Dry brushing has officially become my new best friend and a serious addiction!
I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it! Anyone watch Elf?
I am absolutely in love with Dry brushing. Have you ever seen one of those large, long handled wooden brushes? You can find them at almost any Shoppers or health store. You may have even had one. I know I did as a kid. My mum used to use it in the shower. It always just hung around but I never discovered it’s use as a dry brush until a couple of months ago.
Dry brushing is the use of a thick bristled brush to literally brush the skin, body and face. Smaller more gentle brushes are prefered for the face.
- Exfoliates the skin
- Is claimed to help reduce the appearance of cellulite
- Increases energy
- Stimulate blood flow
- Helps detoxify the body by stimulating the lymph system
- Aids in propper digestion
The lymphatic system is not only located throughout your body but many of the vessels are located just below the skin. The lymph system stores cells that help fight off infection and disease and the lymph fluid aids in draining bacteria and debris. This is why it is so important to keep the body moving through daily exercise. Using a dry brush on the skin helps to stimulate the flow of the lymphatic system which moves in the direction of the heart.
Here’s how to properly use a dry brush:
- Start with a brush that is the right hardness for your skin. You don’t want to irritate the skin but you want to make sure it is tough enough to give you a good exfoliation and turn the skin a light pink when used well.
- Start at your feet and cover ever surface area moving up towards your heart. When you get to your abdomen continue in circular motions if it feels more comfortable for you. Dry brush your lower and mid back.
- With a light bristled small brush dry brush your entire face and neck, again going in the direction of your heart. Don’t forget the back of the neck! If you’d like to brush your head with a hair brush first even better.
- Using the large dry brush start at your hands working up your arms and covering your chest and upper back.
After you’ve taken your time brushing your whole body (be sure not to rush the process) take a nice warm shower. I do this every time I’m about to shower. To be honest I find it kind of gross that I use the brush when I’m dirty but I figure I’m about to bathe anyways and can clean the brush. The reason for taking a warm shower afterwards is to aid in the movement and drainage of the lymph nodes. Just like with sore muscles the warmth of the water will loosen things up and will also help wash away the dead skin cells.
Don’t forget that if the brush is too hard for you don’t feel the need to continue. Find a brush that’s right for your skin.
Immediately after you should feel energized and smooth as babies skin! Some people have even reported better digestion and increased mucus in their stool within a few uses. I know that every time I dry brush my digestion is instantly eased and it just feels oh so good.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! You can easily find a brush for under $10 and it comes with a guarantee that you’ll be just as addicted as me