You brush your hair and teeth daily, but have you ever brushed your skin?
You have probably heard of dry brushing, and maybe you’ve wondered if it’s worth the hype. Let’s talk about exactly what dry brushing is, the benefits you can expect from a regular dry brushing routine, and how to get started.
A dry brush is a long wooden brush with soft but firm bristles for the skin. The idea behind it is to stimulate the body’s lymphatic system, an important part of the immune system that collects and transports waste throughout the bloodstream. The lymphatic system contains lymph vessels that run below the skin – it’s a natural detoxifier.
By brushing the skin in a particular pattern, you can stimulate the lymphatic system to promote this natural flow and support the body’s immune system. Dry brushing also exfoliates the skin by sweeping away dead skin cells, which can improve the appearance of skin and help to smooth the appearance of cellulite. You’ll love how soft your skin feels after a regular dry brushing routine!
I always recommend dry brushing during the morning hours due to its energizing effect. (My preference is to brush before hopping in the shower.) It’s the perfect natural energy boost to kick start my day!
Wondering how to dry brush? Start at the feet or legs and begin brushing upward or in circular motions towards the heart. Use small, firm strokes, but don’t apply too much pressure. The idea is never to break the skin or cause irritation. Be gentle and experiment with the pressure that your body responds to best.
Feel free to dry brush up to five minutes each morning, and tell me how it goes! I would love to hear your thoughts about adding a dry brush to your health and wellness practice.