Dry brushing is a type of Ayurvedic medicine that has been around for centuries. It works by running a course brush with natural bristles over your dry skin.
Here are some reasons why dry brushing is so great:
It may help your body to release toxins from your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps your body fight off infections. Fluids flow through the system and are filtered through the lymph nodes. If you’re sick or exposed to a lot of toxins, the system may become backed up and clogged. That is why your lymph nodes often become swollen when you have a cold.
Dry brushing is thought to help the body release toxins through sweat. The course bristles on the brush stimulate the pores and open them up. This makes it easier for the body to sweat, which in turn reduces the amount of toxins flowing through the lymphatic system.
It gently exfoliates, unclogging pores and allowing your skin to breath. It increases circulation at the surface of the skin which speeds up healing and regeneration of new skin.
It may help reduce the appearance of cellulite by stimulating the skin to release toxins and gently breaking up pockets of collagen encouraging stronger cell structures.
Improved Mental Alertness:
All of the above benefits of dry brushing culminate to improved mental alertness as the body has increased circulatory and lymphatic flow and the skin feels woken up with the increased blood flow (a great way to start your day!)
So How Do You Dry Brush?:
-Dry brush every day before getting in the shower, while the water warms up
-Use a natural bristle brush with a long handle to reach your back
-Starting at the soles of your feet brush up your body towards your heart
-Brush with small, short strokes or in a small circular motion
-Pay special attention to joints and the inside of thighs where lymph fluid can collect
-On your stomach brush in a clockwise motion
-Along your chest and back continue to brush towards your heart
Check with your doctor if you have diabetes, circulatory issues, or psoriasis before trying dry brushing on yourself.