Hey Beautie, let’s talk about dry brushing…..
The practice of dry brushing has been gaining popularity lately. It is not a new trend though. It has been there for years past. Some spa offers it too in their menu. It has so many benefits from smoothening out your skin to helping with lymphatic drainage.
Let’s get to the Topic of the Day
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing means exactly what the name sounds like….. brushing your skin with a dry brush. It is best done before taking a shower.
There are so many health claims about dry brushing. For the individuals who aren’t familiar with the system, it includes every day body massage with a dry, firm bristled brush. It’s been said to help exfoliation, increase circulation, detoxify, help digestion – and even improve the presence of cellulite. Are these claims true? A few, yet certainly not all.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
- It encourages circulation. Lymphatic drainage and circulation is the most cited benefit of the ritual. Your lymphatic system works with your circulatory system and removes waste in your body, that is why you may hear people say that dry brushing is “detoxifying.”
- Exfoliation. This benefit is seen the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps remove dead skin cells and loosen the skin, naturally exfoliating skin. This improves the appearance of the skins and makes skin treatment more effective.
- It reduces cellulite. I’ve found many accounts of people who claimed that dry brushing regularly helps to reduce cellulite, though no much scientific claims to it. There isn’t much research to back the cellulite reduction claims, but dry brushing makes the skin softer and feels great, so there isn’t really any bad thing in trying it!
- It boost natural energy level. I usually feel great after dry brushing. One theory has it that since it increases circulation, it increases energy.
Dry Brushing also offer some moment of self care which generally is good for the body. It encourages you to take some time and focus on your body, because feeling good about the body you live in is a goal worth achieving.
Selecting a Good Dry Brush
I recommend going for a firm, natural bristle brush which has a long handle so that you will be able to brush your entire back, easily brush the back of your legs and your feet. Here is my favorite set of brush, it includes a face brush, one with long handle and two other brushes with different firmness.
How To Dry Brush
Dry brushing can be done daily, preferably in the morning before taking your shower so you can wash off the dead cells resulting from exfoliation. Begin with a gentle brush and soft pressure.
Steps to Dry Brushing
- Beginning at the feet, I brush the bottom of my feet and up my legs in long, smooth strokes. I brush each area of skin 10 times. For lymph flow, I regularly brush toward the heart/chest region where the lymph system drains.
- Always brush toward the center (i.e the heart) of the body.
- Also, do the same procedure with the arms, begin from the palms of the hand and brushing the arm toward the heart. Again, brush each section of the skin about 10 times.
- On the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise movement.
- I then repeat the process on my abdomen and back, and then use a more delicate brush for the face.
- Then take a warm shower, after which you apply a good lotion or moisturizer on your skin. Here is a list of good moisturizer you can use from the comfort of your home.
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