Dry Brushing: What it is and Why it’s Important
You probably brush your teeth and your hair every day, but have you ever brushed your skin?
Dry body brushing is something quick and easy you can do every day that would have major health benefits for your skin, circulation, and lymphatic system. Skin brushing is done by applying smooth brush strokes on dry skin with a natural bristle brush. The skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and moving up to the chest. You can vary the pressure you use and the firmness of the brush but it doesn’t need to be hard or rough to get all these great benefits:
Skin Exfoliation: The most noticeable benefit of dry brushing is that it’s one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate your body. The firm bristles of the dry brush helps loosen and remove dry, rough skin. It also helps open pores so that skin is ready to absorb moisturizing products or body wrap treatments.
Increased Lymph Flow: Lymphatic vessels lie just below the skin and play a major role in organ detoxification and in the immune system. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. Brushing the skin regularly alleviates vein and lymph congestion by stimulating the normal lymph flow and aiding in detoxification.
Increased Circulation: When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin. This is why your skin might turn slightly pink while brushing. This means more nutrients are making it to your cells and your skin will have a healthier glow.
Energy Boost: You can dry brush any time of day but the morning is good because it really wakes you up. It’s great to dry brush before a shower or before applying a moisturizer.
How to Dry Brush:
Starting at the feet, brush up each leg in short, quick strokes. Repeat the same process with the arms starting at the hands and brushing toward the heart. Brush your stomach and your back in a circular motion.