If there’s one trend that has taken the world of beauty by storm, it is dry brushing. Scroll through your Instagram feed and you’ll find over 45,000 posts under the hashtag #drybrushing: yes, it’s all the rage. From beauty bloggers to the biggest celebrities in B-town, everyone can’t stop raving about its benefits for healthy, glowing skin.
But before we speak about its wonders, let’s understand what exactly is dry brushing. This ancient skincare technique is all about brushing your skin with a natural brush, usually before taking a shower. It is incredibly simple and offers benefits galore!
So without further ado, let’s get down to the benefits of dry brushing:
1. Exfoliates the skin
If you want to exfoliate your skin, there’s nothing better than dry brushing. And you know the best part? The results are visible from the very first use. The removal of dead skin cells helps to polish skin, unclogs pores, and eliminates toxins from the skin. Unlike other forms of exfoliation, dry brushing involves no barrier between the skin and brush, and that means glowing skin in no time!
2. Increases blood circulation
Dry brushing involves brushing your skin in long strokes towards the heart, and it is this technique that helps to enhance blood circulation in the body. Practice this daily ritual to balance and rejuvenate the nervous system, and say hello to plump and radiant skin!
3. Relaxes your body
Just like massaging soothes your nerves, dry brushing is equally therapeutic! No wonder, it is the favourite of spas and salons. Dry brushing relaxes tense muscles in the body, and reduces anxiety in no time!
4. Prevents ingrown hair
Don’t we all know how important it is to exfoliate before waxing or shaving body hair? That’s why make sure you go for dry brushing before any hair removal procedure. It will keep ingrown hair at bay, and at the same time, remove any extra dirt and grime to make your skin even smooth and healthy!
5. Reduces the appearance of cellulite
Regular dry brushing can help in the even distribution of fat deposits under the skin. Improved circulation means oxygenated blood reaches the skin’s surface, which gives it a better tone and elasticity. In a 2006 study, it was found that massaging the skin can help tackle cellulite. And since dry brushing has a similar effect, it is known to minimise the appearance of cellulite.
But before you try this beauty trend, make sure you do a patch test. Those who have sensitive or extremely dry skin, or are suffering from skin conditions like rashes, wounds, sunburn, eczema and psoriasis should completely avoid dry brushing!
For others, embrace this trend and get smooth and glowing skin in no time!