What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like. Brushing the skin in a particular way with a dry brush, usually before showering, for 3-10 minutes.
What are the benefits of dry brushing?
Stimulates your lymphatic system – The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that deliver, lymph, a clear fluid, containing white blood cells that help rid the body of toxins and waste. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you ill. Dry brushing is a powerful detoxing tool and a great way to stimulate lymph drainage.
Exfoliation – Dry brushing is another great way to exfoliate the skin. It eliminates dead skin which in turn improves appearance and cellular renewal.
Reduces Cellulite – Cellulite has been described as “tissue sludge” that’s exactly what it is; a reduction in the level of skin metabolism resulting in a buildup of cellular waste that gives the skin a lumpy, dull & very unappealing texture. Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard subcutaneous fat deposits while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Detoxing – When you dry brush your skin, circulation is increased, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste. Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed.
How to dry brush correctly:
- Purchase a dry brush with natural, non-synthetic, bristles. The bristles should feel stiff but not hard. You can typically find one at your local health food store or can easily find one online.
- Dry brushing should be done in the nude before you shower, with dry skin and a dry brush.
- For best results, perform once daily, preferably in the morning.
- Ideally you want to brush from toes to neck because unlike blood, which flows throughout the body in a continuous loop, lymph flows in only one direction within its own system. This flow is only upward toward the neck.
- Use long sweeping strokes. The pressure should be firm, not painful!
- Start at the bottom of your feet and brush upwards. Continue lightly, yet vigorously brushing up one leg to the hips. Repeat this movement for the other leg. *REMEMBER: ALWAYS BRUSH UP TOWARDS THE HEART*
- Finish the lower body by brushing each buttock.
- Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart. Brush each section of skin around 10 times.
- Next, brush your abdomen in a circular clockwise motion.
- Brush your sides starting from the waist and brushing up to the arm pits.
- Now, brush your lower back in the same direction as your abdomen in a clockwise motion.
- Finish by brushing the shoulders, upper back, chest and neck.
- Shower to rinse off any impurities. Finish your shower with hot and cold cycles (6 total). That means turning on to start with very warm water for 2 minutes, then cold as you can take it for ten seconds, then as hot as you can handle it for 20 seconds..etc. Always begin warm and end with cold. This will further invigorate the skin, detoxify and stimulate circulation, bringing more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
- Dry off and apply either firming gel or water loss gel and allow to dry completely before getting dressed.
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