By Dr. Rohit Batra, Dermatologist
Dry skin brushing refers to the brushing of your skin when it is dry with a brush made of natural bristles. It helps unclog pores and remove dead skin cells, giving your skin a soft feel and a glowing appearance.
The skin functions as an eliminator of toxins, but if it has clogged pores and dead skin cells, it will not be able to perform detoxification efficiently. One-third of your body’s toxins are eliminated through the skin and hence, dry brushing helps unclog pores and remove dead skin to facilitate that.
How to do it?
- Get a natural bristle brush, preferably with a long handle so you can reach all areas of your body
- Start brushing at your feet in long sweeping motions, towards your heart
- Brush everywhere except for your face, genitals, and other sensitive areas, always brushing towards your heart
- After having brushed for anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes, have a bath and follow up by applying oil all over your body
- Do this twice every day
Why should you dry brush?
Dry brushing has been experimented with and has proven to have many benefits, which are.
1. Stimulate your lymphatic system
The lymphatic system works to eliminate cellular waste from your body. Waste is collected from your tissues and transported to your blood stream for elimination by a network of lymphatic tubules. This is known as lymphatic drainage. Improper working of the lymphatic system leads to a buildup of toxins, which make you sick. Dry brushing stimulates your lymphatic system and aids in detoxification.
2. Increases blood circulation
Dry brushing increases blood circulation to your skin, improving elimination of toxins through perspiration.
Dry brushing removes dead skin cells, thus promoting the formation of new skin cells. Exfoliating clears clogged pores and allows your skin to breathe, improving its quality and appearance. It also reduces ingrown hairs and bumps on your skin.
4. Reduces Cellulite
Dry skin brushing helps reduce hard fat deposits beneath the skin while distributing them evenly. It removes toxins, which in turn break the connective tissues that make up cellulite, thereby reducing cellulite.
5. Relieves stress
Dry brushing can act as a stress reliever, reducing tension in your muscles and calming your mind.
6. Improves nervous system function
It stimulates the nerve endings, which in turn activate muscle fibers and improve muscle tone. People who have sagging skin will benefit from this as it tightens and tones the skin and body.