Should you do dry face brushing?

Nowadays we are using more conventional skin products than ever in the search for soft, clear and younger skin. However, this exposes us to potentially harmful ingredients which may irritate the skin, cause allergies, disrupt hormones and damage the environment when they are washed into waterways.

Luckily there is a skincare routine that you can use which is cheap, effective and doesn’t put any toxic chemicals on the skin. You may be familiar with the benefits of dry body brushing, but dry brushing your face can also be very beneficial.

Dry face brushing is a simple skincare technique with great benefits but many people are scared to try it. The trick is to use a brush with soft and fine bristles that won’t irritate the skin on the face. You do not want to be using the same brush you use to dry brush the rest of your body as those have coarse bristles. A brush used for dry face brushing should feel pleasant against the skin, e.g. a slightly bigger and stiffer make-up brush.

Facial dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, improves circulation, reduces puffiness and swelling, exfoliates dead skin cells and brightens the skin. Use this inexpensive technique to replace harsh exfoliation treatments and exfoliating scrubs that irritate the skin and damage the environment. After a few weeks of dry brushing the face you may look 5 years younger!

Dry brush your face in the morning before you put on make-up as you will be opening up the pores and do not want to clog them up again with make-up. You can even wash your face first if you feel it is not completely clean and then pat it dry before beginning. Start dry brushing in a gentle upward motion from your chin to your hairline on one side and then move to the other side. You can also dry brush your neck and upper chest in the same light upward motion towards your chin. When you’re finished follow up with some natural moisturiser as the improved circulation and open pores will allow it to penetrate deep into the skin.

Dry skin brushing only takes about 2 minutes so it won’t demand much of your time. It’s important not to over-exfoliate the skin as this can actually cause redness and irritation. Start dry brushing once a week and build up to 2-3 times per week while paying attention to how your skin responds.

Make sure to look after your face brush by washing it with mild soap weekly and letting it dry to avoid mould and bacteria growth.