Recently my good friend asked me if I did “dry brushing.” “Dry brushing?” I asked. Hmmm, I had to think for a bit and remember if I had heard of this technique before. Thinking, thinking…nope. Never heard of it, and certainly haven’t tried it. “So what is it?” I ask my friend. She leads me to a few web sites and a YouTube video, allowing me to discover this little “secret of the spas” practice which claims numerous benefits ranging from detoxification to cellulite reduction. Cellulite reduction? Really? I am SOLD!
So I start to delve into the world of dry brushing, wanting to know exactly what it is, the kind of tools used and if the benefits touted by practitioners really have some validity to them.
Here is what I have found after a little digging. Dry brushing, most commonly used in spas, is basically the practice of taking an all-natural bristled brush and gently rubbing this DRY brush all over your body before hopping into a toasty warm shower. To dry brush correctly you should start at your feet and move up the legs and body in gentle, circular motions. The idea is to move the brush towards the heart’s center. And remember, be gentle. Taking the top layer of your skin off is not the goal of this holistic practice. Proponents say to dry brush at least once, if not twice, a day.
Okay, now for the benefits. As I mentioned earlier, cellulite reduction is SUPPOSEDLY one of the biggest benefits to dry brushing. The other benefits (as if they matter, right?) include tighter skin, increased circulation (which aids in the detoxification process) and removing dead skin cells from the body.
In my web search I did find a few sites that insisted the benefits should be taken with a grain of salt, but there really are no harmful effects to dry brushing. Which is why I went out and bought an all natural brush-you can find them at your local Wal-Mart, Target or some grocery stores-and started dry brushing. I try and do it at least once a day. But remember, I have two kids, so sometimes it is hard to even squeeze in a shower for myself. Have I seen any benefits? Well, not really, but I do notice my skin is a lot softer than before. I don’t think I have done it long enough to notice a reduction in cellulite. But I am staying optimistic!
So if you feel inclined, give the dry brushing a go and see what you think. If anything, you can slough off a few dead skins cells in the process. But if you find your skin gets irritated from the brushing, I would stop and just stick to whatever skin regiment you did before.
For more information, you can visit the site I found informative on dry brushing. Simply go to http://www.mindbodygreen.com. And because I always like to know the good with the bad, I found some helpful information on http://www.drweil.com.
Now, I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “spa” I think of relaxation…which makes me think of grabbing a glass of wine. So here is my wine tip for you readers. If you are planning a trip to the spa, or just need a moment to relax and unwind, I like to open up something that is light and crisp. For this type of wine, you can try a Sauvignon Blanc or an unoaked Chardonnay. One of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs is from Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena, Ca. But there are plenty of inexpensive labels out there with good flavors. You really can’t go wrong with this type of wine. If you are looking for an unoaked chardonnay, Mer Soleil’s Silver is unbelievably tart and crisp for this type of wine. It is usually in the $25 range, and it comes in a really beautiful ceramic bottle.
Until next time, cheers!