Dry brushing is a simple way of improving and maintaining our physical well-being. Its origins can be traced back thousands of years and was used in several cultures including Ayurveda (India’s ancient holistic health care system), the Ancient Egyptians, Romans, and in traditional Chinese Medicine.
One third of our body’s toxins are excreted through the skin. Dry brushing helps promote lymphatic drainage by unclogging pores, thus carries toxins out of our bodies.
Dry brushing has the additional benefit of stimulating your nervous system which may improve mood and leave you feeling invigorated.
A Few of the Benefits of Dry Brushing:
Stimulates your lymphatic system, helping to release toxins from the body.
Exfoliates the skin.
Helps to reduce cellulite.
Improves skin’s texture.
Unclogs pores, helping skin absorb essential nutrients leading to a healthy, youthful glow.
Tips and Tricks for Dry Brushing:
Purchase a natural bristle brush with a long handle so can reach all areas of your body.
Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken such as areas with a rash, wounds, cuts, and infections.
Brush before you shower or bathe as you will want to wash off any impurities from the skin as a result from the brushing action.
Start at your feet and move up your body, always brushing towards your heart.
Brush your arms last, after you have brushed your feet, legs, and mid-section. Always brush upward towards your armpits.
Brush your skin using wide, circular, clockwise motions.
Use light pressure in areas where your skin is thin and harder pressure on thicker skin, like the soles of your feet.
Dry skin brushing can be done once a day, but if you are feeling ill, increasing treatments to twice a day could be beneficial.
Finish up with your regular shower and after you dry off, choose a natural oil to moisturize your skin instead of something that is loaded with chemicals and perfumes.
Rinse your brush after you have completed your routine. Dry it in an open, sunny area.
Clean your brush once a week using soap and water.
Avoid sharing your brush with anyone. This can help prevent the risk for infection.
Try this for 30 days and see the results for yourself!