While we may think that dry brushing is a relatively new trend, it’s actually a centuries-old beauty ritual in certain cultures and for good reason - it has a myriad of skin benefits.
Incorporating dry brushing into your skin care routine is sure to deliver smoother and healthier skin and leave you feeling revitalized. Read on as we share everything you need to know about dry brushing.
What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is an effective method of exfoliating skin using a firm bristled brush. As the name implies, you use the brush along your body and brush in an upwards motion. With careful curation of the brush, it works to remove dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. Not only does it help support your skin but it feels good as it massages at the same time. The best time to perform this is right before a shower so you are completely dry and once you get in the shower, you will be able to rinse off the flaky skin and dead skin cells.
It’s ideal to apply slightly firm pressure and start at your ankles and work in long, circular motions moving up towards your heart. The reason for this specific direction is because it will support the body’s natural circulation and lymphatic drain patterns.
Where did dry brushing originate from?
Dry brushing is one of the secrets of smoother, and healthier skin that has been around for over 5,000 years. Said to have originated in India, dry brushing can be traced all the way back to ancient civilization including the Egyptians, Indians, Greeks and Romans, Chinese, Japanese, Scandinavians, Russians, Turks and Native Americans. Although the tools may have slightly evolved over time, the concept has remained the same.
The science behind dry brushing
The skin constantly performs all sorts of functions for your wellbeing and health. The top layer, called the epidermis, is made up of tightly packed cells that continuously sheds and regenerates itself approximately every 27 days. The epidermis is also where oil and sweat escape from the pores and is highly sensitive. Depending on your genetics, you could be prone to an imbalance like too oily of an epidermis or too dry.
Dry brushing can help with both skin types. As you brush from your ankles to your heart, you’re allowing lymphatic flow and toxin removal. As you sweat after dry brushing or by taking a hot shower after, it’s thought to help the body release those built up toxins. Additionally, if you have swelling in any lymph nodes, dry brushing can help your body process the toxins as it stimulates the pores to open, making it easier to sweat and eliminate what’s causing your lymph nodes to swell.
Benefits of dry brushing
Dry brushing boasts several benefits. Let’s go over the top five:
#1 Exfoliation - The firm, coarse bristles of the brush help whisk away dry and dead cells from the skin. In return, this will leave your skin softer and smoother.
#2 - Cellulite - Most women can agree cellulite is an issue for the majority of us. It doesn’t matter how much you work out or eat healthy, sometimes the cellulite sticks around. Some research has been shown that massage can temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Dry brushing is quite similar to a massage. While this is not a cure, some people say it helps support their cellulite appearance by softening hard fat deposits and distributing fat deposits more evenly.
#3 - Stress Relief - Dry brushing can be a bit meditative and can put you in a relaxed state, especially if you are in a quiet space. Some people compare this beauty ritual to a light whole-body massage.
#4 - Improve Digestion - Some naturopathic doctors agree that dry brushing can help support your digestion and organ function. It may help with bloating as you massage your lymph nodes, allowing the lymph nodes to shed toxins and excess water.
#5 - Supports Nervous System - Dry brushing can help rejuvenate the nervous system by supporting the nerve endings. When this happens, the body can be more alert and responsive to stimulation.
Factors that contribute to cellulite and natural ways to help support the health of your skin.
While the dimples on our thighs may largely be a cosmetic concern, it can definitely affect our self-confidence. Some women have stronger genetics for cellulite than others. Aside from genetics, there are a number of factors that may contribute to cellulite such as weight changes, lack of muscle tone, poor nutrition, poor skin health, and stress. Though we believe that you should love your skin, no matter its appearance, there are some natural methods you can include in your daily routine that can help support the health of your skin.
Drink water - It can get old sometimes when people constantly tell you to drink water. But it’s true. Staying hydrated (with water) promotes overall good health. When you don’t drink water, you will have duller skin, wrinkles, and pores can be more prominent.
Exercise - As you increase your blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells because blood carries nutrients and oxygen to working cells throughout your entire body, including your skin.
Dry brushing - There is a reason this beauty ritual has been around since civilization; it helps support healthier skin by getting rid of toxins and dead skin.
Exfoliating - You have to get rid of the flaky, dead skin to promote shiner, healthier skin. It also helps the products that you apply to your skin be absorbed more effectively.
Diet - Have you ever heard the saying, “you are what you eat?” It’s true. When you eat processed food you are not only going to feel bad, but your skin will look dull. If you eat a clean diet full of nutrients, you will notice a different glow and clearer skin.
Incorporating a consistent skin care routine not only provides those special moments to connect with yourself but can also make a world of difference in the health of your skin. Self-care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity, so we’ve created the perfect set to compliment your skin care ritual. Our Body Toning Kit includes 3 luxurious products to practice indulgent self-care and experience smooth and healthy skin.