By now, we have all heard about dry skin brushing and the miracles that this simple technique can provide. Proponents of skin brushing claim that it can improve the health and looks of your skin along with improving circulation and ridding the body of toxins. It is also said that brushing one’s skin on a regular basis can improve the function of the lymphatic system, increase energy and even reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is this last claim that has gotten the attention of many skeptics, as cellulite is a plague that seems to have no simple solution. If simply brushing your skin for a few minutes a day can really do all these wonderful things, why hasn’t everyone been doing it all along?
That is the first question that any realistic person should think when a new natural remedy or miracle cure makes its way into the mainstream consciousness. Sure, some of these claims do not seem too far-fetched, but if it can actually do all of these things, wouldn’t we have all been doing it for years? Perhaps it has slipped through the cracks of a society that is brainwashed by advertisers, cosmetics companies and the pharmaceutical industry. Perhaps we really have stumbled onto something amazing in this easy technique that can improve our looks and health while saving us hundreds of dollars that we would normally spend on creams, lotions and other products. Or perhaps these claims are simply untrue.
The real question that we hope to answer in this article is: Is dry skin brushing legit and does it actually work? Because dry skin brushing is a relatively new concept to modern Americans, there is not much research available on the technique and its effectiveness. However, those who have tested the method have been very outspoken on their opinions, one way or the other.
Does dry skin brushing work?
According to the supporters and practitioners of dry skin brushing, it has a very long list of benefits that will improve the way your skin looks as well as improving your overall health. While many people are eager to jump at any possibility that promises such results, many of us are more skeptical of something that seems too good to be true.
If you read my previous article, I discussed the basics of dry skin brushing and a few of its possible benefits. However, the question still remains whether dry skin brushing can actually accomplish all of these things or are all of these lofty promises simply untrue. Like so many other natural remedies and trends that make seemingly unrealistic claims, the answer is somewhere in the middle. Dry skin brushing does have several realistic benefits that are backed by legitimate research and science, but some of the more outrageous claims made about it are not quite true.
In order to help clarify all of this, we will take each of the most popular benefits of dry skin brushing (including the seemingly outrageous ones) individually and discuss whether or not the technique really can provide these results.
The (possible) Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
- Stimulates the lymphatic system: Many of the health benefits of dry skin brushing are related to its ability to stimulate your lymphatic system. Most experts agree that the technique can actually do this if performed properly and regularly. Any form of massage can actually help to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system, and dry skin brushing has a similar effect. The lymphatic system is crucial to eliminating waste from the body, and skin brushing can help to maintain and improve its function, helping your body avoid infection and illness.
- Exfoliating the skin: This is the most realistic benefit of dry skin brushing, and experts agree that the technique does help to exfoliate the skin. Regular brushing will help remove dead skin cells, helping to clear your pores and improve the appearance of your skin.
- Increasing circulation: This is another claim that most experts agree is true. Again similar to a massage, dry skin brushing will get your blood flowing. Although the improved circulation is only temporary, the benefits of it can last well after you have finished the process of brushing.
- Reducing stress: If done properly, dry skin brushing will have the massaging effect that helps you relax and even go into a meditative state. In addition to relaxing your muscles, this can help to calm your brain and reduce your overall stress level temporarily.
- Reduce the appearance of cellulite: This is the most controversial claim about dry skin brushing. As to whether or not it can reduce cellulite, the answer is yes and no. Some proponents claim that skin brushing removes toxin buildup that causes cellulite, but there is no real evidence that this is true. However, due to the increased circulation during the process of brushing, the skin will become more plump, causing cellulite to temporarily disappear. However, this will only last for a few minutes during and after the process. Then the circulation and skin will normalize, and the cellulite will unfortunately return.
- Increasing energy: This claim is true. The increased blood flow caused by dry skin brushing can be invigorating and give you a burst of energy.