Here’s What Dry Brushing Your Skin Actually Does

The skin is our largest organ, yet sometimes it can be the most neglected, especially skin that is not part of our face. In fact, the skin is one of the most toxic parts of the body and is responsible for eliminating these toxins. A common way to remove toxins from the skin is by using chemical exfoliants in the shower. However, recently dry brushing has gained popularity as a superior alternative, providing additional benefits on top of just removing dead skin cells.

Here are some of the benefits we’ve found:

Exfoliate Dry Skin

First and foremost, the main benefit most people will notice when they start dry brushing is the removal of dead, dry skin cells. By running firm bristles over the skin, it helps to loosen and remove these dead skin cells. Dry brushing your skin expedites the skin rejuvenation process as it quickly gets rid of the dead skin cells, therefore speeding up the formation of new ones. New skin cells are usually softer, smoother and have a natural glow. 


Improved Blood Circulation Can Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite 

Cellulite is the dimpling of the skin caused by the protrusion of the subcutaneous adipose tissue. The subcutaneous adipose tissue is a connective tissue that stores fat to protect the body. Unfortunately, this tissue gets filled with toxins to the point that it can bulge the skin. By dry brushing the skin, you are able to massage the tissue and help break down the toxins that may have accumulated.

Your skin may become red after dry brushing, which can be a sign of temporary inflammation but can also be a result of increased blood circulation, as your body is pushing more blood to the areas you have dry brushed. Over time as you continue dry brushing, the blood flow to and from the skin is improved, which can strengthen the skin and give an appearance of a smoother look and feel. 

Unclogs Pores and Aids in Nutrient Absorption By the Skin

A combination of dead skin cells, environmental pollution and sweat can clog our pores, prohibiting our skin's ability to effectively absorb vital nutrients our body needs. Frequent dry brushing will help to exfoliate and open up pores of the skin to eliminate waste and absorb nutrients, moisture, and sunlight. 

Aids With Lymphatic Drainage

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body to help get rid of toxins. The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system and many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin. Advocates of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify naturally.

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