When I was approached to check out a sample of the Prana Brush, I might have demurred had it not been by the folks who also persuaded me to try out the Copper H2O Water Bottle, an experience that didn’t necessarily make me a believer, but certainly opened my eyes to the possibilities.
What the heck is dry brushing? Apparently it’s another centuries-old practice that may or may not be incredibly good for you. As with many things, there are sides to the benefits, practice, and which brush to use.
Benefits, according to those who are pro-dry brushing, include exfoliation, a reduction in the appearance of cellulite, and better removal of toxins via enhanced lymphatic drainage.
How to do it? One should use short, gentle strokes (or long ones according to another source), starting at the bottom of one’s feet and brushing towards the heart. The belly can be brushed with upward strokes or in a clockwise motion.
Which brush to use? 100% natural boar bristles seem to be the agreed upon best dry brush material. Prana Brush has gone a step further, adding copper bristles to create an ionic body brush.
Besides enhancing the typical effects of dry brushing, the Prana Brush’s copper bristles create negative ions on the skin’s surface. Why are negative ions important? Since we are constantly bombarded with positive ions via exposure to computers, mobile phones, TVs, WiFi, etc., it’s important to have negative ions to negate the negative effects of free radicals.
Free radicals damage our bodies (including the skin) by attempting to “steal” electrons from other atoms, which creates instability in us. Negative ions counter that effect, much like eating antioxidants to fight those very same free radicals.
Whoa. This is a lot of science, most of it unseen by the human eye, but, in general, I think it’s accepted by the general scientific world. More importantly, does it work?
I’ve been using the Prana Brush for about a month or so, not immediately before showering as instructed, but while watching TV. This may or may not affect my results. Probably it does.
In any case, the first few times one dry brushes (at least in my case), it feels somewhat uncomfortable, like wearing a scratchy garment. However, it soon becomes pleasurable, especially when going back and doing the entire body a second or third time in a row.
I don’t have cellulite (that I’m aware of), and I’m not sure if my skin is any better (nobody has commented and I don’t really see a difference). That being said, I love the way my body feels after dry brushing. It feels warm and charged and has almost an energetic feel. It’s hard to describe, but it makes me feel more alive.
So, whether you’re a skeptic or a true believer, I bet dry brushing would be a benefit to your general well-being, I know it has been for me.
*This product was provided for editorial purposes – all opinions are my own.