I am a huge fan of dry brushing.
If dry brushing isn't your daily health and beauty ritual, it should be..
The benefits are absolutely amazing!
WHAT IS IT?
It's just like it sounds, brushing your skin before you shower.
WHY DRY BRUSH?
It stimulates the lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system has the job of removing cellular waste from your body. Cellular waste is moved into your blood to be eliminated from your body, which is referred to as lymphatic drainage. If this system isn’t working properly, the waste and toxins can build up and cause unpleasant symptoms in the body. Dry brushing helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, so when you do it daily, you’re essentially supporting your body’s daily detoxification.
It exfoliates the skin. Dry brushing also helps to remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface, which helps to keep your pores clear, and further supports detoxification of your body since another way that your body releases toxins is through your skin. Bonus: exfoliated skin is smoother, more colorful and more luminous.
It promotes circulation. Increased circulation is also beneficial for removing cellular waste from the body, as well as creating more color in the skin. Think of circulation as improving blood flow to the area, or bringing life to it. You’re literally bringing blood flow, bringing life to your skin when you dry brush it.
It’s self-care and it feels incredible. Think of dry brushing as a little daily massage for your body. It’s invigorating for your whole body which is beneficial for your mood as well.
It has been shown to help with cellulite. There is little if any evidence to support this, so consider this a bonus of dry brushing.
HOW TO DRY BRUSH
To dry brush, use a natural fiber brush with a long handle. The long handle will help you reach all areas of your body. Follow these steps:
Start at your feet and move up your body.
Brush your skin using wide, circular, clockwise motions.
Use light pressure in areas where your skin is thin and harder pressure on thicker skin, like the soles of your feet.
Brush your arms after you have brushed your feet, legs, and mid-section. You should brush upward towards your armpits.
After dry brushing, take a cool shower to help remove the dry skin.
After your shower, dry off and then consider adding natural plant oil, such as olive or coconut oil, to moisturize your skin.
When you first start dry brushing, it’s best to begin with light brushing. As you get used to it, you can increase the pressure.