Dry Brushing 101: Everything You Need to Know

Dry brushing is a body exfoliating method that has been done for ages in various cultures which has lately been revived. A professional gives the treatment at home or at a spa, cleaning dry skin with a special exfoliating brush to remove the top layer of dead skin cells and smooth its texture.

But is it worth a try and replacing a body scrub with a skin-friendly, even so-called magical cellulite cure? Shari Marchbein, MD, dermatologist and assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine, says that there are many claimed advantages of dry body brushing, but not all of them have real scientific evidence that backs them up.

Cellulite is a problem for many girls, and in winter dry skin is added to it. But both of these problems can be tackled with a skin detox treatment by you at your home. Just keep on reading to know everything about dry brushing.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is an anti-cellulite therapy using body brushes to exfoliate dead skin cells. Dry brushing also improves blood circulation, the epidermis becomes softer and more elastic, and cellulite less noticeable. More importantly, the results and effectiveness of the dry brushing will be noticeable after several procedures (1-2 months).

Dry brushing should always be done from the bottom to up as lymph circulates in our bodies. A circular brushing motion is used throughout the treatment. This improves blood circulation and lymph flow, allowing the body to remove excess water and toxins from the body.
After finishing the procedure, you need to take a shower and apply an anti-cellulite product, moisturizer, lotion, oil or body milk. Additionally, brushes come in a range of shapes and sizes, but the majority of them are made with natural bristles that are gentle enough not to irritate and damage your skin. Some people prefer brushes without handles, while others use brushes with a long one. The latter is appropriate for difficult-to-reach areas (for example, the back).

How Does Dry Brushing Work?

Cellulite occurs when fat is pulled downward to the deeper tissues and creates an uneven surface. Dry brushing improves skin appearance by removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. As a result, the skin gets smoother. Anti-cellulite treatments go quickly and deeply under the skin as a result of the peeling. The increased blood circulation, in its turn, will force the products to work at full strength.

However, dry cleaning is also not suitable for everyone. If you have thin, sensitive, or very dry skin, you should avoid the process as well as body scrubs. Brushes should not be used if you have eczema and psoriasis. If there is any injury on the skin, dry brushing can cause irritation, inflammation, and worsen the skin.

You must brush your skin every day if you want to see effects from dry brushing (particularly for cellulite therapy). Dry cleaning has a short-term impact, just like any other beauty product that is not used on a regular basis. Cellulite will reappear as soon as you stop “cleansing” your skin.

What are The Benefits of Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is believed to revitalize the body, improve circulation and blood flow, and stimulate lymphatic drainage in order to smooth the skin’s surface and get rid of cellulite. The dead cells can cause the skin to seem dead. The skin will be softer, smoother, and more luminous after removing them using a brush, which is a physical exfoliator.

Another advantage is an affordable cost. Instead of going to expensive salons, you can buy a brush once and use it for a long time.

Massage should be combined with exercises and a proper diet for a noticeable and long-lasting result. Dry brushing will improve the outcomes of your diet and gym workouts, as well as will have a positive impact on your emotional state. As an added benefit, your skin will be smoother and much better.

Is It Safe for Everyone?

Anyone who has sensitive skin or skin diseases, such as eczema, varicose veins, or hives, is not recommended to do dry brushing. If you have an irritation or redness, the brushing will worsen these conditions.
In addition, it is recommended to use the brushing after 30 years. Up to 30 years old, young skin can cope with dead cells on its own.

How to Do a Dry Brush Massage

For doing dry brushing you don’t need special knowledge. Keep in mind that a beneficial result may only be achieved with the proper massage! The massage is done on dry skin, with no lotions, creams or oils used. There is no essential difference between circular and straight massage motions. The aim is to move the brush in the direction of the lymph, that is, from the feet to the heart.

The brush pressure should not be too strong, and you should feel comfortable. The massage lasts 5-10 minutes and is done 1-2 times a week. After the treatment, you should take a shower, ideally a contrast one, to maximize the impact and improve the condition of your blood vessels. Moisturize your skin after showering. Carefully consider the presence of contraindications! Consult your doctor about the possibilities of dry massage at home.

a quick guide

How to Start Dry Brushing

The skin (along with the brush) must be completely dry. It is easy to harm wet skin.

Start massaging your body for 3-6 minutes every day. Gradually increase the time to 10-15 minutes as your skin gets used to it.

Long and straight movements in the shins, knees, and hips are recommended. Massage is done in a circular motion on the buttocks. You should give more attention to the problematic areas, while the stomach and chest should be massaged lightly.

Avoid touching the heart, lymph nodes, inner thighs, armpits, and knees.

After dry brushing, take a contrast shower to remove dead skin cells. Apply body cream or milk after showering. The lifting cream with mango and shea butter will also tighten the skin and reduce tightness. A lifting lotion containing pineapple extract and collagen (a fighter against dry skin and loss of tone) – has a similar effect.

The skin should be pink after the procedure. If there is redness and scratching, you may have used a too harsh brush or over-exfoliate your skin.

Drybrushing should be done 3-4 times a week. Massage no more than once a week if you have sensitive skin. After 1–2 months, a noticeable result will be visible.

What Type of Brushes Should You Use?

Wood and synthetic or natural bristles made from plant fibers like sisal can be used to make body brushes (derived from agave). To reach areas like your back, choose a bristle brush with a long handle; a circular form without a handle is simpler to hold to make a circle massage.

Body brushing should be done in a natural way. If you still prefer artificial bristles, the bristly nylon bunches should be at least 4 mm thick and at least 2 cm long. After 5-7 massage motions, the bristles should be of medium softness to provide a rush of blood to the skin. Too soft bristles will not provide the desired result, while too harsh bristles may cause skin damage. The fundamental difference between nylon and natural bristles is that natural bristles have a lower risk of bacteria growth.

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