If you’re like me, you probably grew up being forced by your mother to brush your hair and your teeth. But how often did she ask you to brush your skin? Probably not too often, if at all. But little did she know, the simple process of brushing your skin can provide many health benefits including cleansing your body, inside and out.
Dry brushing is the method of brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush to stimulate the body’s circulation and lymphatic systems. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help to rid the body of toxins and waste. If the lymphatic system is congested, it can lead to a build-up of toxins, which can cause inflammation and illness.
I have been dry brushing for a few years now and the impact is amazing. I have extremely dark coarse hair on my legs and it tends to cause ingrown hairs and odd looking dots on my skin. Dry brushing has helped to reduce both of these issues almost completely, revealing softer, smoother, more even skin on my legs.
Dry brushing is also said to reduce the appearance of cellulite, exfoliate the skin and unclog pores allowing better absorption of nutrients. If that doesn’t convince you to add dry brushing to your routine, I don’t know what will!
How It Works
To properly dry brush, you’ll want to do this right before showering. Start at the feet and brush upward using light strokes. Brush over the same area several times, but be sure to pick the brush up with each new stroke. You should be brushing toward the heart because this is where the lymph system drains.
Repeat the same process on the arms, starting at the palms and brushing toward the heart.
Next, brush the stomach and back in circular clockwise motions. Your skin should be a little pink afterward, but it shouldn’t hurt, if it does reduce the pressure.
Once you are finished, jump in the shower and follow with a moisturizing lotion or oil.
How often should you do it? Every day, girl, every day.
Remember to clean your brush with soap and water at least once a week. Let the brush dry in a clean sunny spot to avoid any mold or mildew growth.