What Is Dry Brushing and Why You Should Do It!

When I first heard about dry brushing, I gotta admit, I thought it was some kind of medieval torture. Running a stiff brush along your bare skin…whhhyyyy?!  But once I heard about all the amazing benefits, I was willing to put those thoughts aside and give it a shot.  After all, your skin is your largest organ, so why not take care of it?!How_To_Dry_Skin_Brush_www.thehappyhealthfreak.com

What the heck is dry brushing?

Dry brushing has been used for centuries by Scandinavians and Russians (1).  It involves brushing your skin with an all natural bristle brush using an upward motion towards your heart.

Benefits of dry brushing

  • Detoxifies:  Dry brushing lightly stimulates the nerves under your skin which help move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes so toxins can be eliminated. Yes, your body does this naturally, but dry brushing speeds up the process and boosts circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, which helps them perform better.
  • Lymphatic System:  Stimulates the nerves and increases blood circulation which helps with lymphatic drainage and detoxifies the body.
  • Reduces Cellulite: While there’s no conclusive scientific evidence that dry brushing can permanently reduce cellulite, dry brushing does help remove the toxins that breakdown connective tissue which leads to cellulite.  Even a slight difference is better than nothing at all!
  • Tightens & Firms Skin: Dry brushing helps regenerate production of collagen and elastin fibres.
  • Exfoliates: Since you are removing dead skin cells, you will be left with radiant, glowing skin!

How to dry brush

The best time to dry brush is first thing in the morning before you have showered.  The easiest place to do this is standing in the shower/tub.  Since you will be brushing off dead skin cells, it’s easier to take a shower immediately afterwards to wash away the skin cells.

With your clothing removed, start at your feet and brush in short strokes up your leg.  Move onto your arms, stomach, chest and back.  You always brush towards your heart.  You can use an upward or circular motion.  Never dry brush your face, breasts, genitals or any areas that are severely dry, cracked or an open wound.  And be sure not to brush too hard, you do not want to scrape your skin – light, quick, smooth strokes is what you’re aiming for.

Be sure to pay attention to your lymph node areas in the groin, armpits and base of the neck.

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Buying a brush

You want nothing but the best for your skin!  Be sure to purchase a brush with NATURAL plant bristles and a long handle.  I purchased mine from our local health food store for under $10.  It is made with sisal bristle.  Another one to look for would be tampico bristle.

Caring for your brush

It is important to wash your brush with warm soapy water every week and leave it to air dry preferably outside on a sunny day, but any place that is dry will do.  Since the brushes are removing dead skin cells they can build up with bacteria and you may risk a skin infection if you don’t care for your brush properly.  Regular cleaning will also prolong the life of the brush.

When will I see results?

Almost immediately you will notice softer skin, but give this process 30 days to really see the results!

Do you dry brush? What do you love about it?

Please note: no matter how interested your dog seems, please don’t dry brush him…lol! 🙂 🙂

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Look at that cute nose checking things out!

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Maybe he doesn’t seem as interested anymore!

(1) Source: www.livestrong.com

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