Walk into a luxe spa and you may well be given a long-handled wooden brush along with your robe and slippers.
What should you do with this thing, exactly? Dry brushing is the process of using a brush with stiff bristles against the skin to help exfoliate dead cells from the skin surface and enhance blood flow.
Gently brushing the skin is a form of physical exfoliation, meaning it can slough away dead skin, leaving it smoother.
The brush should never break the skin and it also shouldn't hurt.
The benefits of dry brushing
Regular dry brushing can help you remove lymphatic waste more efficiently. Lymphatic tubes attract toxins from the tissues and transport them to the blood to be eliminated. Congestion of the lymphatic system can host a lot of health problems including inflammation and congestion.
Dry brushing is fantastic for skin exfoliation, especially during the winter months when skin is typically dry. It also can lead to clearer, brighter, smoother skin, too. Dry brushing removes built-up skin cells and debris than can block pores and lead to acne.
One of the most touted dry brushing benefits is its ability to banish the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is a build-up of toxins in fat cells. Dry brushing decomposes toxins and allows them to be flashed out of your system.
Relieve stress. If you do it correctly, dry brushing can be a form of meditation. It can also give you the impression of a light massage, a sense of care that calms your nerves, reduces muscle tension and calms your mind.