Are you curious about dry brushing? Ever wonder how it works? If you are planning to try dry brushing, you should start to get useful information and find out if it works for you.
Dry body brushing has existed in several cultures for centuries. However, the reason why it has become one of the unpopular beauty regimens, several years after it had become known to the public, is due to the people’s enthusiasm and skepticism towards dry brushing.
What exactly is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is another method of skin exfoliation. It uses a brush with a firm, natural bristle. It helps unclogs the pores and remove dead skin cells. Also, it can increase blood circulation and aids in lymphatic drainage.
How to dry brush?
Random brushing all over your skin will never work. Effective skin brushing process involves proper steps;
- Dry brush after taking a bath; this helps loosen up the dead skin cells on the skin and down deep in the pores.
- Make sure to completely dry yourself up before dry brushing; take it from its name ‘dry brushing’.
- Start dry brushing at the lower extremities (feet and legs), going up to the midsection, and then towards the heart.
- Brush your skin in a long, circular motion towards the direction of the heart; this encourages blood circulation.
- Always maintain a slightly firm pressure when dry brushing.
- Rinse using cool water; this will ease possible irritation, as well as, close the pores.
- Apply skin moisturizer to bring back the moisture on the skin.
Are there risks in dry brushing?
Yes and no.
Yes, there risks in dry brushing;
- If you have sensitive skin or suffering from skin problems including, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and more. Dry brushing with a skin condition can cause further skin irritation and other issues.
- If you are brushing too hard, causing skin irritation.
- If you have an open wound. Dry brushing near the open wound can cause bacterial infection.
No, there no risks in dry brushing for individuals who aren’t suffering from skin problems. Rather, it is beneficial to practice dry brushing.
How often should you dry brush?
Experts highly recommend dry brushes once or twice a week. And if you have sensitive skin but still want to practice dry brushing, you should look for a brush that is right for your skin.
Always be gentle when dry brushing. As mentioned, a dry brush can cause skin irritation if you firmly brush your skin using a brush with coarse bristles.
Can you use any brush for dry brushing?
Never use just any dry brush you find online. Purchase a dry brush that fits your skin’s sensitivity rate. Also, some dry brushes are graded; thus, if you are planning to purchase a dry brush online, make sure that it is well-graded.
Always keep your dry brush clean to make the method effective. Clean the brush with soap and warm water to easily remove the dirt. Finally, make sure to read other similar articles and posts that can help you understand more about dry brushing.