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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 observe has been gaining recognition recently and with good cause. I’ve even observed “dry brushing” as an providing on the menu at spas in lodges. 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 contemplate 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 usually brushed towards the center, beginning on the toes and fingers 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 just under the pores and skin. Proponents of dry brushing declare that brushing the pores and skin recurrently helps stimulate the conventional lymph stream throughout the physique and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.
This profit is usually observed 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 useless 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 gentle because of this built-in method to exfoliate.
3. Clear Pores (& Smaller Pores!)
The additional advantage of exfoliating the pores and skin is clearing oil, dust, 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 vastly 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 Power Enhance
I can’t clarify why however dry brushing at all times provides me a pure power increase. Because of this, I wouldn’t advocate dry brushing at evening however it’s nice within the morning. One concept is that as a result of it will increase circulation, it additionally will increase power. Both approach, I solely do it early within the day as a part of my morning routine.
Choosing a Dry Brush
I take advantage of a agency, pure bristle brush with a protracted deal with, which permits me to achieve my total 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 rather more delicate and I most well-liked the softer one, and now I a lot want the firmer brush. With the set, I’ve choices.
How you can Dry Brush: The Technique
Dry brushing may be accomplished each day over the entire physique, ideally within the morning earlier than showering. Begin with a delicate brush and gentle strain. Work as much as a firmer brush and extra agency strain 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, easy strokes. I sometimes brush every part of pores and skin 10 instances. For lymph stream, I at all times brush towards the center/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 fingers and brushing up the arm towards the center. Once more, I brush every part of pores and skin 10 instances.
- 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.
Be aware: Don’t brush too arduous! A gentle and easy stroke usually works finest. My pores and skin is barely pink after brushing, but it surely ought to by no means be purple or sting. If it hurts in any respect, use much less strain!
I brush earlier than showering and use a natural lotion after showering.
Substitute the comb each 6-12 months because the bristles will ultimately put on out. I additionally advocate washing the comb each few weeks to take away useless pores and skin cells.
However, Does Pores and skin Brushing Really Work?
I’ve personally dry brushed for years and observed that my pores and skin is softer (and probably firmer, although that is arduous to measure) from dry brushing. Pores and skin brushing may 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 preserve me from getting stretch marks and likewise appeared to assist tighten pores and skin after being pregnant.
Right here’s the factor:
It isn’t meant to be a medical remedy and shouldn’t be thought of one. Dermatologists additionally declare that cellulite is genetic and that there isn’t any treatment, 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 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. Far more analysis could be wanted earlier than dermatologists would contemplate it a authentic medical remedy.
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 just 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. When you have delicate pores and skin or a historical past of eczema or different pores and skin circumstances, that is one well being behavior you might wish to skip. As Sarah from the Healthy Home Economist found, aggressive pores and skin brushing might irritate delicate pores and skin over time.
Nonetheless, so long as you don’t ignore warning indicators like discomfort, itchiness, redness, and even ache, accomplished the correct 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 possibility 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 is no such thing as a incentive to do such a research when a good quality brush set costs around $20 and is obtainable on-line. On the similar time, it’s typically agreed that the observe is innocent and at worst ineffective.
Like several facet of well being (or life), it is very important 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 advocate that you just speak together with your physician.
Have you ever ever dry brushed? Will you attempt it?