Dry skin brushing is a centuries-old practice from Ayurvedic medicine. It involves massaging your body with a dry brush made of bristles specific for the skin to stimulate blood flow, exfoliate dead skin, and increase lymphatic drainage. The bristles are fairly coarse, but there are brushes unique to the skin of the face that are much softer for this sensitive area.
How does it work?
Using a natural stiff-bristled brush or dry washcloth or facial dry brush (for more sensitive skin), brush your skin with wide, circular, clockwise motions, always brushing toward the heart. Go lightly on sensitive areas and apply more pressure to thicker areas like the soles of your feet. You only need a few swipes per body part as going over too many times can cause irritation. Do this right before you shower so you can wash away all that dead skin! After taking a cool shower, be sure to moisturize to re-hydrate your skin.
What are some of the benefits?
Dry brushing has multi-spectrum effects on your nervous system! This is a perfect way to wind down at the end of a day and tap into a mindfulness routine. On the other hand, it can also help to invigorate your energy at the start of the day by getting blood and lymph flowing.
The act of exfoliating dead debris and skin improves the overall health of your skin, making it have a smoother, softer, and brighter appearance. By stimulating your nervous system like a massage, it can increase blood flow and promote lymph drainage. It also unclogs your pores which makes it easier for your body to eliminate toxins and sweat.
Is dry brushing the one and only missing piece in your skincare routine? Likely not. Like all wellness and self-care techniques, there is no one thing you can do for instant improvements. But what we love about dry brushing is that it is so easy and affordable to do it yourself at home, with virtually no side effects or consequences even if you are brand new to doing it! What a low risk, high potential, low time and cost investment addition to your day to motivate continual pursuit of your well-being!
Will you try dry brushing? If you have any questions about dry brushing or how to do it, ask our Esthetician or Massage Therapy staff at the Wellness Center!