If you have heard the hype and wondered if the promises of dry brushing hold up, here is what you need to know.
The benefits of using a dry brush on the body are many and the exfoliating effect this time of year is a bonus, but perhaps the most important effects of using a dry brush are on the Lymphatic System and Circulation.
Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. The lymphatic tubules are paramount in collecting waste from your tissues and transporting it to your blood for elimination. This is known as lymphatic drainage.
If your lymphatic system is not functioning optimally, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. Dry brushing aids in stimulating your lymphatic system to effectively release toxins.
When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, supporting the elimination of metabolic waste.
Dry skin brushing removes dead skin, helps clear clogged pores, and allows skin to “breathe”; all of which improves the skin’s appearance.
Dry brushing can be a meditative process. It can reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress.
Improve Digestion and Kidney Function
Some naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to counteract bloating by helping the body shed excess water and toxins. There are indications that dry brushing can help improve digestion and kidney function.
Regular dry skin brushers rave about glowing and tightened skin but also note that they feel invigorated even after a short session.
With so many benefits, it is definitely worth a try. So where to start?
Dos and Don’ts of Dry Brushing
Do buy a high-quality dry brush.
Dry brushes are readily available. However, make sure to look for one with bristles made from natural materials. The bristles should feel stiff but provide some movement. Choosing a brush with a long handle will allow you to reach your entire back and hard-to-reach spots.
Do Start on dry skin before bathing.
Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes. Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
Do Brush your back downwards from the neck to the lower back.
Don’t brush too hard.
Don’t brush skin that is irritated or sun burned. Do brush sensitive areas (like breasts and chest area) but not as aggressively.
Do follow brushing with a shower.
If you want to take it a step further, you can alternate the temperature of the water to stimulate circulation and further invigorate the skin. shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
Do be prepared to use a good moisturizer after your Shower.
Ideally dry brush daily. Try it everyday for a month and let us know your results!