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Benefits of Dry-Brushing

The Benefits of Dry-Brushing

After sugaring (or any other form of hair removal!), it is important to exfoliate. There are many ways to do so, from sugar scrubs to exfoliating gloves, loofahs to pumice stones. One of the options we highly recommend is dry-brushing.


How to Dry-Brush

Dry-brushing should be done daily for best result, or at a minimum twice per week to avoid ingrown hairs. You can brush your entire body, starting from your outer extremities and brushing inwards towards your heart. When brushing, apply a small amount of pressure, however, it should not be painful. After a session, your skin should be slightly pink, but if it is red you are applying too much pressure and need to lighten up. Keep in mind there are special brushes available for facial exfoliation. Do not use your regular dry-brush on your face, as the regular brushes will be too coarse for your delicate facial skin.


Benefits of Dry-Brushing

1. Detoxification:

Dry-brushing assists your body with detoxification. This is done by increasing blood circulation and therefore promoting lymph flow and drainage. Many lymph vessels are located directly under the skin. Therefore, dry-brushing regularly helps stimulate lymph flow, allowing the body to detoxify naturally.


2. Exfoliation:

Exfoliation tends to be the main reason people start dry-brushing. After all, it is incredibly important to exfoliate after any form of hair removal, including sugaring, waxing, and shaving. Exfoliation removes the outer layer of dead skin cells to prevent hairs from becoming ingrown on regrowth. After dry-brushing, your skin will feel incredibly smooth and soft! Dry-brushing also does not remove moisture from your skin, as is typical with wet exfoliation. Dry-brushing is also recommended on the face, to stimulate collagen production and keep your skin looking young.


3. Temporary Cellulite Reduction:

The act of dry brushing is said to soften fat deposits just below the skin. The fat deposits are more evenly distributed, helping to diminish the appearance of cellulite. This act is temporary however, and the decreased cellulite will normalize over a day or two. While the effects are temporary, dry-brushing can be useful if you are looking to lower the appearance of cellulite for an event, or if you dry-brush on a regular basis.


4. Improving Kidney Function:

Naturopaths agree that dry-brushing benefits go even further beneath the skin in that dry-brushing aids in kidney function and digestion. Massaging of the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess waters and toxins, improving digestion and kidney function, and helping you feel lighter and less bloated.


5. Energy Boost:

Ask anyone who regularly dry-brushes and they will tell you it is extremely invigorating! It is not known why you will get a huge energy boost from dry-brushing, but many people swear by this unique phenomenon.


Though this energy boost is great in the mornings, we suggest timing your sessions so as not to do them directly before you head to bed!


Interested in giving it a try? Stop in and we would love to answer any questions you may have!