Dry brushing is an ayurvedic process of brushing skin with a natural brush to stimulate lymph flow, improve circulation, exfoliate skin and help cellulite.
This is important as your skin is your largest organ, and one third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin.
Reasons you need to start dry brushing today!
Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to “breathe.”
2 Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
Your body’s lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products.
Lymphatic congestion occurs when waste and toxins build up – this a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. Dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification tool, as it stimulates your lymph system, helping it to release toxins.
3. Increase Circulation
When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, encouraging the elimination of metabolic waste.
4. Reduce Cellulite (yes!)
While it is thought that dry skin brushing helps to soften hard fat deposits below the skin, and remove toxins, some say the effect is only temporary and a result of the skin becoming more plump after brushing – still worth a try.
5. Improve Digestion and Kidney Function
Dry skin brushing can also help with bloating. This is because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins.
How to Do It
Look for a brush with bristles made from natural materials (these can be found at most good health food stores). They should feel fairly stiff, but not overly. Choose a brush with a long handle so you can reach your entire back and other hard-to-reach spots.
Always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Start at your feet and work your way up to your legs, arms, chest, back, and stomach. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for this delicate skin), your genitals, or any areas with irritations or abrasions (including varicose veins).
Do not “scrub”. The pressure should be firm but not painful. Your skin should be pink after a session (not red or irritated) An average dry brushing session may last between two and 20 minutes, and should be done daily for best results.
Perfect to do just before getting in the shower in the morning – it’s invigorating!
Holistic Nutritionist/Colon Hydrotherapist
Owner/Founder Vitalife Digestive Wellness Clinic