Updated: Apr 27, 2021
Have you ever heard of dry brushing before?
If not, then no worries! We've got the complete breakdown of all things dry brushing, including its benefits (there are SO MANY!), how to properly dry brush and how to incorporate it into your daily life.
So, what exactly, is dry brushing?
To sum it up, dry brushing is pretty much exactly what it sounds like - you take a dry body brush (one with firm, natural bristles) and gently brush your dry skin. Sounds pretty easy, right?
Of course, there are more detailed steps to properly dry brush, but before we get to that, let's talk benefits of dry brushing.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
1. Super-Soft Skin: Dry brushing exfoliates and eliminates dead skin cells, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth, while aiding the skin's renewal process. This helps to create supple, youthful-looking skin.
2. Encourages circulation and Supports the Lymphatic System: Dry brushing can help to improve circulation of the lymphatic system, which stimulates the nodes, vessels and glands just below the skin's surface. Working alongside the circulatory system, these systems help to remove waste from the body, which helps to boost your immune system by removing toxins and pathogens through detoxification.
3. Increases Energy: Increased blood flow enters the areas brushed, which stimulates the skin and body, leaving you feeling more energized and invigorated.
4. Offers a moment of self-care: Dry brushing encourages you to take a moment and focus on your body, lending to time for self-care and to feeling good about the body you live in.
Aren't those some amazing benefits!
How to Dry Brush
Now, how does one properly dry brush, you ask? We've outlined a simple step-by-step for you below.
First, make sure your skin and brush are completely dry.
Start at the midsection or trunk of your body, and begin to make small, gentle circles with the brush on the skin, moving from your abdominals to your back (avoid the upper chest area for now).
Starting with one leg, continue these gentle circles down the leg to the foot, and proceed back up to the midsection, giving a little extra attention to the lymph nodes located in the upper-inner thigh area just below the hip bone.
Switch to the other leg and repeat.
Once you have finished the lower portion of the body, dry brush the upper chest and back.
Dry brush up one arm to the hand and back towards the chest, giving a little extra attention to the lymph nodes in the armpit area.
Repeat on the other arm.
Finish your dry brush session with some extra circles around the heart space on the chest.
Ideally what we are doing here is following the lymphatic system. This sweet little treat doesn't take more than 5 minutes, however, you are welcome to savor it as long as you'd like.
How to Incorporate Dry Brushing Into Your Life
Dry brushing is most beneficial before a shower or bath, and you guessed it, BEFORE A SAUNA SESSION.
I have personally incorporated dry brushing into my daily regimen before my sauna sessions, and I can honestly say that I feel amazing afterwards. Not only does it help to open up my pores so that I sweat more, but I instantly feel more energized and that I am assisting my body in healing and detoxifying itself even more by incorporating this quick and simple technique.
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