Dry brushing is a newly recognized and effective technique used to promote healthy skin, circulatory system, and lymphatic system. The technique is often used in spas, but can be done easily at home.
Using a dry brush in long strokes toward the heart, starting from the feet and hands and moving inward, can help to promote healthy circulatory flow. The brushing also helps to exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft and healthy. The exfoliating brush removes excess dead skin cells, clears out the pores, and helps lymph nodes and vessels to drain of toxins.
The practice is not only good for the skin, heart, and lymph system, but is said to help get rid of cellulite deposits as well. Testimonies of dry brush users claim that the reduction of cellulite was noticeable within weeks of starting to use dry brushing. Some have linked the draining of the lymph system to the cellulite reduction, although there is not much concrete evidence to support this claim.
Dry brushing is also said to give energy boosts, due to the benefits to the circulatory system. It is best done before showering in order to get rid of remaining dead skin cells. Some users have used essential oils on their dry brush in order to help the lymphatic drainage. Others have tried alternating shower temperature between hot and cold to further the circulatory advantages. Overall the technique is beneficial to many body systems, and can be used for relaxing and energizing, done right in your home!
Wells, Katie. “Dry Brushing for Skin: Benefits & How to Do It the Right Way.” Wellness Mama®, 23 Jan. 2019, wellnessmama.com/26717/dry-brushing-skin/.
Sutherland, Lee. “Why You Should Start Dry Body Brushing Today.” Mindbodygreen, Mindbodygreen, 6 Oct. 2017, http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7955/why-you-should-start-dry-body-brushing-today.html.