Dry brushing, it’s a popular spa treatment, healthy living proponents swear by it, and it’s simple to do. Some of the reported benefits are improved circulation, faster elimination of toxins, and even a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Read on to see if dry brushing is right for you.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
Following are a few of the benefits believed to be obtained by dry brushing…
- Improves the flow of the lymphatic system speeding up the removal of toxins
Your lymphatic system is one way your body eliminates cellular waste. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules collect waste from your tissues and transport it to your blood for elimination.
If your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. This can lead to inflammation and disease.
- Allows toxins to be eliminated more easily through the skin
Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, clearing clogged pores and allowing your skin to “breathe.”
- Removes dead skin cells, smoothing and improving the appearance of skin
Dead skin cells become sticky and aren’t removed as easily as they were in our youth due to slower cellular renewal.
By dry skin brushing, we help our bodies remove dead skin cells, exposing the tighter, more youthful skin below.
- Reduces the appearance of cellulite
It is believed that dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin and redistribute the fat more evenly, possibly helping to diminish the appearance of cellulite.
Some propose that dry skin brushing helps reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue
- Improves circulation, providing oxygenated blood to skin and organs
When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
All the organs of elimination, including the skin, kidneys, liver, lungs, and intestines, benefit from increased circulation and oxygenation.
What You Need for Dry Brushing
Dry brushing requires only two things, a natural bristle brush and about 3 minutes.
Whether you choose one with a long handle, or no handle, stiff bristles or a bit softer, is personal preference but following are a few suggestions on which brush to buy.
For dry brushing, a natural bristle brush (no synthetics) with moderately stiff bristles, and a long handle is suggested. This will allow you to reach all areas of your body, including your back and buttocks, without difficulty.
Some brushes have a removable handle. This allows you to hold the brush itself for easy-to-reach areas. A removable handle may also be useful if you travel frequently and space is a concern.
Most health food stores, drug stores, and supercenters carry brushes that will work well for dry brushing. The cost is minimal for all the benefits you get.
How To Dry Brush
Dry brushing has many complex benefits but thankfully it’s simple to do.
- With dry skin and a dry brush, begin by brushing the skin of the feet.
- Using long upward strokes, brush the entire surface of each leg and buttock.
- Brush the hands and arms in long strokes toward your chest.
- Gently brush the stomach and chest area, brushing toward the heart.
- Brush the back, consistently brushing upward.
Remember, don’t brush too hard. Your skin will have a slight rosy glow but shouldn’t be red or irritated.
To easily add this to your daily routine, I suggest dry brushing just before stepping into the shower. An added bonus is the shower will help wash away the dead skins cells you’ve just exfoliated.
Most experts suggest dry brushing once daily.
Does Dry Brushing Really Work?
Although there are many proponents of dry brushing, most medical doctors aren’t among them.
With only anecdotal evidence to support the claims that dry brushing does anything beneficial, we’re left to wonder if it really helps.
My personal take on this is that science often doesn’t invest time and resources into researching compounds or processes that don’t offer financial gain to a major corporation or large industry.
The Bottom Line
Ultimately both medical experts and proponents agree that dry brushing, if done properly, isn’t harmful. So there’s no reason not to try it and look for changes in yourself that give you more self confidence, better health, and improve your own “bottom” line.
If you enjoy dry brushing, or have suggestions on technique, please share in the comments.