Want to unclog your pores, improve circulation, soften your skin, kick-start your lymphatic system, exfoliate dead skin, and reduce cellulite?
Dry brushing is an ages-old practice in which dry skin is brushed with a natural bristle brush in a pattern, typically toward the heart, with positive results to your overall health. Like a gently sloughing of the skin, drying brushing has distinct benefits.
Benefits of dry brushing
1. Stimulation of the lymphatic system.
Part of your body’s immune system, the lymphatic system plays a major role in removing toxins from your body. Like the circulatory system, the lymph system runs throughout your body through a series of ducts, vessels, organs and nodes. The fluid in this system works to remove toxins from your body. Dry brushing stimulates the lymph system, boosting it’s efficiency.
2. Soften skin and exfoliate dead skin.
Gently brushing your dry skin loosens dead skin cells, clears dirt and oils from pores, and increases blood circulation to the skin. Skin becomes soft and clear.
3. Improved circulation.
Blood vessels near the skin surface are stimulated during dry brushing, increasing blood flow. This can also increase your energy level. Some people find they should not dry brush right before bed. Fortunately, I don’t have this problem. I just feel pampered, clean and relaxed! Since we’re all different, though, I thought you needed to be aware.
4. Reduction of cellulite.
Because dry brushing helps remove toxins from the skin, removes residue on the skin which can block pores, and improves circulation, some people notice a reduction in the fatty deposits known as cellulite. Improvement in cellulite is usually a longer process, so have patience and be persistent!
Dry brushing is simple to do, makes you feel like you’re really caring for yourself, and costs next to nothing. So let’s get started!
How to dry brush
- Purchase a natural bristle brush, one on a long handle which will make it easy to reach your whole body. I have one which allows me to take the smaller bristle head off the handle. This makes the process adaptable and easy. Here’s an example of a brush: http://www.worldmarket.com/product/bath-back-brush.do
- Remember to brush towards your heart because this is where your lymph system drains.
- Starting at the bottoms of your feet, run the dry brush over your skin, stroking several times over each area and covering all of your skin on your feet, legs, hips, and buttocks. Don’t forget the backs of your knees and your groin area.
- Move to your fingers, up your hands, and arms, including the armpit.
- Move next to your abdomen, continuing to brush towards your heart, and to your back, shoulders and chest, up onto the neck area.
- Some people dry brush the skin on their neck and face. Because this skin is so delicate, be sure to go very lightly here and perhaps use a softer brush. If you have sensitive skin, you may find you need to skip this step altogether.
- Shower, and use a natural oil, like coconut oil, or lotion.
Care for your natural bristle brush by washing it in gentle soap once a week and letting it air dry completely, preferably in a sunny spot. Be careful to not let mold or mildew grow on your brush.
Dry brushing should feel you leaving clean and refreshed. It may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, so go slowly and lightly. You will find you may be able to increase pressure as you get used to the dry brush on your skin.
Enjoy your new wellness technique! Happy brushing!
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