Dry brushing is something that I started doing a month ago, and I love it! I first read about dry brushing 4 years ago on Mind Body Green and The Skinny Confidential. I don’t know why it took me so long to start!
Dry brushing leaves my skin with a nice, tingly feeling, and the increase flow in blood circulation gives me an energy boost. If you’re someone who showers in the morning, dry brushing is a great way to start the day. Additionally, because of the daily exfoliation, my skin is smoother and brighter. Tip: exfoliating before shaving will allow a closer shave ( which means a longer period between each shave #lazy) and will reduce annoying ingrown hairs.
So what is dry brushing?
Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and is one of the most important elimination organs that helps with daily detoxification. Dry brushing helps with this process by unclogging pores and helping to excrete toxins. Dry brushing should not hurt! If you feel pain, you’re using too much pressure.
- Stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps flush out toxins
- Exfoliates and removes dead skin cells
- Improves vascular blood circulation
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Potentially helps reduce cellulite
1. Start on dry skin with a natural bristle brush (I use this one) before a shower
2. Start at the ankles and make short, upward strokes towards your heart, because lymphatic fluid flows in the same direction
3. Do the same thing with your arms, starting with the hands
4. Brush in a circular motion, clockwise, on your stomach
5. Switch back to the upward direction on the chest and breast, but be careful of the softer skin there
6. For your back, brush from the neck to the lower back
7. Hop in the shower to wash away the dead skin cells
I hope you decided to start dry brushing. There’s really no harm in trying it.
Thank you for reading!