what is dry brushing and how is it good for me

What is Dry Brushing and How is It Good For Me?

Kar Kei Wong by Kar Kei Wong on Apr 25, 2016
Why you should care

Smoother skin, healthier heart, reduced cellulites, and more. Find out more about this celebrity beauty secret!

Our skin is our largest organ, yet other than the face, gets the least love.

Enter dry brushing, a routine with benefits that reach far beyond just keeping your skin smooth and beautiful.

What is dry brushing?

It’s body brushing with a (yes, you guessed it) body brush, before a shower.

So, why dry-brush?


1 Exfoliates for Smoother Skin

By removing the dead skin cells from the surface, your pores will be unclogged. This allows your skin to breath and prevents impurities from forming.

2 Reduces Cellulites

Magical, ain’t it? Hard fat deposits can be softened and distributed more evenly via dry brushing. Goodbye, cellulites – you definitely won’t be missed.

3 Stimulates Lymphatic System

The motion of your brush will stimulate the lymph nodes under your skin, which help eliminate cellular waste products from your body. It’s like giving your skin a detox. What’s more? It reduces the risk of inflammation and disease!

4 Improves Blood Circulation

If you brush the right way, your circulation will improve. it’s an easy way to improve heart health!

5 Relieves Stress

Body brushing is like a light body massage. Sit back and relax as this meditative method reduces muscle tension and calms your mind.

6 Improves Digestion and Kidney Functioning

Dry brushing eases bloating. Through skin detox, your body sheds excess water and toxins. This in turn improves digestion and kidney functioning.

To reap maximum benefits, make sure you keep these in check:

  • Get a high-quality brush with bristles made out of natural materials (preferably vegetable- or cactus-derived) and with a long handle – you don’t want to miss a spot. We recommend The Body Shop’s Cactus Bath Brush.
body shop body brush

SOURCE: beautyarmy.com

  • Ideal body brushing times are before your morning showers. If you don’t have time in the mornings, just be sure to brush before you shower. Do this once or twice a day for anywhere between 2 to 20 minutes. Be careful not to do it right before you go to bed as the increased blood flow can energise you and make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Brush towards the heart for better circulation. Work your way up from your feet and your hands to the center of your chest.
  • Don’t scrub! Apply a firm, but painless pressure. While scrubbing, your skin should appear baby pink, not red! Even after just one session, your skin should be softer and smoother.
  • Rub some coconut oil or shea butter after showering. This is especially beneficial brushing opens up the pores, allowing for better moisture absorption.

Cover image from: sublime-beauty.net

Why you should care

Smoother skin, healthier heart, reduced cellulites, and more. Find out more about this celebrity beauty secret!

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