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Should I Be Dry Skin Brushing?

Should I Be Dry Skin Brushing?

I’m sure you’ve heard of skin-brushing. I’m always recommending it for all sorts of skin situations, so you’ll have heard me talk about it if nothing else! And I’m not the only one. Skin-brushing, or dry-skin-brushing has gained popularity over the last few years. All with good reason.

What's so good about skin brushing?

Skin-brushing has so many benefits to your skin and body that it’s difficult to now where to start in answering that question…

  • exfoliates your skin
  • reduces the occurance of blocked or clogged pores
  • improves softness and smoothness of your skin
  • adds colour and glow to your skin
  • improves circulation
  • encourages the removal of toxins from your body
  • reduces stress
  • energises your body

How does dry skin brushing work?

The act of skin-brushing involves brushing your skin (who’d have thought it??) with a dry brush (firm bristles are recommended but I’m a bit of a wimp so I use a soft natural-bristle body brush), from toe to neck, always brushing towards your heart.

So how does this simple technique give all of those benefits I mentioned above?
Your skin is absolutely amazing, and it works in mind-bogglingly wonderful ways, but sometimes it needs a little help. Basically, skin-brushing stimulates everything all at once.

Let me explain that…

Skin brushing stimulates your circulation

We all know the heart pumps blood around our bodies. Right? Of course it does. But when we spend hours without moving (like sitting at a desk all day), our heart slows down and doesn’t do its job as efficiently as it can – this is seen in cold hands and feet, and common problems such as Raynauld’s Phenomenon.
As the circulation system has an intricate map of veins and arteries within the skin and just below it, brushing the skin helps to move the blood around our bodies.

As well as improving blood flow and warming our bodies up, this also helps to energise the body by improving the delivery of oxygen to skin and body cells where it is needed. And we get a good colour or glow to our skin because the blood is pumping and flowing into the skin easily.

Wooden skin brush with handle lying on cloth

Skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system

In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage. Unlike your circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a “pump”.

When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.

Skin brushing improves the look and feel of your skin

When you brush your skin, as with any form of exfoliation, you remove dead skin cells from the skin service. This leaves healthy young cells to face the world – these cells look and feel healthier than a layer of dead skin cells (obvs!).

This exfoliation, coupled with the stimulating effect on both the lymphatic and circulatory systems, means skin looks and feels soft and smooth, glowing and radiant.

Can anybody do dry skin brushing?

Pretty much, yes.

My only warning is for those who have very sensitive skin or rosacea and have experienced problems using abrasive scrubs and exfoliants in the past. Skin-brushing may cause extra sensitivity or rosacea flare-ups so do be careful.

If you have sensitive skin and really want to give skin-brushing a go, try using a brush with soft, natural bristles (like this facial brush), or a natural fibre cleansing cloth (like this one), and use gentle movements.