Dry brushing: are you brushing your… skin? You brush your hair and teeth daily, but what about your skin? You may have noticed this ancient practice picking up popularity, many luxury spas are offering it, but what is it? Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies yet we tend to only take care of the skin on our face, neck and (maybe) hands – the rest kind of goes to the wayside. This is where dry brushing comes in. It’s exactly what it’s called: brushing your skin while dry. The benefits that have been found from including dry brushing into your daily routine have been enormous.
We hear how important it is to exfoliate our face regularly, but how do we exfoliate our entire body? BINGO! Dry brushing is the answer. Using a brush over our skin is a simple way to rid those dead skin cells, in turn helping your skin stay softer.
Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
Since our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, it’s also responsible for a LOT. Our skin and lymphatic system is constantly working to eliminate toxins from our bodies, our lymphatic system is just below our skin. Dry brushing not only exfoliates and stimulates your skin, but also gets your lymphatic system stimulated as well – acting as a sort of detox for your skin to further help eliminate toxins.
Say Goodbye to Clogged Pores
No one likes clogged pores on our face, but what about the rest of your body? Dry brushing is said to help unclog pores all over. If you think about how much our skin is exposed to on a daily basis, it deserves the treat of being brushed to eliminate dirt, oil, etc. Unclogging your pores also helps your skin function properly.
Many individuals claim they saw a decrease in the appearance of cellulite when they began dry brushing regularly. Most of the statements around this topic state that it can be due to the elimination of toxins in the body. Considering all the other benefits, it’s an added bonus if it eliminates or decreases the appearance of cellulite.
Tips on How to Dry Brush
Selecting the proper brush to use is crucial, it’s recommended to use a brush with natural bristles. Additionally, look for a brush that’s easy to use and allows you to brush hard-to-reach areas like your middle back. It’s important to utilize the brush when your skin is dry, preferably prior to taking a shower. Many suggest when you brush use long sweeping motions towards your heart. Brushing towards your heart is said to aid in the lymphatic system’s flow. Now although you are brushing your skin, be sure not to brush too hard. Smooth, soft sweeps work best for this process. While your skin may turn slightly pink from the brushing, it shouldn’t be red or cause pain (could be a sign of brushing too hard).
Simple enough, right? Now that you know all the amazing benefits of dry brushing, will you give it a try?