If you're looking to pick up a new healthy habit, it should definitely be dry brushing. It's an ancient practice, which dates back centuries, that started gaining popularity over the past decade.
Dry brushing is a therapeutic practice that helps detox your body. The health and beauty benefits are just incredible.
I picked up on this amazing habit several years ago and it's been a part of my morning beauty ritual ever since. I seriously can't live without it.
Since the skin is the largest organ in your body, it absorbs everything it comes into contact with. And it's constantly working to detox and filter waste.
You skin excretes around 1 pound of toxins everyday and it comes out in the form of sweat and dead skin cells. That's kind of crazy.
So, dry brushing is an amazing way to help your skin out... and to keep your body healthy and happy.
It's easy, simple, inexpensive, and it only takes 2-3 minutes.
The health benefits of this healing technique are endless, but here are some of my favorites:
- Stimulates your lymphatic system, cleanses, and removes toxins from your body
- Increases blood circulation and kidney function
- Promotes healthy digestion
- Improves nervous system functions
- Sloughs away dry, dead skin - yes please!
- Tightens your skin and provides definition to your muscles
- Reduces the appearance of cellulite
- Removes ingrown hairs
- Removes Keratosis Pilaris (or chicken skin)
- Promotes cell renewal and prevents premature aging - which makes you look younger.
- Energizes you!
HOW TO DRY BRUSH AT HOME:
I dry brush once (sometimes twice) a day, usually in the morning before I jump in the shower. And I use a brush with natural bristles. Anything synthetic may damage your skin.
- Dry brush one side of your body from the feet up
- Use long, gentle strokes, and always brush toward your heart
- Brush your whole abdomen area in a circular motion (clock-wise) to help with digestive functions
- Continue the upward strokes over your hands and arms
- When you reach your shoulder and clavicle areas, gently brush downward toward your heart
- Don't forget your underarms! A major lymph node is located in that area that'll help facilitate the removal of toxins
- Brush the chest/breast area very gently
- Jump in the shower, pat dry your skin, then moisturize
Happy brushing! :)
If you have any questions, comment below. And if you're already into dry brushing, share your experience, I'd love to hear.