Bella Nani - Essential Oils for Hair
Essential Oils for Hair
January 11, 2018
Bella Nani - Salon and Spa Specials
February Salon and Spa Specials!
January 22, 2018

When it comes to things that you can do at home to take care of your skin and also boost your health, dry brushing ranks right at the top!  But what is dry brushing and how do you do it correctly?  What are the health benefits of dry brushing?  Well, we are glad that you asked!  We are about to explore this topic and we are ready to share with you all the benefits that we have found!

Dry Brushing for Skin

Dry brushing has been gaining popularity in the health and wellness industry and when you look at it’s benefits you can see why.  It’s not a medical procedure for one, and is about as natural as you can get.  Dry brushing has benefits that range from smoother skin to helping with lymphatic drainage.

So what is it?  Well, dry brushing is pretty straight forward, it’s brushing the skin in a certain pattern with a dry brush usually before showering.  When you dry brush your skin, you typically brush toward the heart.  Starting at the feet and hands you brush toward the chest.

Dry Brushing Benefits

Besides feeling great and sloughing away dead skin cells revealing softer, smoother skin all year long it comes with these other benefits:

  1. Lymphatic Support: a major part of the immune system this can be a major benefit!  Your lymphatic system is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body.  Many of these vessels run just below the skin so dry brushing is said to stimulate the lymph flow and help the body to detoxify itself, when done regularly.
  2. Exfoliation: probably the first benefit to be noticed by first time dry brushers.  The process of dry brushing involves running a natural bristled brush over the skin.  These natural bristles loosen and remove the dead skin cells.  This is possibly the easiest and most natural exfoliation you can find!
  3. Clean Pores=Smaller Pores:  when employing dry brushing you will start to see that you are exfoliating skin which then allows for clearing of oil, dirt and residue from the pores.  When you are working on your face you will use a smaller and gentler brush for the face.  You will see that with time and gentle attention, your face will feel softer and those pores that are always so noticeable to you, will seem much less so because when there is no more “junk and gunk” in there to make them appear large.
  4. Bye Bye Cellulite:  while actual research doesn’t turn up much evidence that this is a real benefit, there are many accounts out there of people who have tried it and claimed that it did reduce the appearance of cellulite.  We say, if it makes your skin softer and feels good, what is the downside?
  5. Energy Boost: with the increase in circulation caused by dry brushing comes an increase in energy.  It is for this reason that we do NOT recommend that you dry brush at night.  However, this is an excellent way to start your day!

What Dry Brush To Use?

It is recommended to use a firm natural bristle brush with a handle, this will allow you to reach your back and the bottoms of your feet and back of your legs.  There are multitudes on Amazon and in many health and wellness specialty stores!  Find the one, or a few, that feel the best to you and work from there!

The Dry Brush Method

You can certainly dry brush your skin daily and should be done in the morning prior to your shower.  Start with a gentle brush and a soft pressure.  Over time you may find that you can work up to a firmer brush and pressure.

  1. Starting at the feet, brush the bottoms of your feet from the toes to heel and then up the leg in long, smooth strokes.  Most people brush each section of skin 10 times.  If you are working with lymph flow in mind, brush toward the chest/heart where the lymph system drains.
  2. Repeat this process with your arms starting with your palms and brushing up the arm toward the heart.  Again, about 10 strokes per section of skin.
  3. Stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.
  4. Repeat the process on your abdomin, back and face with a more delicate brush.

Note: Don’t brush too hard!  A soft smooth stroke is best.  You may find that your skin is pink after a brushing session but if you find that your skin is red or stings then you may be using too hard of a pressure or brush.  If it hurts at all while brushing, use less pressure!

Brushing before showering is recommended and then using a favorite moisturizing lotion after will give you the very best results!  Brushes should be replaced every 6-12 months as the bristles wear out but you can go longer if you are not dry brushing daily.  We also recommend that you wash your brush every few weeks to remove the dead skin cells!

Dry Brushing Bottom Line

Dry brushing is not meant to be a medical treatment and should not be considered one.  Dermatologists do claim that cellulite is genetic and that there is no cure, however some people claim to see a reduction in their cellulite achieved through dry brushing.  Dry brushing can help stimulate the lymph system and this will help the body rid itself of toxins which can lead to increased circulation and energy.  Gentle brushing does have exfoliation benefits and may even stimulate the body similar to when you get a massage.  We do recognize that many people may not agree with us on the potential benefits so as with all aspects of your health, we do recommend that you do your own research to see if this is something that you can reap the benefits of.  What is the worst that happens, you have soft skin, it feels good and you see some health benefits?  We say that it’s definitely worth a try!

If you are into a more traditional type of lymphatic drainage we do offer massage here at Bella Nani Salon and Day Spa!  Be sure that you contact us today to schedule your massage!  Plus with our focus on quality products and healthy lifestyles, we would love to talk to you about the potential benefits of dry brushing!  We look forward to helping you live the Bella Life!