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What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is a type of Ayurvedic medicine that has been around for centuries. It’s believed to have many health benefits and works by exfoliating the skin. Watch the video below to see the direction to rub the brush with coarse, natural fiber bristles over your body in a particular pattern. The idea is that the coarse fibers will help to remove dead skin and improve the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins through the pores.
Please be gentle on the inside area of your arm above the elbow and behind your knees. We recommend using BiON’s glycolc cream to compliment this treatment to smooth and soften skin which is also excellent for the feet, elbows and knees.
This brush is from the premium range of non-toxic Dry Body Brushes made in Europe, it has not been sprayed with chemicals. Long curved handle made from FSC certified beechwood that has been heat treated to easily reach and brush your back. The bristles are made of the finest Tampico plant bristles that won’t scratch the skin.
What are the benefits of dry brushing?
Dry brushing may help your body release toxins. It may also help you relax. There’s little data to support the benefits of dry brushing, but for most people, there’s also little harm in practicing dry brushing. There is little scientific evidence to support the benefits of dry brushing. There is anecdotal evidence, however. The possible benefits include the following:
Some of the benefits may include:
- stimulating the lymphatic system exfoliating the skin
- helping the body rid itself of toxins increasing circulation and energy exfoliation
- helping to break down cellulite
Make sure you rinse your brush after you have completed your brushing routine. Dry it in an open, sunny area to prevent mildew. Clean your brush once a week using soap and water. You should also avoid sharing your brush with anyone. This can help prevent the risk for infection.
If you have a skin condition, such as psoriasis, you should speak with your doctor before dry brushing. Be sure to avoid brushing over or around an open wound or infection.
Cellulite is a condition that mostly affects women. Areas affected by cellulite have a rippled or “cottage cheese” appearance. The cause is not fully known.
Massage has been shown to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Some claim that dry brushing can reduce the appearance of cellulite because it has similar effects on the body as massage. There’s no scientific data to support this theory, and it’s not a recognized treatment by most doctors.
“[Dry brushing] does exfoliate, which is fine if not done too vigorously,” says Dr. Carolyn Jacobs, a board-certified dermatologist and director at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology. “But it won’t help cellulite as that is due to fat and collagen bands in women.”
The coarse bristles can brush away dry, dead cells from the skin. This can leave your skin more smooth and soft.
How to practice dry brushing
To dry brush, use a natural fiber brush with a long handle. The long handle will help you reach all areas of your body. Follow these steps:
Start at your feet and move up your body. Brush your skin using wide, circular, clockwise motions, useing only light pressure in areas where your skin is thin and harder pressure on thicker skin, like the soles of your feet. Brush your arms after you have brushed your feet, legs, and mid-section, and you should brush upward towards your armpits
After dry brushing, take a cool shower to help remove the dry skin.
After your shower, dry off, and then consider adding natural plant oil, such as olive or coconut oil, to moisturize your skin.
When you first start dry brushing, it’s best to begin with a light brushing. As you get used to it, you can increase the pressure.
Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken. These include areas with: rashes, wounds, cuts and infections.
Also, never brush an area affected by poison oak, poison ivy, or psoriasis. Don’t dry brush your face unless you’re using a softer brush made for that purpose.
Lymphatic system and the removal of toxins
The lymphatic system helps your body fight off infections. Fluids flow through the system and are filtered through the lymph nodes. If you’re sick or exposed to a lot of toxins, the system may become backed up and clogged. That is why your lymph nodes often become swollen when you have a cold.
Dry brushing is thought to help the body release toxins through sweat. The coarse bristles on the brush stimulate the pores and open them up. This makes it easier for the body to sweat, which in turn reduces the number of toxins flowing through the lymphatic system.
There is little research to support this claim.
Similar to a massage, dry brushing may make you feel relaxed. To make the most of this benefit, practice dry brushing in a dark, quiet space.
What supplies do I need?
All you need to dry brush at home is a brush with natural fibre bristles. You should also look for one with a long handle to help you reach every part of your body.
We also recommend using the BiON Glycolic Skin Cream available in the clinic.
What are the risks of dry brushing?
Dry brushing may not be for everyone. If you have sensitive skin or a skin condition, such as psoriasis, speak with your doctor before dry brushing.
Some people should avoid dry brushing or proceed with caution. People with open or inflamed skin, including people with eczema and psoriasis, should avoid dry brushing over the inflamed area. You should also avoid dry brushing over an open wound. You could introduce bacteria to the wound, which could lead to infection.