The skin is an external organ that is simultaneously hardy and sensitive. The skin represents the body’s ability to protect itself, but also our overall appearance. Because of the skin’s prominence in our well-being and beauty, it makes sense that there have been countless experiments and products developed to help improve the skin’s health and aesthetics. Some of these methods are backed up by scientific research and reliable anecdotal evidence, but others are merely rumored to work and may be a waste of time (or even harmful). One of these skincare fads is known as “dry brushing.” What is dry brushing, and does it have any positive effects on the skin?
How Does Dry Brushing Work?
Dry brushing is nothing more than using a soft bristle brush with no products on it to gently brush your skin. This is thought to improve circulation and blood flow when performed daily. It is most often done on the limbs and torso, brushing toward your heart.
What Is It Used For?
There are many alleged benefits to dry brushing. First and foremost, it is thought to improve blood flow and circulation, which, in turn helps your body process toxins and remove them from the body naturally. It is also thought to exfoliate the skin and unclog pores, brushing away dead skin cells for a softer, smoother complexion that appears more hydrated. Finally, dry brushing is thought to help reduce cellulite, an issue that nearly all women struggle with to some degree. Cellulite is the lumpy fat that presses up against connective tissue in the skin, often causing an “orange peel appearance”. Dry brushing is thought to soften these fat deposits and make cellulite less noticeable.
How Effective Is Dry Brushing?
So the big question remains: is dry brushing worth it? Does it work? Unfortunately, there’s really no way of knowing for sure at this time. There’s not much research into the subject, so most evidence is anecdotal, and may not be reliable, as people can over exaggerate the effects of home treatments. Some purported benefits are more likely than others, of course. Cellulite reduction is an especially unlikely effect of dry brushing, while skin exfoliation is certainly a side effect of the practice, for example. While dry brushing may not have the amazing benefits some people attribute to the practice, there is nothing harmful about it, and many people find the experience relaxing and meditative. If you find dry brushing soothing and pleasant, there is no reason to stop—just don’t think your cellulite woes will disappear overnight because of it.
Proven Skincare Methods
While dry brushing has only dubious benefits, there are fortunately many proven methods for improving your skin’s health. Skin health is influenced by both internal and external factors, and your lifestyle can have a significant impact on health and appearance. If you are noticing skin issues, then you will want to seek help from an expert for resolving or improving these problems.
If you are trying to improve the appearance of your facial skin, dry brushing is not usually considered a good option anyway, but there are many cosmetic treatments available that can reduce signs of aging and boost overall skin tone. Popular treatments include:
- Chemical peel (exfoliating treatment for smooth, glowing skin)
- Ultherapy® (for tightening loose, sagging skin)
- Botox® (for wrinkles)
- Soft Tissue Fillers (for wrinkles and lost facial volume)
- Laser Treatments (for discoloration and signs of aging)
Getting Help for Your Skin
When it comes to skincare, it can be very difficult to separate fact from fiction and figure out which treatments will be best for you. That’s where an experienced cosmetic dermatologist comes in. He or she can assess your skin and make recommendations about what treatments, routines, and products will be best for you to keep your skin in great shape and improve any problems you may have.
You will want a trustworthy ally in achieving your skincare goals, so choose a doctor with a stellar reputation and extensive experience in cosmetic dermatology and skin cancer treatment, like Dr. Diane Walder. Dr. Walder is a respected authority on skin health and beauty, and is often sought out for advice on the new trends in skincare for major publications like Glamour and Allure. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Walder or her colleague, Dr. Stacy Chimento, in Miami, call 305-866-2177 today.