Everyone is familiar with the physical scrubs and masks that are used to exfoliate skin, but is anyone familiar with the term "dry brushing"? Read this blog to gain a deeper insight of proper exfoliation techniques and to discover everything there is to know about dry brushing.
WHAT IS DRY BRUSHING?
Dry brushing is an exfoliation method for the body by using a body brush & gently massaging it on the skin. It helps in removing dead skin cells & provides the skin a radiant glow. Using a brush with firm, natural bristles and gently massaging in upward & circular motions helps. While brushing the body, the skin should be - as you guessed it - dry.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DRY BRUSH YOUR SKIN?
Your skin will benefit most from a dry brushing right before a shower. This is due to the fact that as you remove dead skin cells, they will later be washed away in the shower. To receive the optimum clean-up experience while showering, you should be in an upright, straight position.
BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING:
There are multiple benefits when it comes to dry brushing. Here are a few explained in detail -
1. Boosts circulation
The redness which occurs on your skin after dry brushing results in increased blood circulation, a better blood flow in the areas where you have dry brushed.
2. Aids with lymphatic drainage
Dry brushing speeds up the rate of blood pumping & helps the spread of lymph through the body. This leads to the removal of toxins from the body.
3. Exfoliates dead skin
Dry brushing is responsible for the removal of dirt & oil as well as dead skin cells. This leads to an increased cell turnover & smooth, shiny skin.
4. Plumps the skin
Cellulite is less noticeable after dry brushing & regular practice can also help in reducing the appearance of sun damage.
WHY SHOULD YOU DRY BRUSH AS COMPARED TO USING A BODY SCRUB?1. Dry brushing is gentler on the skin than exfoliation, which removes the skin's natural, healthy oils.
2. Dry brushing easily eliminates cellulite and activates the neurological system.
3. Dry brushing enhances blood circulation and lymphatic flow.
WHAT IS THE CORRECT METHOD OF DRY BRUSHING?1. Start from the abdomen as there are some deep lymph nodes which you might want to stimulate while you're exfoliating your skin.
2. Move the brush in circular motions around your belly button around 3 to 4 times.
3. Work on your lower body, from your thighs to your butt, in small upward strokes.
4. While working on your feet, move the brush in an upward direction for about 3-5 times.
5. Dry brush on your upper body while taking the strokes towards the armpits.
Remember to always brush towards your heart in one direction only.
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS AFTER DRY BRUSHING?
1. Applying a body oil
Using a body oil like the Detoxie Calming & Anti-Fatigue Body Massage Oil after dry brushing replenishes the skin with vitamins and hydration.
2. Applying a sunscreen
Your skin might become extremely photosensitive after exfoliation so it is recommended that you apply sunscreen generously. Use the Rovectin Skin Essentials Deep Moisture UV Protector SPF50+ sunscreen for strengthening your skin barrier & for constant hydration.
3. Avoid using hot water
Do not use extremely hot water to shower with. It will end up drying out your skin which is sensitive after exfoliation. Instead, it is recommended that you use lukewarm water.
PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE DURING DRY BRUSHING1. Never dry brush over any moles, bumps, or zits on your body, and avoid doing so on any skin that has been cut or injured.
2. If your skin is overly sensitive and becomes irritated or inflamed after the treatment, stop dry brushing.
While most individuals might find dry brushing to be a life-changing experience, many people would rather undergo physical exfoliation. The truth is that before selecting a regimen that will work effectively for you, you must understand the needs of your skin and body. These wonderful benefits of dry brushing make it an absolute MUST-HAVE practise in your daily regimen. It performs multiple tasks and actually results in glowing, vibrant skin.
- Anshika Yadav