If you haven’t already noticed, some healthy habits cost a lot – in terms of money, resources, and time.
Stocking up the fridge with healthy food makes a dent in your paycheck. Staying active might cost you a few hundred dollars for an annual gym membership – not to mention the time you spend working out.
Even de-stressing with a yoga session can eat up 30-45 minutes at a time.
Don’t get me wrong. The health benefits of these activities definitely outweigh the costs, but when you’re pressed for time, it can get challenging to find enough hours in the day to add yet another healthy habit to your crammed schedule.
What if I told you that for less than $20 total – and a mere 10 minutes a day – there’s an easy way to look and feel better, plus improve your health?
Dry brushing can significantly improve skin health.
And as the largest organ of the body – an organ that’s responsible for a pretty solid chunk of our detoxing needs – keeping your skin healthy can translate to good overall health too. Dry brushing isn’t a replacement for a healthy diet and regular exercise, but it’s a great addition to your healthy lifestyle.
Best of all, dry brushing is easy and effective.
If you can wake up just 10 minutes earlier in the morning, you can squeeze in a quick dry brush session. That’s right, this healthy practice doesn’t require cutting out a big chunk of your day or emptying out your wallet to reap the benefits.
So why not give it a try?
Let’s look at the reasons everyone should start dry brushing to improve their health. You might be surprised at how much of an impact this simple technique can have.
Top 9 Dry Skin Brushing Benefits
1. It promotes circulation.
By dry brushing your skin, you increase circulation and promote blood flow so that skin cells can turn over and renew.
Poor blood circulation can cause blotchiness, dark spots, and slow scar healing.
Regular dry brushing, on the other hand, can lead to a more even skin tone, improved skin texture, and even a reduction in the appearance of cellulite.
Improved blood circulation also helps support whole body health by promoting the flow of oxygen-rich blood. From our head to our toes, this is beneficial.
For best results and to boost circulation even more, always ensure that you’re dry brushing towards your heart rather than away.
2. It feels good.
Many people start dry brushing for the health benefits but end up continuing because it makes them feel good.
Besides making your skin brighter, tighter, and more radiant, dry brushing is an excellent way to wake up and rejuvenate in the morning.
Once you start dry brushing, you might find the feeling of having smoother, firmer skin invigorating too.
3. It exfoliates your skin.
Dry brushing helps keep skin exfoliated by getting rid of dead skin cells, allowing skin to suck up moisture and stay hydrated.
Exfoliating also aids in the process of skin renewal. As dry, dull skin cells are removed, it allows healthy new cells to form. This also inhibits buildup, keeping pores clear.
This means that skin will look more vibrant and bright. Exfoliating can also alleviate uneven texture to reveal smoother, softer skin.
Bonus: regular exfoliation can help prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, keeping your skin looking young.
4. It can improve digestion.
That’s right, another amazing benefit to add to the list: dry brushing can help with digestion too.
When you dry brush your skin, you’re removing dead skin cells and unclogging blocked pores. This allows your skin to breathe better and also streamlines its ability to effectively eliminate toxins.
The health of our skin, as our largest organ, largely influences the health of our entire body. It’s the first line of defense against preventing bacteria from entering our system.
Keeping it clear so that it can do its job effectively is vital to making the job of the digestive system easier. Blocking bacteria from entering the body early on keeps the digestive system from having to work harder later on.
5. It can relieve stress.
To get the most from the stress-busting benefits of dry brushing, set aside a certain time each day when you can create a calming environment, quiet your mind of distractions, and focus dry brushing as personal time to take care of yourself.
Maybe it can become an energizing start to the morning, or quiet time you look forward to as a relaxing way to unwind after a long day. Either way, taking that time for yourself can help keep stress at bay.
6. It improves muscle tone.
Not only does dry brushing offer circulatory and digestive benefits, but it can help support muscle toning as well.
Dry brushing activates the nervous system, which helps to improve muscle tone by stimulating muscle fibers. It also improves circulation, promoting the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to muscles to help with recovery and toning.
Through this mechanism, dry brushing is able to tighten skin, which is important if you’ve recently lost weight and are looking for a natural remedy to fix sagging.
7. It helps you detox your body.
The lymphatic system runs throughout the entire body and helps rid the body of toxins and waste, essentially acting as our own personal cleanup crew. The system works by collecting waste from our tissues and organs and moving it through the blood to be drained.
A healthy lymphatic system is crucial to maintaining good health. If it isn’t functioning correctly, toxins can slowly accumulate, eventually leading to congestion and illness.
Dry brushing works to stimulate the lymphatic system and help activate lymphatic drainage. This promotes the excretion of toxins and pumps up our immune system, preventing inflammation and optimizing our health.
8. It improves kidney function.
The skin and kidneys are closely linked in several key ways. Both are responsible for detoxing the body through the excretion of toxins.
In the case of the skin, that means pushing sweat out through the pores. For the kidneys, our blood is filtered and any waste is removed.
Dry brushing improves skin health by removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores so that the skin can properly expel toxins.
Catching and excreting toxins early can help ease the burden on the kidneys so that they won’t need to work as hard later on, enabling them to function better.
9. It can reduce cellulite.
One of the biggest skin problems faced by men and women alike is cellulite.
Cellulite causes a lumpy, dimpled appearance on skin, most usually on the thighs, buttocks, hips, or stomach.
Fighting cellulite often seems like an uphill battle. When you have a stubborn patch of cellulite that won’t go away, sometimes it seems like it doesn’t matter how many salads you eat or how many hours you spend at the gym.
Dry brushing cellulite can actually reduce the appearance of dimpled skin, often when other methods don’t seem to work.
It works by promoting circulation and stimulating the lymphatic system, which can help improve skin’s texture. Dry brushing is not a permanent fix, however, so continue brushing regularly to sustain skin changes.
Finding the Right Brush
As you can see, dry skin brushing benefits your entire body, and all for less than $20.
I recommend opting for a natural bristle dry body brush with a long handle so that you can easily reach your entire body. These are available online or at your local health food store.
Ready to give it a shot?
How to Dry Brush Your Skin
1. Undress and stand in either your shower or on a tiled surface. This will make clean up easier later.
2. Using long sweeping motions, start brushing at your feet and move upwards. Make sure you brush over each area a few times and as a general rule of thumb, always brush towards your heart to aid in circulation and follow the natural flow of lymph.
3. For more sensitive areas, take care not to brush too hard. With time and continued dry brushing, your skin will become less sensitive. Your dry brushing session should last between 5 to 10 minutes.
4. After you’ve brushed your whole body, it’s time for a shower. To get your blood flowing and really promote circulation, alternate the temperature between hot and cold.
5. After showering, make sure you moisturize. Coconut oil is a great choice for clearing and hydrating your skin, especially after dry brushing.
6. Clean your brush every week with soap and water to keep it hygienic. Always let it air dry immediately after to prevent mildew or mold.
Healthier Skin Awaits
I recommend dry brushing at least once a day before showering and up to twice daily for optimal results. If you have sensitive skin, it’s okay to work your way up to that. Start with twice weekly and slowly increase frequency.
Dry brushing is a simple way to improve your health with minimal time, money, or effort required on your end. Give it a try and see the benefits for yourself! After all, what is there to lose?
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Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.