Getting smooth and glowing skin is an exciting yet tiring process! And it doesn’t just happen overnight. We’re pretty sure you may have already tried dry brushing, exfoliating and other methods of taking care of skin. Today, we’ll burst a few myths about skin care and give you tips on whether dry brushing or exfoliating is right for your skin.
So here’s a way of getting things done — one scrub at a time!
Exfoliating and dry brushing are two skincare techniques that have lasting effect on your skin. But using both the techniques together might not be a good idea. Instead, choose the right one for your skin and enjoy its benefits better. If you’re having some thoughts about which one is apt for your daily skin care routine, continue reading...
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Since it’s your skin’s welfare that’s on the line, knowing which method works best for you is a top priority. Now, you may have heard about the benefits and miracle stories each method has brought to many. Understanding the nature of exfoliation and dry brushing firsthand is the springboard to knowing what these methods actually do to your skin and reaping the benefits of each one.
To be pretty simple, exfoliation refers to the daily process of scrubbing your skin until all the dead skin cells are removed. Sometimes, you do this out of habit every morning or with the conscious intention of pampering your skin. Exfoliating is done with the help of any exfoliating tool.
Brushes, washcloths as well as creams suited to your skin type are the most common exfoliating instruments you can find at almost any store. While you’re in the process of exfoliation, you must always have plenty of supply of one particular lubricant for casting off dead skin from the surface, i.e., water, which is not so the case when it comes to dry brushing.
ABOUT DRY BRUSHING
About the only difference dry brushing has from exfoliation is that it does not involve water. Although dry brushing is still a form of exfoliation, this method only involves a long dry brush that easily reaches any part of your skin.
WHICH METHOD IS MORE EFFECTIVE?
To make things clear, both methods have a great impact on the appearance and texture of your skin. However, judging which compared to exfoliation. Choosing a brush that is made up of strong, rough bristles is more like attempting to light a fire on your skin. There’s just too much friction going on. It will only take a while before your skin will no longer be able to handle so much irritation.
Besides, remember that when you dry brush, your goal is to remove dead skin and prevent it from having that dry look and feel. However, if you’re not attentive enough when dry brushing, there’s a fat chance that you may leave more harm than good to your skin. Shredding your skin, leaving cuts on areas that are much too delicate, acquiring skin infections and making your skin even drier are the last things you want to deal with in your skincare routine.
Exfoliating, on the other hand, lets you avoid these risks. If you’re looking for a more gentle method, exfoliating definitely tops the list. In this way, you can prevent irritation especially in sensitive areas, and yet make your skin shiny in the long run.
WHICH IS A MORE BENEFICIAL TECHNIQUE?
Dry brushing is preferred by women these days a reason; there are a lot of good things that it really brings. Aside from the fact that it actually softens your skin, reduces puffiness and makes your skin less flaky, dry brushing also has other health benefits. Doing this technique daily has helped in relieving stress and has even become a form of meditation for some people. Other claims have also pointed out its benefits to the lymphatic system and blood circulation. On the whole, dry brushing doesn’t just target your skin’s well-being, but also your system’s in general.
IMPORTANT SKIN CARE TIPS
Final notes on this big skin care regime — you need to settle for nylon, non-toxic and natural bristles so that you can rub more gently and smoothly on different areas of the skin. Plus, following the proper way of stroking with the scrub when you’re dry brushing is very important. Moving it in a smooth upwards manner is the best way to scrub. Note that some skin problems pretty much lie in the quality of your brush and in your way of brushing.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the method that provides more protection and glow to your skin. So which technique won your heart? With the help of this list and your practical experience, it’s your call to decide the best exfoliating technique you can incorporate in your ritual to give your skin the best therapeutic treatments!