As you might have figured out by now, I am a product junkie and love trying out all the latest and greatest beauty trends but this one really excites me. I was out and about in LA and I ran into an older woman who had the most gorgeous skin I’d ever seen. Me being, well…me, I threw a compliment her way and then proceeded to ask her what her secret was. Her answer? Dry brushing.
I had never heard of this before so I thought I’d do my research first, and of course, it was a super trendy beauty tip which caused me to be a bit skeptical. It’s not that I didn’t want to try it, because let’s face it, I’ll try anything and everything these days, but the thought of brushing my skin 1. because it was just odd to begin with and 2. because it sounded like it would hurt. However, because of this very kind stranger’s faith in dry brushing and how gorgeously youthful her skin was, I decided to give it a go.
Dry Brushing is a super easy, and affordable way to detox and exfoliate your skin. Basically, all you do is brush your body with a hand brush in an upward motion towards your heart. Many people prefer to dry brush before the shower, but I prefer to brush my entire body after I shower while using my vitamin E or coconut oil to moisturize. It’s honestly personal preference and both have the same effects.
- Lymphatic Support: The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and the process of dry brushing helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.
- Exfoliation: You’ll notice this benefit almost immediately. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin will loosen and remove dead skin cells which naturally exfoliates the skin. I noticed much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after I started dry brushing and my skin has stayed soft.
- Clean Pores: When you exfoliate your skin, you clean out oil and dirt from your pores. Win, win.
- Cellulite Help: Though the evidence varies per person, I’ve found that regular dry brushing greatly improved my own cellulite. There isn’t much research to back the cellulite claims, but dry brushing honestly feels so great and makes my skin really soft, so I haven’t really found a downside!
- Natural Energy Boost: I can’t tell you why, but dry brushing always gives me a natural energy boost and makes me feel good about my skin. Maybe this is due to increased circulation, but whatever it is, I’m all for it.
So, what do you think? I’ve already got a few of my friends on the dry brush train, are you going to ride with us? Let me know in the comments below!