Dry Brushing Your Skin
Dry brushing your skin? Yes! I’ve had a dry brush for several years, and I finally thought I would write a post about what it does and doesn’t actually do, or cure, as some people claim. First, here’s a look at my dry brush that I use for dry brushing:
The dry brush that I have is cruelty free and vegan, and it has the FSC 100% label, which means that all the wood in the dry brush comes from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forests. You want to make sure the bristles on the dry brush are firm, but not scratchy!
Make sure that the handle of your dry brush is long enough. If you want to dry brush your back, you want to make sure you can actually reach it!
Now some articles say that you should be dry brushing during a certain time of the day, like the morning, but I found no credible source that showed that it made any difference at all. So, my advice is to do it when you have time, and then you can shower after. Most of the articles suggest you start at your feet with your dry brush, and use long, upward strokes on each leg, and then dry brush your mid section in the back and in the front. Don’t forget your arms. Do not use this brush on your face!
So, now that you’re done with your dry brushing, you can take a shower.
Dry Brushing Your Skin
One of the facts about dry brushing is that it will do a great job exfoliating your skin. Here’s a quote from Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist “Gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterward.”
No, sorry, it’s a myth. Here’s a quote from Dr. Tina Alster, director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. “I know dry brushing is popular, but the actual benefits are unclear.”
How about the various claims that dry brushing will reduce cellulite? No, again, another myth!
Dr. Carolyn Jacob, a Chicago dermatologist says, “Cellulite is a complex problem that involves thin skin and the kind of fibrous bands holding in women’s fat.” Dry brushing “won’t change fibrous bands at all.” And, Dr. Jacobs adds, that if you do it too much, or too rough, you “…put your skin at risk for inflammation, redness and an ecaema-like itchy rash.” That was from the NYT with this headline, “Dry Brushing Gains Fans, but Grand Claims are Suspect.”
There’s no question dry brushing is a great exfoliator, and it can be relaxing–assuming you have chosen the correct brush. Your skin will even glow since you slough away dead skin cells. Most definitely, your skin should look and feel smoother.
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