Dry Brushing is a centuries-old beauty ritual to get glowing skin but it is often forgotten or overlooked. This beauty technique is great for all seasons, especially the summer and winter seasons. Dry brushing is one of those rare things that is good for you and feels great, and it’s incredibly easy to incorporate into your routine. Let’s go through the basics of dry brushing!
Dry brushing stimulates the body’s circulation and lymphatic system, leading to numerous benefits. The lymphatic system is responsible for collecting waste our cells produce, transporting to the blood and eliminating it. When the lymphatic system becomes congested or clogged, it leads to buildup of toxins and inflammation. This often leads to skin looking dull and irritated. When we dry brush the skin, we stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems and we shed this excess waste, water and toxins.
The result of dry brushing is smoother, brighter, healthier skin. And for anyone who loves to look beautiful, who doesn’t want that?
You can pick up a dry brush at most health food stores like Whole Foods, Target or even Walmart. Make sure to get a brush made with natural bristles, not synthetic. Synthetic bristles tend to be thick and stiff and can actually damage the skin. The best time to dry brush is first thing in the morning before you shower. But you can also do it before bed. Make sure to moisturize after.
Begin at the ankles and brush upward using light but firm strokes in a circular motion. You always want to brush toward the heart because that is the way the lymph fluid flows naturally. Most people use the dry brush on their legs and arms but you can even do your stomach shoulders and glutes. Make sure to start with your legs first. Your skin may be a little pink afterward due to the roughness of the bristles, but it shouldn’t hurt—if it does, you need to decrease the pressure used! Avoid going over any skin irritations such as acne, eczema or psoriasis.