Dry skin brushing is one of the best ways to removes dead skin cells and also activates waste removal via your lymph nodes. Just like you brush your hair, and your teeth to keep it clean.
If you’re wondering what dry brushing is, Running a dry, soft-bristle brush over your bare skin, usually before showering. In dry brushing, the skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
One of the benefits of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more. Tere are other benefits as well:
– Lymphatic Support: The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.
– Exfoliation: This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. I noticed much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after I started dry brushing and my skin has stayed soft. Dry brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin.
– Clean Pores: The added benefit of exfoliating the skin, is clearing oil, dirt and residue from the pores. Though it isn’t recommended to dry brush the face unless you have a special, more delicate brush, dry brushing helps improve pores on the rest of the body.
– Cellulite Help: Though the evidence is anecdotal, I’ve found many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helped their cellulite. I talked about this and my other cellulite remedies here. There isn’t much research to back the cellulite claims, but dry brushing feels great and makes skin softer, so there isn’t really any downside to trying it!
– Increased Energy and Blood Flow: I wouldn’t recommend dry brushing at night because it tends to give me a rush of energy. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. Either way, dry brushing is part of my morning routine.
How to Dry Brush your Skin
Dry brushing can be done daily, preferably in the morning before showering;
– Begin at the ankles and brush upward using light but firm strokes.
– You always want to brush toward the heart because that is the way the lymph flows naturally.
– After you finish your legs, brush your stomach, arms, and shoulders. Your skin may be a little pink afterward, but it shouldn’t hurt—if it does, you need to lay off the pressure..
TIP: After dry brushing, drink a glass of hot water and lemon to help jumpstart your digestive system.