Benefits of Dry Body Brushing

Dry body brushing isn’t just for celebrities and models like Miranda Kerr. There is actually a lot of benefits that dry body brushing offers in addition to glowing healthier skin. In this article we will cover numerous other benefits of dry body brushing that you might not expect. We’ll discuss a number of different benefits dry body brushing can have such as:

How do we know all of this? Because the beauty therapists and day spas around the world have used Bodecare body brushes for over 14 years and the results on their clients have been amazing. You should always consult your health care provider for any skin issues to ensure correct diagnosis and specific treatments for your condition.

If you are looking to start a dry body brushing routine, then be sure to also read our guide to selecting the right body brush, and detailed instructions on how to dry body brush.

Rejuvenate dry, dull, flaky skin for a more youthful glowing appearance

The skin is the largest organ of the body and is estimated to excrete one-third of the body’s daily impurities. However excessive dryness causes skin to experience a breakdown of the skin barrier functions due to excess dead skin cells and inflammation. This results in dry, flaky skin that has lost its luster and youthful glow.

Dry body brushing stimulates skin from the outside thus aiding in cleansing your body by:

  • increasing blood circulation,
  • assisting in releasing fatty deposits of cellulite under the skin’s surface,
  • buffing off that top layer of dry flaky skin, reducing the ageing process and rejuvenating your skin cells.

Best dry body brush to use:

The best category of bristle for dry skin is medium or firm bristles.  If you have sensitive skin, you can start with a soft bristle brush, but a medium brush will give you better overall exfoliation and stimulation.  If you are experienced with dry skin brushing, then a firm bristle brush is what you should choose.

Medium: Detox dry body brush

Firm: Tampico dry body brush

Reduce the appearance of acne and acne scarring

Acne is a condition that affects the skins oil glands and hair follicles. The small holes in the skin (pores) connect to oil glands below by a tube called a follicle. The oily substance produced by the oil glands is called sebum and carries dead skin cells to the surface. Often a fine hair also grows through the follicle. When the hair, dead skin cells and sebum clump together they can form a plug. Bacteria trapped inside the plug causes swelling and inflammation. A pimple is formed as the plug starts to break down.

Approximately 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 will get acne breakouts at some point. Acne can be mild to severe with outbreaks of pimples, blackheads or cysts on the skin. It can be very embarrassing especially on the face because it is difficult to hide even with make-up. Acne can happen to anyone and at any time of their lives. 

Using the right brush and technique dead skin is removed, keeping pores open to allow excess sebum/oil to freely flow while also stimulating the reproduction of new cells to reduce old scar tissue.

Dry brushing should never be done over open wounds, active acne cysts or pustules, to reduce the chance of spreading infection. Only start a dry body brushing routine as prevention of acne when it clears and for the reduction of post-inflammatory scarring (red pimple scars).  

After each dry brush, spritz the bristles with Tea Tree spray to keep the bristles sanitary, clean and fresh. 

Best dry body brush to use:

Face – Jute dry face brush

Body – Jute dry body brush

Improve blood circulation and the appearance of cellulite

The circulatory system is a vast network of capillaries and veins underlying the skin. Poor circulation occurs when the flow of blood through a part of the body is impaired and can cause cold toes, numb feet, fluid retention, skin to be slow to repair/heal, cramping and skin discolouration. Poor circulation can also be a sign of other health issues and you should discuss any issues in more detail with your health care provider.

The skin is sometimes called the ‘third kidney’ due to its role in the elimination of waste from the body. If your circulation is poor it can slow this vital role and the skin will lose its vibrancy and glow. Dry body brushing assists the body in normal removal of metabolic wastes by stimulating the connective tissue attached to capillaries improving circulation. Regular dry body brushing (at least 3 times per week) combined with a healthy diet and exercising is recommended for best results.

Best dry body brush to use:

A medium or firm bristle brush. The firmer the bristle the better the stimulation of blood to the surface of the skin, thus increasing capillary action and warming the extremities.  If you are new to brushing start with a medium bristle brush, if you are experienced you should opt for the firm bristle brush.

Medium: Detox dry body brush

Firm: Tampico dry body brush

Alleviate a number of causes of “Red Bumps” on the skin such as Keratosis Pillaris, Ingrown hairs and Folliculitis

Keratosis Pillaris
Keratosis Pillaris is a very common skin concern and is due to a build up of the outer layer of skin (the ‘Keratin layer’). When you have too much Keratin a plug is formed which stops the new hair follicle from being able to push through the skin. Dry body brushing with the correct technique helps to buff the top layer of dry skin to assist in breaking down and loosening the keratin layer. This will help open up those plugs so the hair follicles can freely grow and prevent further infection.


Dry Skin Bumps
Dry skin bumps can develop from having dry, dehydrated skin resulting in dead skin build up around the hair follicle. Body brushing in conjunction with a body hydration lotion provides effective treatment by removing built up cells and nourishing the underlying skin.  If left untreated with time other skin concerns may develop like, ingrown hairs, folliculitis and 
unsightly red bumps. If you notice a patch of dry skin that feels rough and has been previously exfoliated but comes back again or bleeds after the shower, you should see your health care provider.


Ingrown Hairs & Folliculitis
Ingrown hair and folliculitis are hairs that could not break through the skin and instead curl just under the skin surface. Sometimes the follicle gets infected and looks like a red bump or pimple.

Winter usually plays havoc with skin being surrounded by lots of tight clothes, and the dry environment (from air conditioning or drier atmospheric conditions) dries skin out. This provides ideal conditions for ingrown hairs and is why dry body brushing is helpful to skin no matter what the season. By brushing off that dry skin, hairs freely break through with ease. Additional skin care products are additionally important for preventing ingrown hairs. Use non-clogging moisturisers and body oils with anti-inflammatory properties, like Jojoba Oil.

Similar to acne, Dry body brushing should never be done over open wounds, active acne cysts or pustules or other open lesions to reduce the chance of spreading infection. 

After each dry brush, spritz the bristles with Tea Tree spray to keep the bristles sanitary, clean and fresh. 

Best dry body brush to use:

The best category of bristle for dry skin is medium or firm bristles.  If you have sensitive skin, you can start with a soft bristle brush, but a medium brush will give you better over all exfoliation and stimulation.  If you are experienced with dry skin brushing, then a firm bristle brush is what you should choose.

Medium: Detox dry body brush

Firm: Tampico dry body brush

Aid in the treatment of Eczema and Psoriasis

Eczema, Psoriasis and other Dry Skin Conditions can be upsetting, especially in the summer when you want to wear shorts and swim wear but are too embarrassed to expose your legs, stomach and arms because of the red, flaky patches on your skin.

Dry face and body brushing creates a cleaner, stronger and more detoxified skin which is essential when caring for dry skin conditions. It increases blood flow, which can help flush areas that have flare-ups, helps lymphatic drainage to remove toxins, and gently buffs off that dry skin build up to assist in cell renewal.

Dry brushing preps clean, vibrant skin ready for natural skin care products to work more effectively and moisturise the skin. Avoid dry brushing areas that are infected or inflamed.

Best dry body brush to use:

A soft or medium bristle brush is best for those with dry skin conditions that have active flare-ups.

Face – Jute dry face brush

Body – Jute dry body brush or Detox dry body brush

Help loose skin regain elasticity and luster

Loose skin can happen after weight loss, especially around the stomach, thighs and under arms. This can be really frustrating if you are doing everything right but without the results you really deserve.

The skin is a living organ that adapts to its environment, therefore it is important to treat your skin like a muscle and work on your Skin Fitness.

Working on your Skin Fitness using dry body brushing, awakens skin functions to excite the collagen & elastin fibres, making the skin more pliable. Body brushing will also stimulate the sweat and oil glands to hydrate the skin while removing dry, dead skin cells to help with cell renewal.

For great skin fitness it is also important to feed the skin with healthy food, weekly exercise and drinking plenty of water. Reducing caffeine, alcohol and excessive time in the sun will also improve the health and look of skin. To compliment body brushing, you can also apply pink clay which will help temporarily tighten the skin. Regular care of your skin will help it bounce back but be patient it will take time for it to naturally repair itself.

Best dry body brush to use:

Use a brush with medium or firm bristles.  If you have sensitive skin, you can start with a soft bristle brush, but a medium brush will give you better over all exfoliation and stimulation.  If you are experienced with dry skin brushing, then a firm bristle brush is what you should choose.

Medium: Detox dry body brush

Firm: Tampico dry body brush

Aid lymphatic circulation and drainage to detoxify and improve overall health

Lymphatic circulation is a vast network of vessels that runs under the surface of the skin and surrounds each organ. Lymph does not have a natural pumping mechanism to function, unlike the venous circulation that uses the heart to pump blood around the body.

The lymphatic system is vital to our body’s ability to filter waste from our cells, and is often known as the “garbage collector”. The lymphatic system soaks up toxins from our internal organs and passes them back into the circulatory system for removal. The last thing you want is a clogged or unhealthy lymphatic system.

Unpleasant side effects of a poor functioning lymphatic system may include: cellulite, a swollen lymph node in the armpit or groin, disruptions on the skin, constant sickness and slow healing. Why? Because the viruses, bacteria, parasites and body waste stay locked within the lymph system unable to escape.

The manual stimulation of dry body brushing across the skin helps excite and activate the lymphatic system, awakens acupressure points, helps reduce cellulite and metabolic waste, nourish and regenerate tissue and keep up a healthy immune system.

The key to dry brushing for lymph stimulation is to avoid pressing HARD on the skin as lymph glands are very delicate. Brush in light, rhythmic strokes in an upward direction across the skin to keep the lymph channels open, moving toward the major lymph nodes in the groin, armpits and base of neck. Ensure you are using the correct technique for best results. 

Other ways to help the Lymphatic system is to have Detox Salt baths to help remove the toxins from the skin. Hot and Cold showers excite the circulation and also tones the skin as does regular exercise.  Yoga, massage and deep breathing into your diaphragm are also extremely helpful and a great stress relief.

Best dry body brush to use:

Use a brush with medium or firm bristles.  If you have sensitive skin, you can start with a soft bristle brush, but a medium brush will give you better over all exfoliation and stimulation.  If you are experienced with dry skin brushing, then a firm bristle brush is what you should choose.

Medium: Detox dry body brush

Firm: Tampico dry body brush

Aid in self tanning for an even, lasting tan

No matter what type of fake tan you use, it’s only as good as the skin you put it on. To prep your skin for the perfect self-tan there are a few simple tips you can follow.

  1. Dry body brush every morning for at least 3 days before you apply the tan. This will remove excess dead skin so the tan only sticks to healthy growing cells making it last longer.
  2. On the day you are going to apply the tan do a final dry body brush. Then while in the shower use a lather with your favourite shower gel or soap making sure it is not oil based which will prevent the tan from absorbing. If you have an exfoliating glove do one final scrub focusing on the knees and elbows for an even tan.
  3. Lightly moisturise with a hydrating moisturiser. Ensure to reach around the hair line, elbows, knees, hands and ankles. Allow a couple of minutes for it to absorb into the skin.
  4. Apply self tan from feet, legs and up the body.
  5. Wet a cloth/washer, wring out the excess water and lightly dab on elbows, wrists, ankles and knees to prevent any unsightly colour build up on dry skin. Wash hands thoroughly, especially in between fingers to ensure there is no residue self tan left.

To prolong the self tan don’t dry body brush for a couple of days and continue to moisturise daily.

Once you are ready to remove the self tan, start dry body brushing again. In the shower use an exfoliating glove with your shower gel products and apply Jojoba oil after your shower at night.

Best dry body brush to use:

Use a brush with medium or firm bristles.  If you have sensitive skin, you can start with a soft bristle brush, but a medium brush will give you better over all exfoliation and stimulation.  If you are experienced with dry skin brushing, then a firm bristle brush is what you should choose.

Medium: Detox dry body brush

Firm: Tampico dry body brush

Eliminate the need for expensive chemical exfoliants

Regular body brushing will make your skin glow because it is assisting the body in a number of natural functions. This means you can replace a drawer full of chemical exfoliants and other skin products with a reusable and natural body brush which not only saves you money, but might also eliminate some nasty toxins from your life. In addition, you’ll also reduce the need for the ingredients and packaging which is great for our environment.

 

Summary

There is a huge amount of information in this post, and if you made it this far thanks for reading. We explored a lot of the benefits of dry body brushing from treating skin conditions such as dry or flaky skin, acne, red bumps, Eczema and Psoriasis to ingrown hairs and folliculitis. We also explored body brushing as a way to improve circulation, lymphatic drainage and skin stimulation to improve elasticity. Finally we showed you how body brushing can easily fit into your tanning routine for that perfect even bronze glow. In general we showed how dry body brushing:

  • Assists with stimulation of sweat and oil glands, contributing to the restoration of moist, supple skin
  • Strengthens the skin pores by assisting with increased skin tone
  • Provides gentle stretching of connective tissues to regenerate production of collagen and elastin fibres.
  • Alleviates vein and lymph congestion to reduce orange-peel appearance or cellulite
  • Exfoliates dry, rough skin, enabling moisturising products to readily absorb into the skin

Be sure to check out our other posts on how to body brush and also on selecting the right body brush for you.

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