Dry brushing is an ancient beauty practice that has been gaining popularity- and with good reason. This is something I’ve incorporated into my daily routine ever since I heard about it. It’s so invigorating and provides huge benefits with such little effort!
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is basically what it sounds like. You take a dry bristled brush and brush your skin in long strokes toward your heart, exfoliating the skin. This is usually done before showering. Simple enough, right?
What are the benefits of dry brushing?
- Exfoliates Dead Skin– As much as I still love my loofahs and salt scrub, you will not get all of the benefits from those products that dry brushing can do.
- Stimulates Lymphatic System – Dry brushing your skin will kick start your Lymphatic System, which helps remove toxins from your body. The stiffer the bristles on the brush, the better the Lymphatic stimulation you’ll create.
- Helps Reduce Cellulite – Don’t expect miracles, but improvement! Cellulite is a toxic material that has accumulated and is trapped in your body’s fat cells. Unfortunately, they are unable to be eliminated from the body. Dry brushing helps break down any trapped toxins from within the body and also helps your body eliminate them through its elimination channels.
- Unclogs pores– Dry brushing unclogs your skin’s pores and helps your skin absorb more nutrients. Daily skin brushing promotes healthy, breathing skin. It’s a real TREAT for the largest organ in our bodies.
Ok, I’m in. How do I do it?
- Starting at the feet, I brush the bottoms of my feet and up my legs in long, smooth strokes. For lymph flow, I always brush toward the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains.
- As a good rule of thumb, always brush toward the center of the body.
- Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart.
- On the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.
- I then repeat the process on my abdomen and back.
Note: Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. It should never be red or sting. If it hurts at all, use less pressure. Your skin will become less sensitive the more you dry brush.
I brush before showering and use a body oil or lotion after showering. My favorite natural dry brush to use is by Ecotools. I currently own the one that has a shorter handle. I find it easier to work with. I’ve also used the one with the longer handle and like that one too. It’s better for hard to reach areas such as your back.
You should replace your brush every 6-12 months as the bristles will eventually wear out. I also recommend washing the brush every few weeks to remove dead skin cells.
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this post and give this wellness trick a try. Let me know what benefits you notice!