The dry brushing debate. Which side are you on?
Is dry brushing the new green juice?
Well it's certainly dominating the beauty world and anybody who's anybody is whipping out their firm bristles and brushing away those toxins for a brighter, smoother complexion.
But is that all it is? A passing trend? A fad?
When it comes to science vs practise there's a debate as to wether it's actually beneficial in what it claims.
1. Stimulating your lymphatic system, aiding in detoxification and rejuvenating your cells.
2. Boosting your circulation and exfoliating your skin. It also may reduce cellulite and offers both stress relief and invigoration.
3. Another benefit claim is clearing oil, dirt and residue from the pores. therefore reducing size of pores and further build up.
4. Also one theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy.
5. Helps release fatty deposits under your skin’s surface making you look and feel slimmer.
6. Increases muscle tone and skin texture. Also helps prevent premature ageing.
The evidence is divided and several sources point out the obvious fact, there have not been any specific scientific studies about dry brushing. Much of the evidence, especially relating to the cellulite benefit, is anecdotal and much more research would be needed before dermatologists would consider it a legitimate treatment.
I'm divided on thought on the subject but always stand by the 'zero judgement whatever works for you' stance. I do like that dry brushing is simple and uses no chemicals or anything artificial. It's literally just brushing your skin. No solutions, no miracle creams. Just bristles and a little pressure.
There are however a few guidelines when it comes to brushing correctly to receive full benefits.
Begin with your feet and brush gently in circular motions. Continue brushing up your legs then proceed to your hands and arms. Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck. Use circular counter clockwise strokes on the abdomen. Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck.
It's recommended to start at your feet and proceed upwards towards your heart where your lymphatic system drains. Be gentle and avoid areas of skin that are broken or healing. It's also a good idea to perform this ritual just before showering so the dead skin can be washed from your body. Also make sure to wash your dry brush regularly to prevent build up of dead skin cells.
And there you have it. What are your thoughts?
Anyone a devoted dry brusher? I'd love to hear what your favourite brush is and your routine.