You may have heard of dry brushing in the past, but are a little unsure of what it is exactly. Dry brushing is an important tool in helping your body detox. It helps exfoliate your skin by brushing away that surface layer of dry and dead skin cells, while also stimulating lymph nodes, improving cellulite appearance, boosting circulation, and so much more.
While dry brushing provides these great benefits, most people are still hazy on what it is specifically, how to do it, and why. So, we’re here to clear the air and tell you everything you need to know about dry brushing. And, why you definitely want to add it to your daily routine.
What it is
Basically, dry brushing is just brushing your skin with the soft, but stiff, bristles of a non-synthetic brush. Sometimes we forget that our skin is our largest organ. And, it is an organ of elimination, so about one-third of our bodies’ toxins are exerted through our skin. Dry brushing helps make this process easier by ridding skin of dead skin cells and unclogging pores.
Dry brushing doesn’t just help your body detox from the skin’s surface, but it also stimulates your lymphatic system, which is what’s pushing all those toxins out from the inside. And, as if helping make it easier on your body to get rid of those nasty toxins wasn’t enough, dry brushing also is proven to help minimize the appearance of any cellulite on the body.
How to do it
Okay, so you know what dry brushing is, but now you need to know how exactly you’re supposed to do it. Easy. Just buy yourself an all-natural bristle brush. We prefer one with a longer handle so that it’s easier to reach each part of your body. Then, every day before you shower, brush yourself. It’s important that you start at your feet and always brush towards your heart. And, make sure you use long, sweeping strokes. After you brush and shower, then moisturize. It’s important to note that, while dry brushing may leave your skin a little pink at first, you should never brush so hard that your skin is red or scratched.
So, by doing just a little bit more before your shower each day, you can be doing your skin a big favor.