Dry brushing

Dry brushing has been gaining popularity lately – and now has plenty of devoted fans, and with good reason.

Dry brushing is a classic ayurvedic ritual that involves brushing your full body with a natural bristle brush.

Dry brushing has many potential benefits, from smoother skin to helping with lymphatic drainage.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

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. You will notice less dry skin and much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after dry skin brushing.

Clean Pores (& Smaller Pores!)

The added benefit of exfoliating the skin is clearing oil, dirt, and residue from the pores. Use a smaller, gentler dry brush for the face (don’t use the stiffer body brush here.

Lymphatic drainage and circulation

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. Proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify naturally. 

Here’s How to Dry Brush the Skin:

Dry-brushing is one of those rare things that feels just as good when you do it yourself as when someone else does it to you, and it’s incredibly easy to incorporate into your routine. Most experts recommend dry-brushing in the morning, rather than before bed, because they believe it has energizing qualities. Some people use the brush on its own; others put a bit of body oil on the brush before they use it. Shower before skin-brushing if you’re using an oil on the brush. If not, shower after skin brushing, then apply oil or lotion. It’s fantastic to do in conjunction with a sauna or steam, too.

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Find your brush.

Use a soft but firm, natural bristle brush with a long handle, which allows you to reach your entire back and easily brush the bottoms of your feet and the backs of your legs. 

Shorter brush fits in your hand perfectly, making it incredibly easy to use.

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Treat the upper body.

Much like you start with the feet, start with the hands and go across toward the heart. Do a similar routine as you did with the legs: Brush the back of your hands, work around the forearm, and then around the upper arm. Be mindful to treat under the upper arms with extra attention, as that’s where many lymph nodes are (as a rule of thumb, you’ll want to always pay attention to areas with lymph nodes). 

Then finish with neck and décolletage.

You’ll want to be extra gentle, as it’s more delicate skin. Also, here you’re deviating from the bottom-up technique—as you are above heart level. Start at the jawline and move down toward your chest. Finish by going over your heart in a circular motion to end your routine. 

Afterward, you can take a shower as usual.

This will help clean the body of the dead skin cells that have come loose during the brushing process. As your skin is thoroughly exfoliated, be mindful of how you are washing it—skip the scrubs and abrasive products. 

After the shower, hydration is the key.

Because the skin will absorb product more readily, it’s important to use healthy, high-quality natural products after dry brushing sessions.

Do it always while your skin is damp, as smoothing on an oil or cream will seal in water from your shower.

Note: Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. Skin will get slightly pink after brushing, but it should never be red or sting. If it hurts at all, use less pressure.

Stick to it.

You’re not going to see any difference unless you are diligent—as with any routine.

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