10 Top Benefits Of Dry Brushing For Skin & Face & How To Do It Correctly

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Dry brushing is an ancient practice with amazing skin and health benefits. Dry brushing is a simple process and you just need only a brush for it. My interest for dry brushing started a few years back when I read a small book that listed all the benefits of dry brushing.

I was completely sold and wanted to start dry brushing right away but I couldn’t find any good quality brushes to do it. I waited patiently for a few months and when I went to Mumbai I got a good quality brush and started using it right away like mentioned in the book.

Does Dry Brushing Really Work?

This is one of the most of the common questions asked regarding dry brushing. Personally, the first thing I immediately noticed was my skin was much smoother and softer than before.

Also I have very dry skin, after dry brushing regularly for a few days my skin felt smooth and was not dry even without using a body lotion. It also improved the blood circulation and I could definitely feel a positive difference in my skin tone.

Best Body Brush For Body Brushing:

I would suggest spending some time to research into the types of body brushing available. Choose a firm natural brush for best results.

We get body brushes of varying firmness available in the markets. If you are starting new, I would suggest a less firm brush and once your skin gets used to it, you can move on to firmer brushes.

Also please remember that there are face brushes available in the markets separately, they are much less firmer than body brushes. I would suggest having a separate brush for the body and face.

If you use the body brush for face, you might experience severe irritation and if you use face brush for the body, it might be too soft and not serve the purpose at all.

Always try to buy natural brushes with long handles so you can reach your back fully. When buying face brushes make sure to buy one with a handle for easy use. Replace the brushes once in 6 to 8 months of regular use.

How To Do Body Brushing? 

The main thing to remember when body brushing is to brush towards the heart. If you are starting with the legs, start with long, gentle strokes starting with the feet and then moving up the legs towards the heart.

Always use gentle strokes and never brush too hard or too much, 5 to 6 gentle strokes will be enough.

After dry brushing, your skin will turn slightly pink which is normal but if there is burning sensation and or if the skin turns red then you have over brushed yourself or you have brushed too hard.

When brushing the stomach, use circular motion and use only a soft brush for it. The same thing goes for the face too.

When To Do Body Brushing?

The best time to do body brushing is in the morning before bath, brush all over the body and face, shower and then massage in a few drops of pure unrefined oil mixed few drops of your favorite essential oil.

How Long Does It Take To See Results From Dry Brushing:

You will start seeing positive changes in your skin tone right away but it might take few weeks of regular use to see reduction in cellulite and stretch marks.

How Often To Body Brush?

Ideally weekly twice is a good idea, body brushing will leave the skin a bit raw especially when you start using it for the first time so give the skin time to heal. Usually dry brushing weekly twice will give you all the benefits but if your skin gets use to it, you can do weekly thrice but don’t overdo it.

Side Effects Of Dry Brushing:

One main complaint against dry brushing is skin irritation. This is the result of using inferior brushes and also using it on skin with existing skin problems like acne, varicose veins, eczema, etc. I would suggest using very mild brushes and being careful about brushing on inflamed skin. If you feel skin irritation in any area, stop dry brushing there for a few days…

10 Top Skin & Face Benefits & Uses Of Dry Brushing: 

1. Dry Brushing For Cellulite:

Dry brushing is a simple but effective home remedy for cellulite. Cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance on the skin that affects almost 90 % of women. Though there is no research proving it, it does work. In my opinion, dry brushing is one of the most effective and cheap ways to get rid of cellulite.

2. Dry Brushing For Stretch Marks:

Stretch marks is common after pregnancy and it can also be due to very rapid weight loss. Don’t give up hope if you have stretch marks, start with regular dry brushing daily. With regular use, stretch marks will start slowly fading away but don’t expect instant results.

3. Dry Brushing For Improving Circulation:

Dry brushing improves blood circulation definitely. If you suffer from dull and lifeless skin, I would suggest starting dry brushing regularly. After dry brushing, you will feel a slight tingling sensation which is the result of improved blood circulation.

4. Dry Brushing For Lymphatic Drainage:

Lymphatic system is a vital part of circulatory system and a good lymphatic drainage is vital for good immunity. Lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help with removal of toxins of the body. Many of the lymphatic vessels run below the skin surface and dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system thus greatly helping in toxic removal

5. Dry Brushing For Acne:

One of the main benefits of dry brushing is it removes toxins from the body effectively. Dry brushing also prevents excessive oil build up and clogged pores thus greatly preventing acne and acne scars. But when doing skin brushing on acne prone skin always use a less firmer brush.

6. Dry Brushing For Eczema:

Dry brushing is effective for eczema but some advice not to do dry brushing when we have eczema as it might cause skin irritation. The trick is to use a less firm skin brush, you will not suffer from skin irritation at all. Regular dry brushing improves circulation and also helps with better absorption of moisturizers or oils.

7. Dry Brushing To Prevent Loose Skin During Weight Loss:

Regular dry brushing for a few minutes weekly twice or thrice will help prevent loose skin which is a common problem that many face during weight loss. Combine dry brushing with stretching and exercise to prevent loose skin completely. Just a few minutes of dry brushing will make a huge difference.

8. Dry Brushing For Exfoliation:

Dry brushing is one of the most effective ways to exfoliate your skin. It removes clogged pores thus greatly preventing blackheads and whiteheads. If you dry brush regularly, you need not use a separate exfoliating scrub at all. In fact regular dry brushing will greatly help you get rid of many of the products that you regularly use.

9. Dry Brushing For Keratosis Pilaris:

Keratosis Pilaris also called as chicken skin is a type of skin disorder which causes our hair follicles to clog easily resulting in red and yellow bumps. It can appear on certain or all parts of the body. Dry brushing regularly followed by moisturizing your skin with unrefined virgin coconut oil will greatly help but do it gently.

10. Dry Brushing For Immunity & Reducing Anxiety:

Dry brushing regularly greatly helps with lymphatic drainage and effective toxin removal thus greatly improving our immunity. It also is very relaxing and is good fo people suffering from anxiety and depression, give it a try and you will definitely agree with me. With regular use, you will find yourself getting fewer skin infections too.

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  1. Anubha singh
    November 18, 2017 / 2:15 am

    Suggest some good quality day brush avalible..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 20, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      Try "Body Shop" body brushes, they are good…

  2. Elveena
    March 17, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    Hey..could you say some remedy for chicken skin?

  3. Elveena
    April 6, 2019 / 12:04 pm

    Hey..ramya.. could you please tell me other methods to reduce KERATOSIS pilaris?

  4. Pushpa
    April 14, 2020 / 1:37 pm

    Hi Ramya could you please tell remedies for hemmoroids during breastfeeding

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