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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 apply has been gaining recognition these days and with good cause. I’ve even seen “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 precisely what it seems like… brushing the pores and skin in a specific sample with a dry brush, often earlier than showering.
In dry brushing, the pores and skin is often brushed towards the center, beginning on the toes 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 Help
The lymphatic system is a serious 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 frequently helps stimulate the traditional lymph stream throughout the physique and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.
This profit is usually seen the primary time an individual dry brushes. The method of working 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 seen 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 because of this built-in technique to exfoliate.
3. Clear Pores (& Smaller Pores!)
The additional advantage 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 enormously 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 making an attempt it!
5. Pure Vitality Increase
I can’t clarify why however dry brushing at all times provides me a pure vitality increase. For that reason, I wouldn’t advocate dry brushing at night time 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 approach, 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 whole again and simply brush the bottoms of my toes 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.
After 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 favor the firmer brush. With the set, I’ve choices.
How you can Dry Brush: The Technique
Dry brushing might be finished every day over the entire physique, ideally within the morning earlier than showering. Begin with a mild brush and smooth stress. Work as much as a firmer brush and extra agency stress over time.
Right here’s How you can Dry Brush the Pores and skin:
- Beginning on the toes, I brush the bottoms of my toes and up my legs in lengthy, clean strokes. I usually brush every part of pores and skin 10 occasions. For lymph stream, I at all times brush towards the center/chest space the place the lymph system drains.
- As a very good 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 palms and brushing up the arm towards the center. 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 change to my face with the extra delicate brush.
Observe: Don’t brush too exhausting! A smooth and clean stroke typically works greatest. My pores and skin is barely pink after brushing, nevertheless it ought to by no means be pink or sting. If it hurts in any respect, use much less stress!
I brush earlier than showering and use a natural lotion after showering.
Change the comb each 6-12 months because the bristles will finally put on out. I additionally advocate washing the comb each few weeks to take away lifeless pores and skin cells.
However, Does Pores and skin Brushing Really Work?
I’ve personally dry brushed for years and seen 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, simple, 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 maintain 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-about 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 loss plan.
What the Scientific Proof Says
The proof is split and a number of other sources level out the apparent reality — there haven’t been any particular scientific research about dry brushing. A lot of the proof, particularly regarding the cellulite profit, is anecdotal. Way more analysis could be wanted earlier than dermatologists would think about it a authentic medical therapy.
Supporters of dry brushing declare that it may 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 will transcend skincare by stimulating the physique in a approach much like therapeutic massage, which actually does have well-documented benefits.
I’m not fully bought on all of these advantages, however this undoubtedly falls within the “can’t harm” 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. When you’ve 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 possible you’ll need 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, finished the suitable approach 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 an alternative 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 possible 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 research when a good quality brush set costs around $20 and is out there on-line. On the similar time, it’s usually agreed that the apply is innocent and at worst ineffective.
Like all facet of well being (or life), you will need to do your individual analysis and go along 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 advocate that you simply discuss together with your physician.
Have you ever ever dry brushed? Will you strive it?