If you haven’t heard of dry brushing, where have you been? One of the latest trends to take the beauty world by storm, dry brushing is a celebrity favourite that’s said to help tackle poor digestion, clogged pores, and cellulite whilst giving the body a much-needed detox.
But is it too good to be true or does dry brushing actually work?
Dry brushing is a combination of exfoliation and massage. Although techniques vary, the process typically involves massaging your body with a dry brush, in slow, circular motions towards your heart starting at the feet and hands and brushing towards your chest.
When it comes to the brush, there are a whole host of options available but, as a general rule, the stiffer the bristles the better and always use one with natural bristles. Oh, and choosing one with a long handle will allow you to reach difficult areas such as your back, the bottoms of your feet, and the backs of your legs.
The best time to dry brush is in the morning, just before a shower and, for maximum results, you should complete the ritual two to three times each week.
It’s important that you don’t brush too frequently or vigorously as this could cause micro-cuts in your skin, which can lead to infection. And, if you’ve got particularly dry skin or a condition such as eczema, it’s probably advisable to avoid dry brushing altogether.
How it works
Ok, so now we know how to dry brush, let’s take a look at how it actually works.
First up – exfoliation. Gently dry brushing your body removes dead, dry skin which, in turn improves it appearance, allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when you moisturise.
In terms of detoxifying, the technique works in a similar way to a traditional massage. The application of light pressure against your skin helps to move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes so that it can then be eliminated from the body.
Whilst your body does this naturally, dry brushing speeds up the process. It also boosts circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, helping them to do their job.
Does it actually work?
There’s no scientific evidence that dry brushing can permanently reduce cellulite. However, it does offer short-lived benefits thanks to the temporary skin plumping and swelling caused by the increase in blood flow and circulation.
In terms of exfoliation, dry skin brushing is really effective, removing the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal a softer, smoother you.
What’s more, any type of massage is good for the body – increasing your feeling of well-being and happiness. And let’s face it, it feels pretty good too!
So, although there may not be any evidence to back up claims that dry brushing can help to tackle cellulite, it is a relaxing, soothing process that will exfoliate your skin and leave it looking and feeling great! Why not give it a go?