I am 28 years old now and I know I’m not that old, but I am noticing changes in my body. Over the past few years, anti-aging has become my main focus in skincare. Last winter, I went through a bit of a beauty lull. My everyday products were only producing lackluster results and I just felt ‘blah’.
What I learned during this time is that the one thing that people seem to forget (myself included) is that you will not benefit by only taking care of your skin on the outside, you have to take care of what’s inside too. Your skin is made of layers and underneath those layers are nerves, tissue, muscles, blood vessels, glands, etc.
This is where dry brushing comes in…
Why Dry Brush?
The point of dry brushing is to get your lymphatic system moving. But what does this do for you? Well, getting your lymphatic system moving will aid in metabolizing and detoxifying your body. Bonus – dry brushing helps with digestion and circulation as well!
Here are the wonderful benefits of dry brushing daily:
Stimulates Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is part of your immune system. It can be seen as the waste dump in your body’s circulatory system. When your body is getting rid of toxins and waste, it first goes through the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is made up of organs, lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that carry fluid called lymph. There is a lot of these vessels right under the skin. Dry brushing helps stimulate the lymph flow to aid your body in detoxifying.
Exfoliates Dead Skin
Dry brushing will remove the layers of dead skin which will improve skin’s texture and elasticity. If you have dry skin, this is a sign of detoxification and removing the layers of dead skin will get rid of the toxins and give your skin the ability to breath and a chance for your cells to renew. It is recommended to exfoliate twice per week to aid in anti-aging.
Dry brushing allows more oxygenated blood to flow through your body. In order for your skin to breathe, you need to get rid of the dead skin that is clogging the pores. All the toxins that are leaving your body are suffocating your skin on the top layer. Dry brushing will increase circulation and get your body to get rid of metabolic waste.
That cringe-worthy word. Cellulite is one of the many joys of being a woman. Yes, men get cellulite too but, lucky for them, it is not nearly as prevalent as it is for women. Dry brushing helps eliminate cellulite as it aids in breaking down toxins and releases the fatty deposits under your skin that create those devilish dimples.
Dry brushing provides a sense of relief and happiness as it stimulates the nervous system. It gives a sense of euphoria because of all of the increased blood flow. It is like a mini boost of energy! Also, the act of brushing can be a form of meditation as it is gentle and a few minutes of silence where you are focused on you and freeing you of daily stresses.
How to Dry Brush
To begin dry brushing, you need to pick up the proper tool. Pick up a natural bristle brush (avoid synthetic as it can add toxins). I got mine at The Body Shop but you can find a similar one here:
I always dry brush before I get into the shower. Throughout my research, it is said to begin dry brushing at the bottom of your feet and work your way upwards. Use long, overlapping strokes towards your heart (as this helps the lymph flow). Make sure to be gentle and go over areas a few times to make sure you haven’t missed a spot. Here is a diagram of the direction of brush strokes for dry brushing:
If I haven’t sold you already on dry brushing, also note that it can unclog pores, support your immune system, tone muscles and improve digestion! CRAZY!
Go and pick up a brush today and add it to your morning regime! It only takes a few minutes and has SO many added benefits!
Have you tried dry brushing? I would love to hear from you! Let me know if you have any other tips and tricks for a healthier body and mind!