Dry brushing is definitely one of the hottest beauty & wellness trends on social media this 2021.
So, what is dry brushing and why is everyone talking about it?
Dry brushing is a practice of using dry brush with coarse & natural-fiber bristles all over your body with a particular pattern. The idea is to exfoliate the skin & help unclog and detox the skin, especially during the cold season where your skin doesn’t sweat. With roots in ancient healing practices, dry brushing is not a new wellness & health practice. However, it just started to receive its popularity recently on social media platforms.
Dry brushing is recommended to be done before shower to get rid of the dead skin and get your skin ready for the shower. You can also combine your favourite body oil or essential oil with your dry brushing session to maximize the benefits of this practice.
What are the benefits of dry brushing?
Benefit #1: Smoothen & improve the appearance of your skin
By removing the top layers of dead & dry skin in the winter, dry brushing can help smoothen your skin, speed up cell turnover and result in smoother and healthier looking skin. More often, we tend to focus more on our facial skin and neglect our skin on our body. Dry brushing can be a healthy practice to add to your regular skincare routine.
Benefit #2: Unclog your pores & detox your skin
This is especially true for those who easily get “chicken skin”, also known as Keratosis Pilaris on the back of their arm or legs during the cold season. Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that causes clogged pores & rough patches on the skin. These tiny bumps or pimples are actually dead skin cells clogging hair follicles. Dry brushing helps remove clogged pores and excess dead skin that is sitting on top of your skin, allows the skin to breathe, renew and release the toxins.
Benefit #3: Increase blood circulation
You probably noticed that your skin is a bit pink or slight red after dry brushing. Don’t be alarmed! It is a sign of increased blood circulation which in turn, will help your skin look and feel more healthy & glowing.
Benefit #4: Lymphatic drainage
Because of the increased blood circulation benefit, dry brushing has also proven to help with lymphatic drainage, therefore removing toxins and pathogens more quickly.
Benefit #5: Relieve stress
When dry brushing a certain part of your body with a particular motion & pattern, you are also relieving muscle pain and in turn help the body to be more relaxed.
How do you dry brush?
The best way to do it is on dry skin, so before or after your shower is recommended. Start with your feet and brush upward towards your heart. Use straight strokes, instead of going in circles. Listen to your body. Apply light pressure only, do not press too hard or it might irritate your skin. When you are finished, rinse the brush and hang to dry. It is recommended to dry brush at least 3 times a week.
Who shouldn’t practise dry brushing?
It is worth taking notes that dry brushing is not recommended for people with sensitive skin or other skin conditions and concerns such as eczema, psoriasis, and excessive dry skin. Dry brushing when you have these skin conditions can aggravate the condition and cause more irritations to the skin.
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