Dry Brushing Benefits and Tips
I dry brush [almost] daily prior to jumping into the shower. Dry brushing is exfoliating to the skin, so doing so before a shower ensures that the loosened skin cells are washed away. Yes, it’s an extra 5 minutes of time before you can jump into the shower but trust me, it’s worth it.
I like to add a couple of drops of essential oils to the bristles, depending on what I need (detoxing, calming, invigorating... there’s an oil for everything.) My favorites are grapefruit (aids in detox) and cypress (great for circulation). If you're looking to down-regulate, especially showering before bed, try a calming oil like lavender. Those who morning shower can benefit from adding a drop of peppermint or eucalyptus to gently wake up the senses.
One thing to note is that not all dry brushes are created equal. As with any type of brush, the bristles can be made with animal hair. In the case of dry brushes, many are made with boar bristles. Additionally, brushes can claim to be all-natural, but remember that this term does include animal-derived products. After some research, I did find that cruelty-free, vegan dry brushes do exist, and are instead made from plant fibers. The brush that I use, pictured on this page, has bristles made from sisal bristles, or agave. Plant-derived brushes can also come in jute or coconut fibers, with jute being on the softer side (excellent for those new to dry-brushing) and coconut being more course. The sisal fiber lies somewhere in between. You can learn more about this sisal fiber brush and purchase here.
Dry brushing benefits: 🌱Exfoliates skin, removing dead skin cells and ingrown hairs 🌱Increases circulation and blood flow 🌱Lymphatic drainage 🌱Helps open pores prior to shower
🌱Improves muscle tone Dry brushing tips: 🌱Do prior to showering, on dry skin, daily if possible 🌱Use a natural bristled brush (make sure it is vegan, and not made with animal hairs) 🌱Brush in upward strokes, towards the heart
🌱Start at your feet, working your way up the body 🌱Add a few drops of essential oil to the bristles
If you are new to dry-brushing, go gentle on the strokes, with a lighter touch and avoid sensitive areas with thinner skin, like your neck. Always avoid the face. With continued use, your skin will get accustomed to the sensation of the bristles.
What benefits have you experienced with dry brushing? Care to share any tips? Comment below!