So, obviously you’ve heard of brushing your teeth and hair (hopefully), but have you heard of dry brushing?
Dry Brushing is brushing….but on your body!
Some of you may be thinking, Komal, you are wayyy behind on the times, while others are on the same page as me.
What the hell is dry brushing?!
I recently purchased my first dry brushing brush after reading about this phenomenon on other blogs and magazines. If you are wondering what it is all about, I’ve got the skinny for ya!
First, dry brushing is great way to naturally exfoliate dry skin. According to Shape “gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterwards.”
Why is hydration and moisturizing so important?
Think about it this way, you would not, NOT drink water for a day (even if you are drinking coffee, or tea, or even beer, it has water in it). Hydrating not only makes your skin look better, but it helps your skin actually work better! Hydration, while moisturizing, allows our skin to ultimately repair itself from things like wrinkles and defeat aging.
Less wrinkles? Looking young? Yeah, I like what I’m hearing so far.
Do you like getting massages? I LOVE massages. I LIVE for massages.
Ok, that was little excessive, but I really, really do like getting massages. That being said, dry brushing is similar to having a massage. Robin Jones, a spa director in Texas says; “The light pressure against our skin and the direction in which you brush helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes so this waste can be eliminated.” Shape describes it like this. “Your body naturally does this (move lymph fluid into to lymph node), but dry bushing speeds up the process and at the same time boosts circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, which helps them do their jobs better.”
The benefits of dry brushing are slowly winning me over. What do you think? If you aren’t convinced yet, I got some more info for you.
Cellulite. We all hate it, and if you say you don’t, well, I just don’t believe you.
Cellulite is a nasty little toxin that is accumulated by fat in your cells. Since dry brushing improves circulation, it helps break down connective tissues that lead to cellulite. Though this is a temporary fix for cellulite, which can’t be replaced by healthy eating and working out, I’ll take a few less dimples every now and again!
Energy. The bristles on the brush help “rejuvenate the nervous system by stimulating the nerve endings in the skin,” says Mind Body Green. When DB’ing you’ll most likely feel a burst of energy after drawing the blood to your heart.
DEF, DB in the morning. That extra boost you get will set the tone for your day, while getting those old skin cells off from the day before (ew.) prior to your shower.
Doesn’t everything you’ve read already sound so FETCH?!
Ok, I’ll stop making fetch happen, BUT, the benefits of dry brushing are just so awesome!
You need to know one more thing to seal the DRY BRUSHING DEAL.
How do you dry brush?
Whelp, that’s a great question.
The brush I bought, came with a nifty little guide telling me how to brush. The guide wasn’t as comprehensive as I had hoped, but I found this great diagram for you, provided by Vogue Beauty. Happy Brushing!
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