What is Dry Brushing and Why Do we Do it?
Dry brushing is brushing the skin in a particular recommended method with a dry brush preferably before showering.This is a simple wellness trick that only takes five minutes a day, costs nothing, and helps cleanse your body inside and out.Dry skin brushing has a number of health benefits and is so simple to do.
What are the Benefits of Dry Brushing?
1. Lymphatic Support:
The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.
This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. I noticed much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after I started dry brushing and my skin has stayed soft.Dry brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin.
3. Cleansing Pores:
The added benefit of exfoliating the skin, is clearing oil, dirt and residue from the pores. Though it isn’t recommended to dry brush the face unless you have a special, more delicate brush, dry brushing helps improve pores on the rest of the body.
4. Increased Energy and better Blood Flow:
I wouldn’t recommend dry brushing at night because it tends to give me a rush of energy. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. Either way, dry brushing is part of my morning routine.
What Brush Do I Choose ?
It is ideally recommended to choose a natural bristle brush with a handle, this will allows you to reach your entire back and easily brushes other adjacent places.There are many options in dry brushes,just make sure to find one with natural bristles.
What is the recommended method of Dry Brushing ?
There is no right and wrong method but it’s nice to follow a method for better and effective results.
(i) You can start at the feet, brush the bottoms of the feet and then on legs in long, smooth strokes. Brushing for each skin part for 10 times is very effective.
(ii) We know there is benefit of lymph flow. That being said, always brush towards the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains. Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart. Again, I brush each section of skin 10 times.
(iii) Finally, repeat the process on abdomen and back and the face with a more delicate brush.
Note: Make sure you use a soft natural brush with smooth strokes. Never brush too aggressively. Also, brush before showering and use a good natural lotion after.
Let us know how dry brushing has helped you exfoliate in the comments section below.
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