Have you ever heard of Dry Brushing? or Dry Skin Brushing?
Dry brushing is quite the rage in spas and salons right now. You can pay quite a lot of money to have your skin dry brushed. I checked some local salons and a dry brushing treatment can cost upward of $65!
The thing is, it is so easy to do yourself at home in your own bathroom!
My goal for the month of March was to dry brush every day. And, so far so good! It has felt great!
What the heck is dry brushing? It is exactly what it sounds like. You literally brush your skin, while it is dry, with a brush.
You use a special body brush, one with natural bristles, (I like this one) and, using long sweeps, you brush your skin. Many resources suggest starting at the extremities and working your way in to your torso. So you might start at your feet and work your way up your legs. Then start on your hands and work your way up your arms. Then finish with your back, torso and chest.
I read conflicting information on scrubbing your stomach…some sources said you should scrub counter-clockwise, some said clockwise. I can't imagine it matters. If you know why this would matter, please let us know in the comments.
Essentially you are brushing your whole body from toes up with long strokes. The whole process should only take a few minutes
You should scrub hard enough to be brushed and exfoliated but not hard enough to cause welts or irritation. Be sure to avoid spots that have cuts, wounds or other irritation.
I will say, I was surprised at how uncomfortable it was at first. I definitely thought I would have little red scratched on my body…but I did not!
Then you usually hop in the shower and go on with your day!
Now, why in the world would one do this? There have to be benefits of dry brushing, right?
Well, your skin is your largest organ right? And it breathes through your pores. The pores get clogged with dead skin cells and can cause all kinds of problems.
You can experience numerous benefits if you dry brush your skin. Some I think are a little questionable, but hey, this can't hurt you so go for it!
I have definitely experienced 1, 2, 6, 8, 9 and 10 and it has only been a few days!
1. Buffs away dead skin.
2. Promotes clearer and tighter skin.
3. Increases circulation.
4. Opens pores.
5. Boosts lymphatic drainage, moving lymph fluid through lymph nodes, helping to release toxins.
6. Stimulates nerve endings. Rejuvenates nervous system.
7. Reduces appearance of cellulite. (I question anything that makes this claim, but it can't hurt, right?)
8. Increased energy.
9. Inexpensive and easy to do.
10. Just feels good!
Are you going to give it a go?
Exfoliating your face is just as important! While you aren't going to dry brush your face, there are a variety of facial scrubs you can use that are natural and toxin free like these DIY Facial Scrubs from The Crunchy Moose!