Why You Should Start Dry Brushing Today

Have you ever heard of dry brushing before?

This is a simple, daily practice that I started just over a year ago.  It’s inexpensive, it doesn’t take much time and the effects are noticeable right away.

Dry brushing stimulates the body’s circulation and lymphatic system.  The most immediate and visual effect is smoother skin, but more importantly, it also boosts circulation, improves digestion and lymphatic drainage and assists with kidney function.

Dry brushes are inexpensive and can be found at most bath and body stores.  I got mine locally, but here is a link to Amazon if you’re unsure which brush to purchase.

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It is incredibly easy to do and takes very little time.  But there are some important points to know beforehand, such as the motion and direction to work in.  Dry brushing opens the pores of the skin and should be done on a daily basis for the best results.

Did You Know?

  • The skin is the largest organ in the body and is responsible for a 1/4 of the body’s detoxification each day?
  • The skin is known as our third kidney?
  • Every minute your body sheds 30,000 dead skin cells?  (isn’t that just gross?)

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 Benefits of Dry Brushing

  • Stimulates Circulation – our skin actually breathes!  And if it is clogged up with dead skin cells it cannot do it’s job properly.  Also, some suggest that dry brushing helps with varicose veins.
  • Removes dead skin – dry brushing removes the dead skin cells that our body produces (gross, I know!).   But trust me when I say that your skin feels amazing after just a week of dry brushing.  It is not meant to be harsh or make the skin red.  All you need is very light pressure and it feels like a mini massage.  It’s no more harsh then the loofah sponges and body scrubs that most people use in the shower.
  • Helps digestion – when you dry brush on a regular basis you are allowing your skin to breathe properly and this allows it to better absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins.
  • Removes cellulite – yes you read that right, partially anyway.  According to  How Stuff Works.com, “Cellulite isn’t just fat.  And according to medical research, it’s not a buildup of toxins in your skin, either.  Instead, it’s the result of a combination of the structures of skin, subcutaneous fat, connective tissue and muscle.”  Why dry brushing improves the appearance of cellulite may be due to an increase in blood flow to the area resulting in a plumpier or firmer look.   You can work on areas that have excessive cellulite for longer periods of time.  Twice a day for 5 – 10 minutes is recommended.
  • Stimulate the Lymphatic System – in your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products.  When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease.

Tips and Tricks to Dry Brushing

  • Purchase a natural (not synthetic) long handled brush.  They can be found at most bath and body stores.
  • Always dry brush dry naked skin.  I usually do this in the shower before I turn the water on.  That way any dry skin will wash down the drain of the tub and not end up on my bathroom floor.
  • Always shower after dry brushing to wash the impurities off the skin.
  • Don’t forget sensitive areas like the inner thigh and under the arms for lymph drainage.
  • Be very careful to work TOWARDS the heart and not AWAY from the heart.  This can put extra pressure on the veins and can cause varicose or ruptured veins.  Also avoid going back and forth with the brush.  Only work in one motion.
  • Dry off after the shower with a good clean cotton towel.  Moisturize your skin with an organic lotion, preferably one that does not contain unwanted perfumes.  There has also been some suggestion to use peanut and castor oil for arthritis.  I’ll be checking into this a little further as I am starting to feel joint pains throughout my body and this is something that has shown promise.

How to Dry Brush

  • Start with your feet and brush in an upward motion up your leg.  Slowly continue up the leg to the groin area, including the backs of the legs, thighs and buttocks.  Repeat with the other foot and leg.
  • Next do your belly in large counterclockwise circular motions (I spend a few extra minutes here).  Lift your arm up and continue doing your sides in an upward motion ending at the armpit.  Switch hands and do the other side.
  • Continue next with the hands and up the arms, again, in long soft strokes ending at the armpit.  Tilt the head to one side and do the neck in a downward motion.  Switch and do the other side.

Like I said in the beginning of this post, I’ve been doing this for a little over a year now and have seen dramatic results in my skin, especially in the winter months.  My skin is so much smoother than it’s ever been and I feel more energized after I get out of the shower.

I hope this inspires you to take care of your skin so it can continue taking care of you!

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