I was recently introduced to dry brushing by a good friend of mine. I heard of it years ago, and have even tried it, but it wasn’t until learning how passionate she was about dry brushing that made me consider giving it a try again! Dry brushing has been a positive experience and I’m sure will continue to be beneficial the longer I do it.
What is dry brushing? Dry brushing is simply using a brush made of natural bristles to simply brush the skin all over your body for exfoliation and to DETOXIFY YOUR BODY!
What type of brush should I use? You want to use a natural bristle brush such as a one with boars hair or one with plant fibers. (This is the one I use)
How do I dry brush? Start with your skin completely dry and the dry brush should also be dry. Begin at your feet and rub in a circular motion up toward your heart. Brush each leg, arms, back, stomach, etc. At first it may feel a little rough, but you adjust and it will start to feel good. You can brush the rougher skin, like elbows and knees, harder and the softer skin, like the stomach, much softer.
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Of course we know that exfoliation is good for the skin, to remove dead skin cells and bring on the “glow” effect, but doing in regularly will produce a healthy glow throughout the year! It also increases circulation, bringing blood to the surface of the skin and will help to naturally detoxify your body through your skin. Remember to drink a lot of water afterward!
Why should I dry brush? According to Drybrushing.net the benefits also include:
- Your skin will be healthier and smoother by removing dead skin cells and allowing your skin to “breath” and absorb nutrients (a great time to use my Raw Shea Body Butter!)
- You will have a stimulated lymphatic and circulatory systems. This will boost your immune system and increase circulation to help your body detoxify. (A great enhancement to taking elderberry syrup)
- A big benefit is stress relief! Dry brushing Increases your blood flow and reduces stress to areas of the body and rejuvenates your nervous system by stimulating the nerve endings in your skin.
- It helps to reduced cellulite by increasing blood circulation to the skin which then helps your body break down and releases the toxins that cause that undesired cellulite in the legs and hips (AMEN!).
How often should I dry brush? You should work up to dry brushing once a day, but can begin with a weekly regimen as you would exfoliate your face (do not dry brush your face!). It can take as little as couple minutes or as long as 10, its up to you! You will have immediate results, such as softer skin, but it will take about 30 days or more for the lymphatic cleansing.
Of course we know the best way to take care of our body and our skin (the largest organ in our body!) is through a clean nutrient rich diet, full of natural, unprocessed ingredients, exercise, and a lot of water. But you can help your body naturally detoxify faster and have beautiful skin from this easy technique, dry brushing.