Contributor: Primally Pure
Photographer: Primally Pure
Too easy? Too expensive? Too good to be true? Some beauty claims definitely fall into these categories, but the ancient ritual of dry brushing? Believe it, babe. This simple (and practically free!) practice takes only 2 minutes before showering and the benefits of dry brushing are proven to boost beauty + wellness throughout the body. While dry brushing has become a buzzword and may conjure up questions in your mind (I brush my hair, I brush my teeth, but my skin?), it has a long-standing list of beauty benefits and we’re giving you 4 reasons why you should start today.
#1. INCREASE CIRCULATION
Not to sound too scientific or spiritual, but circulation is what sustains us and blood flow is the life force within us. For real. Our circulatory system is the pathway that supplies vital nutrients + oxygen to every part of our body and pushes waste and toxins out. Slow or stagnant circulation can cause some serious issues for our cells, organ functions, energy levels and overall health. While skin is our largest organ, it’s also the last to receive nutrients from the body, so dry brushing provides a much needed boost of blood flow to keep skin nourished, clear and radiant. Increased blood flow = serious skin glow.
Gentle strokes with natural bristles is all you need to reveal smoother, softer skin – no harsh, aggressive or abrasive exfoliants needed. Dry brushing effectively exfoliates + sloughs off dry, scaly skin (insert praise hands emoji here) which improves skin’s texture + tone and preps skin to better absorb moisture. Without proper exfoliation, you may just be applying moisturizer on top of layers of dull, dehydrated and dead skin cells, which doesn’t allow for nutrients to deeply hydrate and heal. Be sure to dry brush pre-shower and massage in this body oil post-shower, and we think you just might become obsessed with this beauty ritual – and your new skin.
One of the most powerful and important benefits of dry brushing is lymph drainage. Okay, it may not sound pretty, but we can’t stress enough how essential lymphatic drainage is for radiant skin, a healthy body and a happy self. The lymphatic system helps to detoxify the whole body, but when this system is blocked, it causes toxic buildup in tissues – leading to blemishes, rashes, irritations and other skin conditions. These light, simple strokes stimulate lymph flow to flush out toxins + waste which strengthens the immune system, prevents sickness and increases energy levels. Add dry brushing to your beauty routine to promote radiant skin, daily detox and feel even more invigorated.
#4. IMPROVE APPEARANCE OF SKIN
Smoothing away impurities in the skin and the appearance of cellulite? It’s possible. Dry brushing has been believed to soften fat deposits below the skin’s surface, redistributing them throughout the body and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Whether it’s a temporary effect (plumping + invigorating skin) or a long term solution (removing toxins to rebuild connective tissue) for cellulite, the bottom line: dry brushing works.
DRY BRUSHING — 4 EASY STEPS
Pick up a dry brush from our Spa Kit and before showering, begin at your feet and brush upwards with gentle, short strokes – always towards your heart.
Brush in a counterclockwise direction over your belly (this helps to improve digestion!) and then brush from your hands to your heart.
To finish, brush down toward your underarms to help flush out toxins + improve lymph drainage. Always use light pressure – the point isn’t to scrub off your skin, but to gently, effectively get blood + lymphatic fluid moving.
After showering, apply body oil + enjoy your skin’s glow and your new found energy.
Start dry brushing today and we promise, you’ll fall in love with your skin all over again – or finally, for the first time.