Hi friends! I’m back with the latest in my #HumanGuineaPig series. If you didn’t catch my Celery Juice Review, you’ll have to take a look – that was the first wellness trend that I put to the test! Now on to the next… dry brushing!
I picked this (seemingly weird) new trend because I’ve seen it ALL over the place, and it’s supposedly amazing for your skin. I’ve been that girl that has randomly dry brushed over the years, but hasn’t stuck with it long enough to know if it works! Now that I’ve given it a real shot, I wanted to break it down for you guys.
Before we dive in, let me answer the BIG question….
Q: Does it work?
Now I know why all my favorite wellness bloggers and celebrities rave about dry brushing. Like any habit you’re trying to implement, I’d say the most important thing is sticking to it closely for at least a month to gauge your body’s response. Our bodies and our skin are all so different. For example, when my husband dry brushes, he has to be a little softer because of his sensitive skin that tends to get red quickly. For me, I can brush nightly, and I don’t see any redness. I recommend an every-other-day routine and going from there. If you stick with it, you will notice a difference fairly quickly, in both your skin and energy levels. Yes….ENERGY.
Let’s start at the beginning.
What is Dry Brushing and How Do You Do It?
Before showering (with completely dry skin), dry brush your entire body using a soft body brush like this one. Afterward, hop in the shower to wash away all that dead skin you just exfoliated. For the best results, make this part of your daily routine (not something you do sporadically).
I’ve read that brushing in the morning is ideal- that way you get your circulation going (and more energy as a result) right at the start of the day. That being said, I’m most likely to dry brush at night because that works best for my routine and shower schedule! Do what is most convenient for you, and make sure to pick a time that allows at least 3-5 minutes of brushing time.
You should start at the bottom (that means your feet!) and work your way up with upward brush strokes. I usually start with my left leg and brush in small upward strokes, all the way to my hip. I then move to the back of my legs, and even my butt! After both legs, I move to my arms, where I start at my hands and make small upward strokes toward my shoulder.
Next, I move to my stomach and chest. When brushing your stomach, make sure to be gentle and work in counterclockwise movements. I also brush my armpits and neck, and if using a longer brush, you can get your entire back. Just remember to dry brush the skin toward the heart, no matter what area you’re brushing.
After I’m finished, I take a shower and use this body wash. If you want to take things to the next level when it comes to lymphatic drainage and circulation improvement, you can alternate between hot and cold water- read more about that here. Once done showering, I pat dry my body with a towel (so that it’s still a little wet) and apply oil/lotion- I either use organic coconut oil, organic sesame oil, or this lotion blend.
Benefits of Dry Brushing:
- Skin brushing removes the top layer of dead skin. You can physically see your skin flaking off if you look carefully, which I actually nerd out over! It has a MAJOR exfoliation effect that you notice almost instantly. Your skin should already feel significantly softer and less dry within the first few times brushing.
- Skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system as it stimulates the skin.
“The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin. Proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.”- Wellness Mama
- Improves the appearance of skin and cleans out pores. The exfoliating of your skin when brushing can clear pores of dirt and oil. I 100% believe this because I’ve noticed the number of small bumps and blemishes on my back and arms drop significantly.
- ENERGY! This has been something I noticed almost instantly (hence why they say morning brushing is best). They say that because it gets your circulation going, it in turn directly affects your energy levels. If you’re a morning shower-er, you should definitely make this part of your routine!
- Reduces the appearance of cellulite…. um, yes, please! I haven’t noticed any significant changes in the bit of cellulite I have near my butt, BUT maybe I will as I continue to brush. Can’t hurt to keep trying for this one!!
So, do you think it’s worth adding to my routine?
Yes, dry brushing is super easy to add to your morning or nighttime routine. It takes as little as 3-5 minutes and the benefits I’ve noticed these past two months make it absolutely worth it for me!
Like I said, the circulation and lymphatic flow effects are what I noticed most instantly. It’s crazy how refreshing it feels to brush your skin. These benefits and the improved look/feel of my skin make it SO worth it!
Plus – as mentioned – those little bumps I used to get on my arms and back are gone! I’ve always struggled with a little bumpiness, so this is a huge one for me. An improved diet, juicing celery regularly, and showering right after working out could all be contributing to this big improvement, but I know dry brushing has played a significant role in clearing out my pores.
What do I use for my dry brushing routine?
- Long brush– great for hard to reach places like your middle back
- Short brush– all around easy to use and great for travel.
- Face brush– I just purchased this set with a face brush. I’ve heard great things about using a face-specific brush.
Spray Tanning/Self-Tanner and Dry Brushing:
This is random, but spray tanning or using a self-tanner could interrupt your dry brushing routine. When I get my spray tan at GlowwTan in Dallas, I DO NOT dry brush for at least a week or until my spray tan starts to fade. That said, it helps to get rid of that splotchiness when that last bit of tan just won’t go away.
It’s also great to dry brush before going into a spray tan. It helps remove dead skin and your tan will apply more evenly and should last longer, too! Just a little tip for those girls who want to get their tan on AND dry brush! 🙂
Dry Brushing before shaving:
I love dry brushing before shaving, especially when I shaving my bikini area. I notice that I am less likely to get ingrown hairs when I dry brush beforehand.
I hope this review helps you jump on the dry brushing bandwagon! I am officially a fan and totally get what all the fuss is about. Let me know in the comments what wellness trend you’d like to see me test out next!!