Dry Brushing for the Skin: What is it & Why Should You Do It?

Dry brushing is not new but it is new to me and I’m so glad I discovered it! I’ve been dry brushing for months now and this technique is a critical part of my skincare routine. If you haven’t heard of it, dry brushing is the act of using a stiff bristled brush on your body in a specific way. It’s recommended to start at the ankles and work your way up the body, toward the heart, using long strokes. There are many supposed health benefits to dry brushing and one of those is increased circulation in the lymphatic system; achieved by the long, upward strokes. 

I can’t say if it actually helps with circulation but I can talk about what it does for my skin and how it makes me feel. Most websites say to dry brush before showering but I always do it after. My skin tends to get dry in the shower and I feel that by brushing afterwards, I’m really removing that dead skin. Dry brushing does SUCH a good job at removing dead skin that I’m often able to skip moisturizing. However, I do love to follow it up with the Tree Hut Bare Post Shave Soothing Mist.

Dry brushing also helps with pain. A few months ago I was diagnosed with Fibrocystic Breasts. I would eventually like to do a full post about this but to really summarize, my breasts get sore quite often; especially if I’ve had too much caffeine. I know that using a stiff bristle brush on sore breasts doesn’t sound pleasant but it helps so much with the pain. I can’t give you a real reason for why it helps but it’s made a huge difference. 

You can also use the dry brushing technique on your face. A facial dry brush is smaller and has softer bristles. Since the bristles are softer, I don’t feel quite as exfoliated afterwards but it’s still a pleasant experience and something I like doing before my nighttime skincare routine. 

Both of my dry brushes come from EcoTools. The larger one for the body is $5.00 and the smaller one for the face only comes as part of a set for $10.00. I do enjoy the other products in the set but they’re nothing spectacular.  

Final Thoughts:

I think dry brushing is something most people should try. Whether it’s for exfoliation, increased circulation or pain management, the benefits are well worth the few minutes it takes to do it every night. I’d love to know if you’ve tried dry brushing before or if you want to! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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