What’s the big deal about dry brushing? You’ve probably seen it on your Instagram feed or favorite Wellness blog and wondered what was going on. Doesn’t it hurt? Don’t they feel silly? Does it even work? The answers in order, are:
- at first
- a little and
- yes, it really does!
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So, what are the benefits of dry brushing?
1. Lymphatic support.
Your lymphatic system is how your body gets rid of toxins and waste on a cellular level. This process is called lymphatic drainage. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and devotees of dry brushing claim that brushing your body regularly improves circulation, which in turn helps your body detoxify naturally.
Finally, some instant gratification. This is why I’m addicted. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over my skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, revealing smoother (and firmer!) skin underneath. I noticed much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after I started dry brushing and my skin has stayed soft.
3. Clean Pores (& Smaller Pores!)
The added benefit of exfoliating the skin is clearing oil, dirt and residue from the pores. Smaller, tighter, and cleaner pores? Yes please!
4. Cellulite Help
Though the evidence is anecdotal, I’ve found many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helped their cellulite. I’m not saying that it will get rid of your cellulite (or that cellulite needs to be gotten rid of!), but it feels good so I’m thinking it can’t hurt!
5. Natural Energy Boost
I can’t explain why but dry brushing always gives me a natural energy boost. It is truly invigorating, which means this is definitely a ritual for the morning. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. I’ll take it.
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So, as you can see, the benefits of dry brushing are more than skin-deep. I love the way it makes my skin look, but more than that, I love how it makes me feel (which is the main thing).
Time to brush up!