Updated: Aug 11, 2020
Article from Hello Glow
Why is it that some of the healthiest habits make us look and feel kind of ridiculous? (See: oil pulling, yoga, turmeric masks.) Dry brushing is no exception, but just like sloshing oil in our mouths, hanging out in downward dog, and slathering our faces with neon-yellow paste, it’s totally worth it. Need a few reasons why?
7 Benefits of Dry Brushing
It helps remove waste.
Dry brushing gets your lymphatic system moving, which helps your body eliminate toxins lingering inside. Over time and from the impact of gravity, our lymphatic flow becomes sluggish and inefficient, so it is essential to support the body’s natural process of delivering nutrients and removing waste products [source].
This can be accomplished with dry brushing. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease, and massaging those lymph channels helps the body shed excess water and toxins.
It improves blood flow.
No surprise, much like massage therapy [source], skin brushing can get the blood flowing. That circulation boost is important for delivering oxygen and nutrients to your cells and also carrying off metabolic waste. Poor circulation can lead to swelling, cellulite, pain, and varicose veins.
It helps smooth out cellulite.
Dry skin brushing can help to soften fat deposits below the skin, which can minimize the appearance of cellulite when coupled with other lifestyle changes and home remedies. When toxins and excess water build up in the subcutaneous tissue, cellulite becomes more apparent. That’s the theory, at least.
Anecdotally, it has helped my lumpy spots, but there’s no research to back this up, and anti-cellulite road tests have had mixed results. Some find dry brushing helps smooth away less-than-perfect spots on legs, while others see no cellulite improvement.