Let’s talk about dry brushing.
Basically, dry brushing is using a specific type of body brush to brush your skin. All you need is yourself and your brush.
The first time I heard about dry brushing was several years ago when one of George Clooney’s super hot ex girlfriends said it was the secret to her glowing skin.
AND I heard there were perks for the lymph system, which I am just all about these days.
First let’s start with the benefits:
◊ Great way to exfoliate and brighten skin
It removes dead skin cells and opens clogged pores (which can help with ingrown hairs).
So far, I am definitely seeing this. I’ve always been pretty lucky with having soft skin, but after dry brushing, I have noticed an improvement. My moisturizers are absorbing better and everything is feeling more silky smooth than before. So thumbs up for this benefit.
◊ Wakes up the lymph system
“The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.” (source)
This also brings me back to my post from last week about the benefits of rebounding and the importance of stimulating the lymph system regularly.
◊ Increased energy and blood flow
I feel energized after dry brushing. Even the process of doing it feels great.
◊ Reduces appearance of cellulite
This little bit of info has not been proven in any of the sources I have read. Some people claim they have seen a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. I, however, have not. So I’m not sure if this is a bogus claim or if it just doesn’t work for me personally. Don’t you think, if something could actually reduce cellulite, EVERYBODY would know about it? If I’m wrong here, someone please let me know. But I have not seen improvement in the cellulite department.
When to do it…
This is something that you can do daily.
You should do it right before a shower or bath on dry skin. I like to dry brush first thing in the morning because of the little energy burst I get afterwards. Plus, it feels like I’m waking everything up and getting ready for the day.
But, I also like to do it when I get home from work. If I save my dry brush & shower routine for the end of the day, I think it feels even better. Probably because my legs have been stuffed in my skinny’s all day and I have those seam imprints on them. And it feels so good to come home, take my pants off and dry brush. TMI? Just being real here. But you can pretty much do it whenever. Some people suggest against doing it before bed though so you don’t get all pumped up and then can’t fall asleep.
How to do it…
You always want to brush in the direction towards your heart and chest. The way you brush is very important, so you can get the most benefits from it.
Here’s the video I watched when I first started dry brushing to learn the technique.
What brush to use…
The brush in the pictures is the one I started with and it’s great for beginner’s. I don’t think it’s too hard and you can adjust the pressure easily. I might be in the market for one that’s a little stiffer in the future, but so far, this one is still working for me.
You can also find body brushes at health food stores. You just want to make sure the bristles are natural and not synthetic.
Also, be careful if you have any skin conditions. Dry brushing can irritate eczema or rashes. Be sure to ask a doctor before you do it, if that’s the case.
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I absolutely love dry brushing and would recommend this to everyone. I hope this inspires you guys to give it a shot. May as well show your skin some serious love.
Have you guys tried dry brushing? Let me know!