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Why everyone should dry brush

August 15, 2017

If you’ve been to Sycamore Spa at The Ranch at Laguna Beach lately, you may have noticed dry brushing is included in our Thermal Therapy treatment. What is it? Why is it becoming more popular? Spa Director Kelly Dwyer is here to give us some history and pointers.

What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is an ancient practice of brushing your skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush. That’s it — there’s nothing complicated about it, but the benefits can be great.

Why should you dry brush?
Many people who dry brush feel they get similar benefits to those from a massage. While it’s not considered a medical treatment, dry brushing may be beneficial in the following areas:

  • Lymphatic support. A part of both the body’s circulatory system and immune system, the lymphatic system consists of organs, lymph nodes, ducts and vessels. Dry brushing stimulates the flow of lymph — which is the fluid carried by this system — in the body, aiding in detoxification.
  • Exfoliation. Brushing helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, resulting in smoother, softer and brighter skin. You can usually feel the difference after exfoliating skin just one time.
  • Clear pores. Exfoliating also helps clear your pores — which accumulate dirt and oil.
  • Better circulation and increased energy. Stimulating your skin and lymphatic system can boost your circulation, leading to invigoration and stress relief.

Cellulite reduction. Many dry brushers claim the process makes their skin more firm and reduces the appearance of cellulite.

How do you select a dry brush?
Brushes can be found at your natural grocery store — the best have firm, natural bristles and a long handle so you can get to hard-to-reach places such as the back, shoulders, bottoms of your feet and backs of your legs. You may want to consider brushes with differing firmness, especially if you want a more delicate one for your face and a firmer one for your body. Be sure to clean your brush regularly, and replace it when the bristles begin to wear out.

What is the best method to dry brush?
Dry brushing in the morning before showering is a great way to invigorate and energize your body. Start with a gentle brush and work your way up to one with firmer bristles as your skin becomes used to the pressure. If your skin becomes red (not pink) or stings during brushing, ease up.

How should I dry brush my skin?
Technique is just as important as the brush you choose. Always use long, smooth strokes (be light but firm) in the direction of your heart — e.g., from feet to knees, knees to groin, abdomen to chest and hands to shoulders. Start with your feet and legs, and repeat the same process with your abdomen and chest, hands and shoulders.

Whether you try dry brushing on your own, or you have one of our skilled practitioners at Sycamore Spa provide an introduction, your skin — and quite possibly your entire body — will thank you!

To get more informaiton visit our Laguna Hotel & Spa.


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