by Mariam Bandarian, NLC
Have you heard of dry skin brushing? Whether you’ve heard of it but never tried, never heard of it or it sounds vaguely familiar, I promise you’ll be hooked once you give it a try.
If you’re a dry skin brushing pro, then you already reap the benefits of this ancient technique. Go you, because this technique is very beneficial and can (and should!) be incorporated into your daily routine just like brushing your teeth and washing your face.
So What is Dry Skin Brushing Anyway?
Dry skin brushing is a simple, holistic beauty practice that helps energize and stimulate your body, and is usually done right before bathing. Using a natural bristle brush, begin brushing your feet and move up your body towards your heart using long, sweeping motions.
You may think OUCH, why would I want to rub a scratchy brush over my skin, right? But it’s actually quite enjoyable once you get used to it. You know that awesome head scratch feeling you get at the salon when they wash your hair? It’s kind of like that, only over your whole body!
The Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
There are many noticeable benefits of dry brushing if done daily. Think of how great your skin feels after a nice body scrub. This is a similar concept but even more effective because it’s like a more intense body scrub with cumulative effects helping to bring on effortlessly glowing skin.
Dry brushing can also act as a detoxification aid because “when you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste,” says Joseph M. Mercola, M.D., an osteopathic physician, natural health expert and founder of Mercola.com.
Dry skin brushing is also a great exfoliant because it “will slough off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterward,” says Francesca Fusco, M.D., a celebrity dermatologist and frequent editorial contributor for Women’s Health Magazine.
Women who dry brush frequently say that it’s also extremely relaxing. This could be due to fact that dry skin brushing stimulates the nerve endings in the skin resulting in an invigorated and rejuvenated feeling. Hello total Zen experience!
How to Dry Skin Brush Correctly
- Ditch the synthetic stuff and find a natural bristle brush at your local health store or on Amazon. Look for one with vegetable or cactus derived bristles.
- Brush dry skin before your shower so you can wash away dead skin cells and feel more energized.
- Begin brushing at your feet and move upwards towards your heart. The lymphatic fluids flow through the body towards the heart so you want to go in the same direction. Use long strokes, firm yet comfortable pressure, and don’t brush over skin irritations.
- Keep the brush free of bacteria by spritzing it after each use with a natural antiseptic like tea tree oil or by washing it with soapy water.
To really amp up your at-home spa experience, alternate the water temperature from hot to cold during your shower to further invigorate the skin and tighten your pores. The shock of the cold water hitting your skin is better than any double-shot espresso or venti-extra-shot java jolt!
Lastly, end this therapeutic experience by applying organic, unrefined coconut oil as a moisturizer. Coconut oil is a wonderful skin moisturizer because it has antimicrobial properties, contains vitamin E, and the medium chain triglycerides present in the oil deeply penetrate the skin resulting in baby soft skin!
Mariam Bandarian is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach. Her passion is to help women get healthy, lose weight and love their bodies. Mariam thinks food should be fun, nutritious and adventurous! She holds a B.S. degree in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University. After completing her formal education, she went on to receive advanced certification and training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and most recently The Nutrition School. Drawing on this knowledge, she will create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals. To learn more please visit mariambandarian.com & her blog MissNutritionista.com.