If you've been following skincare trends, you may have noticed dry brushing has been all the rage in recent months! But can something as simple as massaging a stiff bristle brush on your body offer lasting results for your skin and health? The answer is yes, seriously!
Dry brushing is an Ayurvedic ritual that has been around for centuries to help stimulate blood flow, improve skin radiance, and promote lymphatic drainage. This DIY treatment is an easy way to gently and effectively exfoliate the skin while smoothing out the skin to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Keep reading for what you should look for in a brush and why you should incorporate dry brushing into your beauty routine!
Benefits of Dry Brushing
1) Sloughs away dead skin
Dry brushing is a fantastic way to exfoliate the outer layer of your skin physically. It naturally buffs away any flakiness or dryness to reveal softer skin and can even help prevent ingrown hairs before shaving or waxing! Exfoliating before shaving or waxing helps create a smoother surface and helps sweep away dirt, oil, and sebum for more effective hair removal. Try using the Kashmere Body Detox Brush 2-3 times a week to keep your skin in top-notch condition!
2) Helps minimize the appearance of cellulite
Although you can't eliminate cellulite, dry brushing can improve the texture of your skin by increasing blood flow and circulation. What exactly is cellulite? It's simply a fat deposit underneath the skin that causes the flesh to look dimpled and lumpy.
Cellulite is extremely common and normal, but you can easily even out your skin with a dry brush if you so desire! The circular motion of the bristles is said to help even and plump the skin and, with consistency, may promote elasticity and radiance.
3) Eliminates Toxins
One third of your body's toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin. This makes it easier for the body to sweat, which in turn reduces the amount of toxins flowing through the lymphatic system.
4) Relieves stress and relaxes muscles
Finally, dry brushing is a calming yet stimulating self-care step that feels good! Self-care is self-love, and investing a few minutes in pampering yourself is a delightful way to unwind and destress.
In addition to aiding in relaxation, dry brushing invigorates your sensory nerves and supports lymphatic drainage, which can help soothe muscles and provide a revitalizing, spa-like experience!
What to Look for in A Dry Brush
Now that you know a few of the impressive benefits of dry brushing, it's time to find a proper brush to get you started. Below are some qualities to search for...
- Medium to firm brush made from natural bristles
- Sturdy, easy-to-grasp handle
- Ergonomically friendly and comfortable to use
Dry brushes come in many different styles, and ultimately it's up to your personal preference whether you want a large or small brush. We recommend starting small with the Kashmere Body Detox Brush made with natural bristles and beech wood. This brush comfortably fits in the palm of your hand with a rope handle for stability and is excellent to use for the legs, arms, and stomach. The size also makes it suitable for traveling, so you can continue your routine wherever you are!
How to Dry Brush
The process of dry brushing is easy and straightforward! You can either dry brush in the morning or evening before your shower, whichever is more convenient for you.
With dry skin, first work the brush in small, circular motions starting at your feet. Continue brushing up the entirety of your leg up towards the buttocks using gentle pressure.
Once you've brushed both your legs, move onto your hands and arms. With the same circular motion, start massaging the back of your hands and move upwards to the shoulders.
If desired, you can also dry brush your stomach, but be sure to lessen the pressure, as the stomach can be more sensitive. You can work in upward strokes or a circular motion for this area; find what feels best for you!
For best results, dry brush two to three times a week.
How to Clean Your Dry Brush
Finally, take care of your dry brush and keep it clean by washing it with gentle soap and water at least once a week. Ensure it properly dries before using it on your body, and don't leave your brush in a wet or damp environment. That's it!
Ready to try dry brushing? Check out the Kashmere Body Detox Brush here!