Many cultures have used some form of dry brushing as a body treatment.
The Finnish use birch twigs, the Japanese use loofah sponges, the Native Americans use sand or dried corncobs, and the ancient Greeks used scraping tools called strigils. The common denominator across all cultures is that the brushing routine is a preliminary step to bathing.
Claims and Effects
Dry brushing is a form of exfoliation and gives a visible, proven result that will last. Many proponents of dry brushing believe it increases circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system.
Go Easy, Go Natural
Dry brushing is a body treatment only! Never use it on facial skin! A brush with natural bristles should be used (purchase from Skin Therapy); synthetic brush fibers tend to be too stiff and can scratch the skin. As for any body treatment, there are contraindications. Don't brush areas with acne or any other type of skin lesions, including broken, inflamed, or sensitive skin. However, gentle brushing is actually good for those with psoriasis and, with the approval of your physician, can be used to manage the scaling skin buildup that goes with this condition.