Have you been hearing a lot of dry brushing and not too sure what the hype is all about? Don't worry, I got you!
Dry brushing is a simple yet effective practice that can be done all over your body to help support healthy skin and lymphatic drainage. All you need is a dry body brush and I also recommend having a separate dry facial brush. The facial dry brushes are generally much softer and ideal for the sensitive skin on your face and neck.
What are the benefits of dry brushing?
-helps remove dead skin cells leaving your skin soft and smooth
-many people find it invigorating and helps boost energy
-it helps with lymphatic drainage and improves circulation hence why people say its "detoxifying"
- If you don't know what your lymphatic system is, very high level, it includes lymph which is a colourless fluid, lymph tissue, lymph capillaries, lymph vessels and lymph nodes. It also includes things like our thymus, spleen, tonsils, bone marrow, and so on.
- It's important that we support our lymphatic system because it is responsible for clearing out waste from our bodies while also helping transport key nutrients.
- Unfortunately, it does not pump automatically which is why it's important that we support it through things like dry brushing, using a gua sha, exercise, drinking water, eating a whole foods diet, getting massages if possible, stretching and simply making time to get up from your desk throughout the day!
How do you know if your lymphatic system is sluggish?
- poor circulation
- poor skin health
- swollen lymph nodes
- poor digestive health
- swelling and stiffness
- there are even more symptoms but these are some of the main ones!
How do I dry brush?
First, start just lightly brushing your skin. You will likely be sensitive to the bristles at the beginning so ease into when you start. Also, when it comes to your face, make sure you are EXTRA gentle and are using a brush meant for your face. Always avoid sensitive areas like your eyes.
Also, many people prefer to do this before they shower so they can rinse off the dead skin cells.
1. Start at your feet making upward brush strokes.
2.Then move up your legs brushing up the front and back
3. Next move to your back and stomach. Some people like to move their brush in a circular motion on their stomach for digestive support. Note: you may find your skin is more sensitive on your stomach and chest as well.
4. Then start with your hands and work up your arms. You can also do your underarms.
5. Then go from your neck down to your chest. You may have to use your facial brush on your neck and even your chest if your skin is sensitive. Then move towards your heart in a circular motion.