Body Brushing – Hype or Beneficial?

Giulia was interviewed recently by Beauty Crew about this invigorating body treatment. Here is the goss!

What is dry body brushing?

Dry body brushing is actually a relaxing way to increase skin circulation and exfoliate the skin. Very popular amongst celebrities, it is touted to reduce cellulite, improve the appearance of the skin and help to regulate the skin cell cycle. 

What are the benefits?

As we get older, our skin cell turnover can become sluggish, and we need to do everything we can to improve the rate of replacement. By sloughing away the dead skin cells, by literally brushing the dead skin cells away, the stem cell layer speeds up turnover. This is great for skin vitality, radiance and brightness of the skin. Our legs are less likely to get ingrown hairs too.

Our skin becomes more vibrant through increased skin circulation, which is great for delivering nutrients and oxygen to the skin. And let’s face it, whenever skin is oxygenated, it is healthier and glowing. This means that we will also be more likely to reduce environmental build up and oxidants, due to the increased lymphatic drainage that you create through dry brushing.

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Can dry body brushing help prevent/reduce the appearance of cellulite? If so, how?

Increased skin circulation and vitality can lead to better hydration of the skin. Although abuzz in the celebrity world with supposedly benefits of reduced cellulite after dry brushing, this is not quite true. Anatomically, cellulite is due to the compartment storage of fat in the skin, very much like honey in a honeycomb, fat appears dimpled. So dry brushing cannot break up the fat compartments, but can certainly reduce the appearance of the dimples in skin.

Keep in mind too that there is less of the dimple orange peel effect from cellulite due to the increased circulation too. At this stage, there are no medical studies to show a reduction in cellulite with regular dry body brushing.

Can dry brushing be used instead of exfoliating treatments? 

Dry brushing is a great alternative to exfoliating the skin, especially in those people who are sensitive to the usual AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) contained in skincare based exfoliators.Dry brushing mechanically lifts and scrubs away dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Unlike its skincare counterparts, you do need to be careful with dry brushing though. It is really common that you will press harder in easy to reach areas like the front of the legs, and less hard on the back of the legs and buttocks. This means that over exfoliation can happen in those easy to reach areas, and less exfoliation in the harder to reach areas. Since skin cells are created every 28 days, it is important to exfoliate or dry brush no more than once a week to avoid being too harsh on your skin. And it might be handy to grab your partner to help out in the hard to access areas!

However dry body brushing is too harsh for the face, and there are far too many angles and delicate structures to avoid. I would recommend that you use your skincare regime to provide regulated exfoliation here.

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What’s the best way to do it? Any particular technique you should use?

The key to dry body brushing is to work on the lymphatic system. With this in mind, I would recommend that you work from the feet upwards, slowly moving closer to the thighs, stomach and so on towards the heart. After all, the heart is the central area of the circulatory system, so to make the most of dry brushing we need to assist our body to bring fluid upwards to the heart. The key is to use upwards strokes to assist the circulatory and lymphatic system.

Don’t forget to brush your feet too, as the skin is always thicker here.

Once you have undertaken dry body brushing, it is the perfect time to get in the shower to reduce any dusty skin cells that are left behind. Just don’t make the shower too hot, to reduce dehydration and 

Anything you would like to add?

When selecting a body brush, look for natural bristles, rather than synthetic ones. A body brush that is on a long handle can help you to reach behind your legs and also parts of your back.

I would recommend asking your partner to assist in the areas that are hard to reach, and also prone to ingrown hairs and dead skin build up. This is particularly common on the buttocks.

Read the published article here

Thanks for reading!

Written by Giulia D’Anna

BDSc (Melb), MRACDS, Honorary FIADFE (NY), Graduate Diploma Dermal Therapies (AACDS), Cert. Practice Man (UNE), Editor APJ (APAN) + | + 3 Belmore Road, Balwyn North, Victoria, Australia 3104 + | + Founder of iDental and Dermal Distinction

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