It’s such an odd concept, to brush your body with dry, soft (yet firm) bristles. I remember Googling dry-brushing after someone had suggested it for combating cellulite in a community Facebook group. It seemed too good to be true. How could brushing your limbs, chest and torso actually be beneficial to your inner and outer health?
I know I’m late to the party here, but after a couple hours on Google and YouTube, I decided to give it a try.
The idea is that a few times a week, you run this dry brush in an upward, circular motion allover your body before you hop in the shower. To be completely honest, it doesn’t feel that great. It’s quite prickly, and kind of uncomfortable at first. However, for the alleged benefits, it seemed worth it.
While I’ve been fine-tuning my facial skincare routine, I often times neglect my arms, legs and torso. That being said, dry brushing has helped me become more aware of my dry skin and its appearance. One of the key benefits of dry brushing is that it works as an exfoliant to help you shed dry skin cells. By allowing your body to replace old, dull skin cells with new ones, you’re more likely to have bright and smooth-looking skin. In addition to dry skin, I have a mild form of Keratosis Pilaris, which are tiny, colorless, but pesky bumps on the back of my arms. When I’m consistent, exfoliating with a dry brush and following up with moisturizer has helped to get rid of those bumps.
As I mentioned, another benefit is that dry brushing supposedly reduces cellulite. Cellulite forms from the toxins that accumulate in the body’s fat cells. By dry brushing, you’re increasing your blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, both of which are said to help reduce cellulite by breaking down those infamous fat cells, releasing the toxins and redistributing the fat deposits evenly. I can’t speak to this theory (yet), but if dry brushing will eventually do away with the cellulite on my backside, I’m all for it.
Lastly, dry brushing helps promote all-around healthier, prettier skin. For one, it loosens the hair follicles to avoid annoying AF ingrown hairs. Second, it opens up the pores to allow your body to soak up more nutrients. Third, it triggers the nerve-endings in the skin, rejuvenating your nervous system. I don’t know about you, but I’ll chalk all of those up as a win.
Still not convinced? Give it a try.