Dry brushing is a trend that has taken off in recent years. The process of dry brushing is not complicated and originated in India. This ancient technique is still one of the best and most effective methods of exfoliation. Dry brushing can help eliminate toxins, sluff off dead skin, increase collagen production and circulation, and improve your overall skin health and appearance.
So, how do you do it, and how effective is it? We have gathered answers to the most common dry brushing questions below:
Is Dry Brushing Better Than Scrubs?
If you are looking for a way to rejuvenate your skin and exfoliate, dry brushing is a great solution. Dry brushing in the morning can help to eliminate dead skin and reveal healthy skin cells. Additionally, it is an excellent method of skin detoxification because the process helps to unclog pores and increase circulation, which engages the lymphatic system.
Dry brushing helps to physically exfoliate the skin similarly to body scrubs, but the practice of dry brushing is less harsh and better for the environment, too. Often, body scrubs contain microplastics that help with the exfoliation process. Unfortunately, they also contaminate our waterways and don't biodegrade quickly. Additionally, exfoliating in the steamy hot shower can damage your skin and even strip away fats and oils that aid in the maintenance of healthy, glowing skin. Mother earth and your skin will both thank you for making the switch to dry brushing.
How Do I Choose a Dry Brush?
Choosing a dry brush depends on your sensitivity and comfort level. Traditionally, dry brushes are firm and made from the bristles of a boar. Today, they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, firmness levels, and material makeup.
If you have more sensitive skin, an abrasive brush could cause you more harm than good. Dr. Barbara Sturm's Body Brush is an excellent starting place for dry brush beginners looking for a less abrasive start. Dry brushing on a budget? Look no further than The Balula Dry Brushing Set, complete with a soft-bristled facial brush and exfoliating gloves. For experienced dry brushers, you have to check out The Copper Dry Brush From Nourish By THE NOW. This brush is made with fine copper bristles that are both antibacterial and antiviral. Many believe that using a copper brush can even help with aligning your chakra energies.
Not sure where to start? Remember that there are a variety of brushes to choose from and that it is essential to do your research before committing to this new routine. Don't forget to consult with a doctor or dermatologist before starting a new skincare routine.
How Do I Dry Brush The Right Way?
Timing is everything, and when it comes to dry brushing, the morning is your friend. Ideally, you want to dry brush before your morning shower to ensure that any loose, dead skin cells get washed away. It is equally important to follow up with a quality moisturizer when you get out of the shower. Don't forget to drink plenty of water on the days that you dry brush as well.
If you are new to dry brushing or if you are not sure if you have been doing it correctly, here are six simple tips for how to dry brush the right way:
- Start at the bottom and work your way up. Star with your feet and with the brush of your choice, work your way up using long, fluid motions. Begin with your legs and arms.
- Don't forget your torso. This part of the practice is where having a brush with an extender or handle can be helpful for those hard-to-reach places. Brush your stomach and back using slow circular motions.
- Be mindful of sensitive areas. Your breasts, chest, and neck can be especially sensitive areas of the body to dry brush. Consider using a less abrasive brush in these areas and lighten the pressure. Dry brushing should never be painful.
- Keep moving. Repeatedly dry brushing one area can lead to abrasions and irritation. You don't need to use a lot of pressure or go over an area more than a couple of times to dry brush effectively.
- Frequency is personal. Determining a dry brush routine will take time. We recommend starting with dry brushing your body only 3-4 times per week and your face 1-2 times per week. As you become more accustomed to the process, you can increase the frequency to once per day.
- Never use water. This may seem like a no brainer, but you never want to dry brush a wet body. Using water makes it much more difficult to remove dead skin cells. You can, however, use a tiny bit of body oil on your dry brush.
Remember that dry brushing requires patience and attentiveness. You will want to be sure to get to know your skin. If you notice irritation or areas of concern, be sure to speak to a dermatologist. Before starting any new skincare routine, it is important to do patch tests and consult a doctor if you have questions or concerns.
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