Just to be clear – anything that can offer me those three things, I am going to try immediately.
But, was rubbing a firm-bristled brush that seemed best suited for a farm animal up and down my body really going to make me morph into Miranda Kerr, who swears by dry brushing?
Well, I was certainly going to try and see.
Benefits of Dry Brushing Your Face:
There are several touted health benefits to dry brushing, beyond the slightly redder (and more sensitive) skin you will have from rubbing what is essentially a loofah brush all over yourself.
Similar to exfoliating your face with a scrub or mask, some of the benefits will be immediately obvious – such as skin so soft you can’t stop petting yourself.
Other health benefits are not 100% certain, but they’re compelling enough to consider.
After all, if it might make me age like Gwyneth Paltrow – then gimme the brush and let’s get started.
1. Excellent Exfoliation:
If you have an autoimmune disease like me, or you struggle with health issues that may not be diagnosed (or maybe they are), then there is a likely chance you have extra inflammation in your body.
Dry brushing does the same thing for your body as exfoliating does for your face – it removes the top layer of dead skin, allowing your pores to breathe and your skin to shine.
2. Lymphatic Drainage:
Drybrushing can also help flush out toxins that our bodies are just not effective at clearing out.
Because of this stimulation to the lymphatic system, our bodies will be able to giddyup on the drainage, which will allow for skin healing, too.
We harbor a lot of bacteria on our face, which is why we are seeing a surge in probiotic skincare now, and drybrushing is a really affordable way to help detox the bad and encourage more of the good.
3. Improved Circulation:
You can thank all the extra blood flow for that redness and glow, too, since dry brushing increases circulation in your face.
This will give you a nice pink complexion for awhile and a bit more plumpness, too.
Make sure not to rub so much it hurts. In fact, you want to rub very gently, so you don’t damage any skin.
If it hurts, ease up. And, don’t rub the same area too many times.
While it won’t feel like a massage, it shouldn’t hurt.
4. Wrinkle Reduction:
Hurrah, the gold standard of any skincare. It feels nice, but does it reduce wrinkles?
Because of the exfoliation and improved circulation, you should see younger skin! Will it last as long as a facelift?
Probably not – but you can do this much more often, for much less (pain and cost).
That’s a win to me.
How To Dry Brush Your Face:
The goal is to be gentle and to move in small, short strokes in the direction you’d like your skin to go.
That means up the neck and then from the center of your face out to the sides.
Some say to make large circles, but I don’t like the feeling when I do that. I like to train my skin to go out, not in.
So, to clear things up, I made this little printable for you on how to dry brush your face.
To download, just click on the image and it’ll open up in a new window:
To start dry brushing, you’ll want one of these affordable dry brushes to make your skin shine (affiliate links used):
Have you tried dry brushing? Did you like it? Tell me in the comments below.
To our health,