If you’re into beauty and wellness then you’ve probably heard about dry brushing, recently dry brushing has become a major beauty and health trend and rightfully so.
Dry brushing is incredible for exfoliation and removing dead skin which in turn allows your moisturizers and oils to penetrate deeper into the skin and helps with better moisturization. I am a big spray tanner and self-tanner so I only dry brush 2-3 times a week so as not to ruin my tan. If I didn’t I would do this every day because it has so many amazing benefits, both internally and externally.
Dry brushing has many health benefits like stimulating the lymphatic system, helping the body rid itself of toxins, increasing circulation and energy all of which make your skin look and feel firmer, more even and radiant.
Lymph is considered part of our immune system and is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. Our skin absorbs toxins and chemicals, and dry brushing helps the skin’s detoxification abilities. By dry brushing we are getting the lymphatic system moving and helping it cleanse more effectively and more often.
When dry brushing you want to move in upward motions towards your heart and use long strokes. I like to go over each section 3-4 times, you will literally feel your body tingle and become almost energized it’s actually an amazing feeling. You can do this before your shower (which is generally when I like to do it), you want to make sure you’re doing this on dry skin. Don’t apply an oil or moisturizer and then dry brush… hence the term DRY brushing!
I like to start at my ankles and move upwards towards my knees, I go around my lower legs and then move up to my thighs. I spend more time on my abdominal area because I have read that the abdomen contains 60-70% of our lymphatic tissue, we want to spend at least 60 seconds brushing it. Use a clockwise motion, starting from the right side. Here is a great video on how to dry brush properly.
When it comes to buying a brush you want to go for natural bristles not synthetic. I have linked a few options below.
Adding this to your routine will also help with the overall condition of your skin’s appearance, it can even help with cellulite! Let me know if you try it and how you like it.