Does dry brushing help crepey skin?

Who doesn’t love a good skincare trend? From jade rollers to sheet masks and beyond, there’s always something new (and often weird) popping up on the beauty scene. One trend that’s been gaining steam lately is dry brushing. Proponents claim that this technique can help reduce the appearance of crepey skin- but is this true? Let’s take a closer look.

What Is Crepey Skin, Anyway?

Before we can answer the question of whether dry brushing helps with crepey skin, let’s define our terms. Crepey skin refers to skin that has become thin and somewhat fragile-looking over time. It tends to develop more in areas where the skin is naturally thinner or looser, like under your eyes or at the tops of your arms.

Unfortunately, there isn’t one definitive cause of crepey skin – it could be due to sun damage, aging itself, genetics…the list goes on. Suffice it to say that if you’ve got sagging or wrinkled-looking skin (especially if you’re young enough not to expect it!), then you know what we’re talking about here.

So What Exactly IS Dry Brushing?

Okay so back to dry brushing…exactly what is it? Unlike wet brushing (which isn’t really a thing), dry brushing involves using a coarse-bristled brush on DRY SKIN alone.

There are many different brushes out there designed specifically for dry-brushing purposes; some have longer bristles while others might be made from natural materials like boar hair or cactus plants (ouch!).

You’ll typically use these brushes by starting at your feet and working upwards towards your heart in long sweeping motions. This supposedly gets rid of dead cells and promotes better lymphatic drainage – which in turn leads to clearer pores and perkier looking/feeling skin.

So Does It Actually Help With Crepey Skin?

Now that you know what dry brushing is, let’s get back to the original question at hand – can this technique actually help with crepey skin? Sadly, there isn’t a straight answer here; some people swear by dry brushing while others don’t notice much of a difference.

Some dermatologists argue that any benefits are probably only temporary (i.e. your skin might look better after doing it, but the effects won’t last longer than a day or two). Others contend that regardless of whether it helps with saggy-looking flesh, regular dry brushing does have exfoliative properties which can make skin smoother overall.

At the end of the day though, we still need more research into this area before we can say definitively one way or another (sorry!). The best thing you can do for your crepey skin [space][space]
(yes…your) is just take good care of yourself in general – eat well (veggies!), hydrate often (note: NOT alcohol…sadly), and use SPF every single day when outside so as not to worsen sun damage.

Is Dry Brushing Bad For Your Skin?

One important point to touch on briefly has to do with potential side-effects- if done incorrectly or without using the right brush (no wire-bristled scouring pads!), then dry brushing could potentially cause micro-cuts in delicate areas like under your eyes or around your jawline causing inflammation over time.
[Note-to-self: Time for new brush?]
Moreover- those suffering from conditions such as psoriasis should avoid using brushes altogether lest they inadvertently exacerbate their symptoms.

As previously mentioned — everyone’s experience will differ greatly depending on their individual health status/age etc., so be mindful always about how things feel along each step/motion taken during brushing!

So Should You Try It?

So now you know the facts- what should YOUR next move be? Well, as with any skincare trend (FACIAL OILS…seriously?!), it really depends on your own personal preference.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to give dry brushing a try, then just make sure to follow some basic guidelines:

  • Use a brush that’s specifically designed for dry-brushing AND one that suits your body type/skin sensitivity
  • Avoid overly-sensitive skin areas (like along your ribs or forearms) which might easily become irritated during regular use
  • Take extra care if working around moles or other delicate spots like under eyes/around jawline etc…
  • Always apply plenty of moisturizer afterwards: your call: lotion/oil…

Don’t Forget The Basics…

That being said, we can’t stress enough how important good skincare practices are overall. While attempting things like dry-brushing could potentially offer short-term benefits such as smoother-looking limbs – only through making comprehensive changes in lifestyle could one ever hope for success pertaining more serious conditions brought forth most notably by aging/disorders affecting collagen production! [Note-to-self: remember protein powder order]

In closing — while there may not yet exist conclusive evidence to suggest an absolute need time-wise invested towards such methods as dry-brushing versus considering professional means/opinions from effective industry professionals specialized within this field; if interested please do so cautiously,- always remembering (one last reminder) where best results come from regarding topical health and rejuvenation techniques — starts first at the core with well-rounded diet/lifestyle habits maintained throughout life 🙂

In Summary…

Dry brushing is a popular new(ish) trend aimed at reducing crepey skin. While there isn’t conclusive evidence suggesting its effectiveness in all cases, proponents argue that regular use can lead to clearer pores/smooth-feeling limbs. Take care to properly use an appropriate brush and avoid overly sensitive areas- as well as remembering core good-health practices (like eating veggies or hydrating often!). As with all skincare trends – your results may vary, but there’s no telling what other benefits could potentially arise if you tried it today!