Many of us spend a lot of time and money on taking care of the skin on our face, regular facials, exfoliating, and moisturizing. But when was the last time you gave the skin on the rest of your body some attention?
Dry brushing is a great way to give your skin the extra TLC it needs. To get started dry brushing you'll need a good quality brush, look for one with bristles made from natural materials (avoid synthetic brushes) jute brushes are highly recommended! Ideally you should choose a brush with a handle for hard to reach spots.
When brushing you should use medium pressure and long strokes, around 7-10 strokes in the direction of your heart. Once you've brushed your entire body, jump in the shower and lather with your favorite body wash, pat dry, and then moisturize with your favorite moisturizer.
Benefits of dry skin brushing include:
You'll exfoliate dead skin, clearing clogged pores, allowing your skin to "breathe" and your once dull skin will be bright and glowing by encouraging new cell renewal.
Stimulate your lymphatic system helping to release toxins and aid in detoxification. This also helps stimulate circulation, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
Dry brushing stimulates the cells and breaks down toxins from beneath the skin, which helps with the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks and leaves you with tighter more toned skin.
Many enjoy the invigorating feeling after dry brushing!
Dry brushing is great self care practice to add to your daily routine. It is especially important if you're in need of some lymphatic support as dry brushing greatly stimulates circulation and detoxification.