What is the best dry brush for skin?
As someone who has never used a dry brush before, the thought of rubbing my skin with one sounds about as appealing as sliding down a cheese grater. However, after doing some research (and ignoring my initial impulse to run in the opposite direction), I was pleasantly surprised to learn that dry brushing offers some pretty awesome benefits.
Dry brushing stimulates circulation, helps exfoliate dead skin cells, and can even help reduce the appearance of cellulite (if you’re into that sort of thing). But with so many different options on the market claiming to be “THE BEST,” how do you know which one is right for you? Fear not, dear reader – we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you make an informed decision.
The Basics: What Is Dry Brushing?
First things first: let’s talk about what dry brushing actually is. Put simply, it involves using a stiff-bristled brush (not something soft like a makeup brush) all over your body in long strokes, starting at your feet and moving towards your heart (make sure to avoid sensitive areas like your face or any existing cuts or wounds). Typically done before showering or bathing while your skin is still dry (hence the name), enthusiasts claim it provides both physical and mental benefits.
While there are various techniques out there depending on who you ask (seriously though – just Google “dry brushing” and prepare yourself for conflicting opinions galore), most agree that consistency is key. Aim for daily dry brushing sessions lasting anywhere from 5-20 minutes each time (depending on how much time/patience/lack-of-motivation-that-day combo strikes) in order to reap maximum results.
Aside from helping fluff off those pesky dead skin cells hanging out on top of our skin layer (gross but necessary), regular dry brushing also assists in increasing circulation (which ultimately leads to a glowy complexion and better nutrient transportation) along with improving lymphatic drainage (AKA the filter system in our bodies responsible for getting rid of toxins and waste). Those latter two factors can supposedly be especially beneficial if you’re someone dealing with inflammation or chronic pain.
And while there’s no scientific evidence supporting the claim that dry brushing can reduce cellulite, some do swear by it since it assists with cell renewal (meaning continuous/daily sessions should provide results over time).
Even if none of those perks tickle your fancy, at the very least establishing a few minutes each day dedicated only to yourself (and away from technology) could improve mood by reducing stress levels (aka cortisol production scientifically speaking) which is always welcome relief.
The Different Types of Dry Brushes
Now that we’ve explored why one might consider incorporating dry brushing into their routine, let’s get into what type of brush works best. As mentioned earlier, common sense would suggest against purchasing something marketed as “gentle” or “soft”. A brush too gentle won’t reap any benefits beyond creating negative environmental impact- sorry Earth!
Dry brushes are typically made out of natural materials such as coir fibers (from coconut trees), sisal fibers(from agave leaves), boar hair or horsehair but synthetic bristle options exist as well!
Despite variances in length/width/materiality/etc., all good dry-brushes have certain characteristics/models/names?:
You need him so invest in 2×1 foot handle brushes
bristles used depend on user preferences e.g stiff/medium/hard
Medium-size copper-fibered brushes tend to work ideally
With these details delineated now lets delve deeper.
Sisal brushing suits individuals who prefer longer strokes instead of circular motions; its bristles neither too hard nor too soft, which can be quite wholesome if you’re skeptical of the stiffer varieties. Often recommended for those new to dry brushing, it’s a standard choice and affordable since most health stores stock them. In addition, Sisal brushes tend not to shed.
- Affordable price option
- Ideal for first-timers as The bristle movement is relatively easy
For an experienced dry brusher – insufficiently stimulating
Shower Brush is brilliant if your schedule doesn’t allow much time in between showers whichever type feels nicest will satisfy whatever you feel more comfortable with.
As opposed to circular strokes /up-and-down movements they are meant specifically for use on body parts while in the shower involving long downward strokes toward feet—ultimately achieving results similar to other types just through different means. Additionally, using this method provides a massaging effect due to their gentle nubs that provide stimulation without being scratchy or jarring against the skin (though ultimately still depends on how much force one applies). Another plus? You won’t need multiple tools/brushes!
As mentioned earlier there are various options: some people prefer softer silicone-type materials suitable if sensitive/naturally dry skins run in your family – these would thus favor individuals with highly reactive skin/skin irritations.
The easiest style of Dry-brush because you rub post-shower!
Requires less skill
Soft on tender skin varieties available such as silicone
Limited Skin-Stimulation compared to normal “stiff” brushes?
Boar Bristle Brushes
Boar hair increases exfoliation experience due to its greater natural spring-back creating noticeable stimulated effects after each session. Most often made from wild boars so may cost more than others described here but definitely worth the investment giving dense bristle-movement causing enhanced lymphatic drainage when properly used.
Natural material aids in a bar-none exfoliating routine 🥳
Quality bristle-strength prevents shedding due to large density.
Costs more $$ than other options initially
Slightly less durable, especially if overused/pressed too hard against skin or left near water after use
However, the downside is the higher price point compared to synthetic and other natural fiber products – but usually well worth the investment since denser bristles typically prevent shedding during usage (and thus last longer). Higher end versions can even lean towards being greener, using recycled plastics for their brush handles or harvesting from sustainable sources giving you better conscience!
A lesser-known option jute brushes are still sold at some specialty stores (or marketplaces) and often come with detachable heads (for easy cleaning) that provide an extra exfoliation factor (since this time grainy rather than shreddy). Since these fibers aren’t as well known they may be harder to find offline/in physical storefront (though eBay/Amazon catering international items will make shipping easy-peasy for sure).
Twist conclusion prevents frayed strands minimising Health concerns
Looks aesthetically pleasing because of its unique colouration allowing it stand out among ordinary household items
Dust comes up frequently so not ideal for allergy sufferers without frequent washing.
Not found at your typical non-speciality store meaning taking additional resource? on acquiring
The Bottom Line
At first glance/dry brushing seems like another addition towards endless health/beauty routine steps – adding onto those daily meditationsnecessary cleansing sessions/yoga routines nicely making things even busier😕 However attending to our lymphatic system doesn’t always get enough attention- ensuring healthy drainage alongside promoting cell-renewal makes all external effort very much worthwhile! Fortunately finding a dry brush isn’t a difficult task- with range of options readily available to suit different preferences and priorities in natural fibers / synthetic blends. Try it out for yourself – you might pleasantly discover unexpected/self-appreciative perk-ish benefits from the experience!
So now that we’ve covered all the options, do your future glowy self a favor and invest in the best brush FOR YOU (just please remember to actually use it on the daily). Happy brushing!