What if I tell you there's a simple wellness trick that only takes five minutes a day, costs nothing, and helps cleanse your body, inside and out? Dry skin brushing has a number of health benefits and is so simple to do.
So how does Face Dry Brushing work?
I am going to assume that you have probably heard a thing or two about the benefits of dry brushing your body.
Here is the deal with body dry brushing: Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it's also an organ of elimination.
Which means that big amount of the toxins in your body are expelled through the skin. Dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete these toxins trapped in the skin.
Dry body brushing is great for detoxing the lymphatic system and said to exfoliate and awaken the skin.
Face dry brushing works pretty much the same way. It offers so many benefits and is very affordable.
Plus it can replace harsh chemical exfoliating scrubs (containing little plastic beads) and it is much gentler than Clarisonic.
Choosing the Right type of brush
However, before you grab your body coarse brush and start rubbing your face, please take this into account:
A face dry brush is an entirely different tool. It's made of very fine and soft natural bristles.
In fact, it feels and looks very much like a stiff makeup brush.
Plus face dry brushing can feel really good — like a very subtle face massage.
(...as long as you're very, very gentle)
In order to prevent skin irritation, choose a natural (not synthetic) bristle brush.
I got mine from Amazon, but I guess you can find a decent one in your local drug store and even in the grocery store.
Benefits of Face Dry Brushing
Exfoliates dead skin and unclogs pores
Once I mentioned that I am not a big fan of chemical exfoliators. In fact, almost all my skin care products are DIY or as close to the nature as possible.
When it comes to exfoliation, I have a whole arsenal with DIY recipes for face scrubs (You can claim my free DIY face scrubs here).
Besides the scrubs, to exfoliate my face I use 2 tools - my konjac sponge and my facial dry brush - You can heck my post about konjac sponge here.
The brush works great as exfoliator as its bristles slough the dead skin cells away (those bastards lead to blackheads and acne).
Regularly face brushing promotes healthy, breathing skin thus helps your skin absorb more nutrients.
Note: Avoid face dry brushing in the midst of a breakout, since the friction can irritate already inflamed blemishes.
Stimulates your lymphatic system
I know I might be talking about lymphatic drainage a bit too much...
Bur I have a reason to do so --> As the lymph nodes assist with the expelling of toxins, if it is not functioning properly, your skin may suffer from acne, loss of elasticity, premature aging and overall, have a flakey texture.
Picture yourself having a shower at home and think of the lymphatic system
as your shower’s drainage system.
When the drains become blocked or congested with waste, drainage of water is poor.
It stagnates, backs up, pools and over time it becomes a rather toxic, smelly sludge.
Subsequently the shower drain can no longer clear itself and assistance is required...
A similar scenario occurs in our body when our lymphatic drainage system becomes congested with waste products.
Therefore regularly face dry brushing can encourage the lymphatic system's detoxification process. Hello skin glow!
Improves facial blood circulation
Here is another benefit of face dry brushing - it increases the blood flow to the face.
It might sound irrelevant for enhancing your beauty but let me explain -
Poor blood circulation affects the skin health and appearance.
It can cause skin discoloration, acne, inflammation, wrinkles and aged skin.
Increasing facial blood circulation can improve the complexion and provide a more youthful look.
Dry brushing is also a great way to help your skin absorb your skin care products.
After face dry brushing, be sure to use a moisturizer (same as after face scrubbing), and sunscreen if it's daytime.
Remember to clean your brush after every use.
You can find more about the post-brush glow in my upcoming step-by-step guide for face dry brushing.
So stay tuned and take care!