Does Dry Brushing REALLY, I mean REALLY, do anything beneficial for our skin??? I, as you know, LOVE everything SKINCARE, so I wanted to know how does this treatment benefit us? Is this a treatment that should be used daily, weekly? Or is this solely a professional treatment? HELP!?!
First, and foremost, “What is dry brushing?” Dry brushing is actually an ancient technique used in Ayurvedic medicine, it is literally the act of BRUSHING THE SKIN, it’s done in a methodical manner towards the heart. Now, this ancient treatment is making it’s way back into mainstream beauty treatments. You can find a dry brush basically EVERYWHERE! But, does it really work? Does it really make a diﬀerence internally and externally? According to SOZO Thermography it has a page long list of benefits, including cleansing the lymphatic system, stimulating blood circulation and detoxifying the entire body.
We spend time and money concerned about anti-aging from the neck up, sometimes we worry about our hands aging. However, we don’t think much about exfoliating the rest of the body. It is skin, and it does have build up, and it does age. But, we CAN make it age gracefully. Dry brushing is DEFINITELY an exfoliating technique. The dry brush itself uses bristles to brush oﬀ the dead skin cells that can get stuck on the skin from sebum. Kind of like if you think of brick and mortar, that’s kind of how the skin cell work with oil on the very top of the skin’s surface, called the stratum corneum. Although some skin cells shed oﬀ naturally, there is usually a buildup at the very top that prevents necessary moisture to penetrate the skins surface.
In the treatment room, I recommend my clients to exfoliate 2-3 times a week for there face, neck and chest area. This can come in many ways from retinoids to manual exfoliation. I like this idea for dry brushing as well. This, I know to be true!
What about the other claims for health benefits?
DR. AXE states that, “by Dry brushing your skin it can help your lymphatic system, which has the job of removing toxins from the body and ultimately helps prevent you from getting sick. When inflammation builds up in the body, it can cause the body to struggle to fight oﬀ that inflammation. If the skin is healthy, it can help release those toxins so that the body is not having to work so hard to rid itself of them.” The lymphatic system does play a major role in skin health, it your lymphatic system isn’t working properly, then your skin isn’t properly protected.
Another health benefit that is crucial for skin health is blood flow. Dry brushing daily will give your skin that burst of oxygenating blood flow that your skin is craving. Keeping your skin looking younger by giving that necessary O2 and nutrients it needs to glow. Blood flow also carries away free radicals and WE ALL KNOW that those darn things are what ages the skin.
Another big claim is CELLULITE reduction. However, this has not been proven. There are LOTS of POSITIVE reviews on this online though! And, as we know from above, blood flow is very beneficial to the skin, it promotes collagen production as one of it’s many roles. Collagen keeps the skin strong and elastic.
My PRO TIP: Try dry brushing daily for 30 days. It will become a routine at that point. If that’s too much, at least try it 2x a week. You will still notice small changes in how your skin looks and feels. I also recommended getting professional treatments seasonally.
These professional dry brushing treatments can be very eﬀective with used in body wrap treatments and other body treatment protocols.
Your skin is your largest organ, it seems silly to only exfoliate a small percentage of it. Even if all the other claims are unable to be proven, the exfoliation and blood flow benefits are enough for me to recommend this treatment to anyone in their skin care toolbox!
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Oliver, Kyra. “Start Dry Brushing to Reduce Cellulite Toxins.” Dr. Axe, 4 Mar. 2020, draxe.com/beauty/dry-brushing/.
“Dry Brushing 101.” Sozothermography.com, sozothermography.com/ dry-brushing-101-all-you-need-to-know/.
Jaret, Peter. “Skin Benefits From Exercise: Tone Skin, Collagen, and More.” WebMD, WebMD, 15 Apr. 2011, www.webmd.com/skin- problems-and-treatments/acne/features/exercise.