Self-care can be lengthy and tedious for those truly committed to it. Does it have to be, though? We all want to radiate robust health and vibrancy through our appearance. Above and beyond basic hygiene — showering, hair-washing and tooth-brushing — we groom ourselves to convey neatness, order and style. We dress ourselves likewise. For all of the preparations, however, degraded skin can short-circuit the efforts to look vital and healthful. Skin tone, hue and resilience all suffer over time: aging, weather, diet and stress all take their toll. Still, these outcomes can be somewhat countered through simple dry brushing.
Dry brushing is low-tech, inexpensive and enjoyable. There are no downsides.
The term “dry brushing” is self-descriptive. Using a body brush with bristles stiff enough to clean and stimulate — yet not enough to do any harm — you simply buff the skin with gentle pressure that performs two functions: exfoliation and rejuvenation.
You can not argue with results.
Dry brushing exfoliates the skin, i.e. literally removes layers of dead cells from the epidermis. Some exfoliant creams on the market run for as much as $100. A body brush is purchased for much less…and it does not run out. Meanwhile, it cleanses the surface of lifeless tissue. In so doing, it optimizes the performance of topical treatments like moisturizers and self-tanners. Skin is left super-smooth and radiant.
In addition, dry brushing promotes skin health by fostering the circulation beneath and stimulating the lymphatic system. This not only removes harmful toxins, but also strengthens the immune system.
Another argument in favor of dry brushing is its cost-effectiveness and permanence. Paying $50 for an exfoliating or cleansing cream might last you a few months at best. The brush, by contrast, is permanent — it neither runs out nor expires. No replacement is necessary, at least not for a very long time.
The health benefits derived from dry brushing are more than, pardon the pun, skin-deep. As noted, stress can lead to skin damage. Conversely, attentive skin care like dry brushing has a positive effect on mental health. In fact, it produces many benefits similar to those related to massage, including stress reduction. As a result, hormonal imbalances brought on by stress are given a chance to correct themselves. At any rate, they get no worse.
Dry brushing also releases stubborn cellulite deposits, softening them and changing the exterior appearance of the skin.
When you get right down to it, dry brushing is a basic and necessary form of self-care. It might seem inconsequential but it is actually an act that enhances positive emotions and bolster self-respect. We are worth the efforts that advance our health and improve our appearance. With each light stroke of the brush, we do not just bring out the natural sheen of our skin, we allow the world to experience us at our best. We make the statement that our lives have value and deserve the appropriate respect.
Tes, all that from a few strokes of the brush.