Dry brushing…you hear about it, but what is it? Is it beneficial? Is it worth the few extra minutes in your daily beauty routine? The answer is YES! Recently I have been researching it & honestly had no idea how much this simple routine can change your body for the better. Not only does it help with the physical appearance of your skin but also inside! Look below the picture for the benefits, tips & tricks, and how to do dry brushing. Until next time…
- Boosts circulation & blood flow
- Increases lymphatic drainage
- Reduces cellulite (yay!!)
- Improves skins texture & elasticity
- Firms skin
- Removes dead skin & allows skin to breathe
- Aides better digestion
How to Dry Brush:
- Begin on your right foot. Start brushing in a circular motion & work your way up the front of your leg. On the back of the legs, do short upward strokes. Repeat on your left foot & leg. (Brush each section 3-5 strokes)
- You can skip the delicate skin between the thighs obviously. However, give extra time on areas that tend to be more stagnant, such as inner thighs. (inner thighs also have lymph nodes & needs more attention)
- Use a long handle & have someone help brush your back. I read several articles about brushing upward on your back but also read to brush down (always suppose to brush toward your heart & lymphatic system)
- Brush your chest & stomach. Again, towards your heart. Avoid delicate skin.
- Then finish on your arms. Just as you did with your legs, start at your fingers, eventually end with the back of your arms.
- You can do your bottom & underarms as well. Remember, focus on areas with that are more stagnant.
- Avoid your face, the body brush is so rough it can irritate.
- Buy a natural bristled brush, can purchase most large stores, and definitely at local co-ops.
- Drink a glass of water after or shortly before brushing
- It is normal to turn slightly pink afterwards, avoid cuts or abrasions
- Dry brush before your shower to wash away the dead skin- morning time is best.
- Can brush in shower, if easier. Brush, rinse, then begin regular routine.
- I brush daily, as most can. However, if you’re skin is sensitive you can cut back to 1-2 times a week.
- Wash your brush once a week. Dry in open air, in sun.
More Information on Dry Brushing
- When you brush up towards your heart, that is where your lymphatic system flows. It helps the flow of fluids in the body & helps get toxins out of your body.
- Dry brushing increases circulation of the lymphatic system which promotes elimination of toxins from body while aiding in digestion & kidney function.
- When toxins build up your skin loses ability to get rid of toxins & ends up placing stress on your organs.
- Doing so allows the body to absorb oxygen & nutrients and encourages cell renewal.
- Brushing stimulates glands, which provides moisture for skin
- It creates better circulation. Better circulation = healthier muscle tone & better distribution of fat deposit.