Have you heard people talking about dry-brushing for the body and face? Supposedly a gentle cleansing method, the process allows you to cleanse your skin without removing its protective layer of acids and oils! But is it really good for the skin? We’re going to give you all the details… 😉
What is dry-brushing?
Dry-brushing allows your pores to be freed up and get rid of the skin’s toxins while encouraging blood and lymphatic circulation. It gently and effectively eliminates dead cells from the skin, and the accumulation of dirt and acid, and thoroughly cleanses the pores. With dry-cleansing, you’re avoiding cosmetics products and, by extension, products that are loaded with SLS and silicone…
How and when to do dry-brushing?
The best time for dry-brushing is just before a shower or bath, when the skin is dry and bare. In the morning, it’ll tone your skin and wake you up! And in the evening, dry-washing, via a sort of self-massaging, allows you to relax after a busy day.
For this, all you need to do is to brush your face with a plant fibre brush. Start with very gentle motions and adjust the intensity of the brushing according to the sensitivity of your skin. The basic idea behind this is to brush from the body’s extremities into the centre so as to boost the effectiveness! This should take between 3 and 5 minutes.
You can then take a hot shower or bath! No more need for shower gel, other than for intimate zones, or if you have sweated a lot and would prefer to use it. In this case, use a cold-processed superfatted soap that is natural and organic, to treat your skin respectfully!
The advantages of dry-brushing
This method of dry-brushing brings about lots of advantages, for instance:
- Get rid of dead skin cells: gentler, brighter, and silky, firmer and stripped of toxins
- Rid your skin of toxic cosmetic products containing SLS, silicones…
- Energising stimulation of the body which encourages improved circulation
- Minimise pores and oily build-ups thanks to its exfoliating action
- Improve the function of the nervous system and strengthen the immune system
- The feeling of wellbeing, agility, and invigoration
- It can be practised anywhere
But is it really good for the skin?
In reality, dry-brushing can be really aggressive on the skin, particularly if you aren’t doing it right. Your skin can get aggravated and take on a bright red colour.
If you are eczema, psoriasis or shingles-prone, it can worsen the condition and damage your skin by aggravating the affected areas. It is better to use a cold-processed and unscented soap, which will purify your skin without aggressing it!
Other than that, oily and acne-prone skin can feel aggravated by the process and respond by producing more sebum and creating impurities (spots, blackheads…). Forget dry-brushing if you have oily skin. It is much better to opt for a gentle cleanser free from SLS and silicone, to treat the skin and regulate sebum production.
If you have varicose veins, brushing your legs can be really harmful. The same goes for a pregnant belly or allergic skin. Be careful around theses sensitive areas!
Even if dry-brushing has multiple benefits, it is important to do it in a gentle and sensible way (no more than once a week) so as to not aggravate the skin, and to do so on healthy skin.
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