfoliate.
3. Clear Pores (& Smaller Pores!)
The additional benefit of exfoliating the pores and skin is clearing oil, grime, 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
Although the proof is anecdotal, I’ve discovered many accounts of people that claimed that common dry brushing significantly helps to cut 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 making an attempt it!
5. Pure Power Enhance
I can’t clarify why however dry brushing at all times provides me a pure vitality increase. For that reason, I wouldn’t suggest dry brushing at evening however it’s nice within the morning. One idea is that as a result of it will increase circulation, it additionally will increase vitality. Both manner, I solely do it early within the day as a part of my morning routine.
Deciding on a Dry Brush
I exploit a agency, pure bristle brush with a protracted deal with, which permits me to achieve my complete 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 completely different firmness.
Once I began dry brushing, my pores and skin was rather more delicate and I most well-liked the softer one, and now I a lot favor the firmer brush. With the set, I’ve choices.
Tips on how to Dry Brush: The Technique
Dry brushing could be performed day by day over the entire physique, ideally within the morning earlier than showering. Begin with a mild brush and smooth strain. Work as much as a firmer brush and extra agency strain over time.
Right here’s Tips on how to Dry Brush the Pores and skin:
- Beginning on the ft, I brush the bottoms of my ft and up my legs in lengthy, clean strokes. I usually brush every part of pores and skin 10 occasions. For lymph circulate, I at all times brush towards the guts/chest space the place the lymph system drains.
- As rule of thumb, at all times brush towards the middle of the physique.
- Repeat the identical course of with the arms, beginning with the palms of the arms and brushing up the arm towards the guts. Once more, 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 method on my stomach and again, after which swap to my face with the extra delicate brush.
Notice: Don’t brush too exhausting! A smooth and clean stroke typically works finest. My pores and skin is barely pink after brushing, nevertheless it ought to by no means be crimson or sting. If it hurts in any respect, use much less strain!
I brush earlier than showering and use a natural lotion after showering.
Change the comb each 6-12 months because the bristles will ultimately put on out. I additionally suggest washing the comb each few weeks to take away lifeless pores and skin cells.
However, Does Pores and skin Brushing Truly Work?
I’ve personally dry brushed for years and observed that my pores and skin is softer (and presumably firmer, although that is exhausting to measure) from dry brushing. Pores and skin brushing could be very invigorating, straightforward, and a low funding of money and time, so I sustain the behavior.
Particularly throughout being pregnant, I *personally* discovered that dry brushing appeared to assist hold me from getting stretch marks and in addition appeared to assist tighten pores and skin after being pregnant.
Right 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 isn’t any remedy, whereas podcast guest Dr. Cate Shanahan would disagree and factors the finger at polyunsaturated omega-6 fat in our weight-reduction plan.
What the Scientific Proof Says
The proof is split and several other sources level out the plain truth — there haven’t been any particular scientific research about dry brushing. A lot of the proof, particularly regarding the cellulite profit, is anecdotal. Rather more analysis could be wanted earlier than dermatologists would think about it a reputable medical therapy.
Supporters of dry brushing declare that it may possibly stimulate the lymph system, assist the physique rid itself of poisons, and enhance circulation or vitality. Even dermatologists agree that lightly brushing the pores and skin does have exfoliating advantages and should transcend skincare by stimulating the physique in a manner much like therapeutic massage, which actually does have well-documented benefits.
I’m not fully offered on all of these advantages, however this undoubtedly falls within the “can’t damage” class, with one exception…
A Warning for Delicate Pores and skin
All the time, my recommendation is to concentrate to what works for you and your physique. You probably have delicate pores and skin or a historical past of eczema or different pores and skin circumstances, that is one well being behavior it’s possible you’ll wish to skip. As Sarah from the Healthy Home Economist found, aggressive pores and skin brushing may irritate delicate pores and skin over time.
Nonetheless, so long as you don’t ignore warning indicators like discomfort, itchiness, redness, and even ache, performed the suitable manner a dry brushing session ought to profit most individuals. Keep away from 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 Backside Line on Pores and skin Brushing: Discover What Works for You
On 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 obtainable on-line. On the similar time, it’s usually agreed that the follow is innocent and at worst ineffective.
Like every facet of well being (or life), you will need to do your personal analysis and go together with what works for you.
This text was medically reviewed by Madiha Saeed, MD, a board licensed household doctor. As at all times, this isn’t private medical recommendation and we suggest that you simply speak together with your physician.
Have you ever ever dry brushed? Will you attempt it?