During this past winter, I came across a technique known as “dry brushing”. It grew popular across many wellness accounts I had been following and everything they were mentioning (in terms of its benefits) intrigued me to no end.
Dry brushing is literally exactly how it sounds – you brush your entire body with a designated dry brush. It’s a cheap and easy way to not only unclog all of your skin’s pores from the toxins hiding under your skin, but also to open yourself up to a bunch of other benefits. Some of these benefits include the stimulation of your lymphatic system, stress relief, cellulite reduction, and an overall mood/energy booster.
A little bit more about that…
The bristles on your dry brush will cause dead skin to fall off, naturally exfoliating your skin. Yes, I know this sounds gross, but you’ll thank me once you shower and apply coconut oil (or your preferred moisturizer) everywhere you brushed!
Stimulation of your lymphatic system
When you gently drag your dry brush against your skin, you trigger a natural detoxification and stimulate a normal flow in your lymph vessels that lay just beneath the skin.
Dry brushing helps get rid of trapped toxins inside the body that have gathered in your body’s fat cells (which is the same thing as cellulite) therefore reducing cellulite.
Energy booster/Stress Reliever
I am aware that most people enjoy dry brushing in the morning rather than at night before bed because it has a tendency to increase your energy. This might be because it increases circulation!
Now that you have a better understanding of what dry brushing really is and what it does, let’s go over how you do it.
Step 1: Purchase a non-synthetic bristle brush (or any brush labeled “Dry Brush” – I use EcoTools’ dry brush!)
Step 2: Stand in either a bathtub or tiled floor to catch any falling dead skin.
Step 3: Start at your feet and begin creating long strokes towards your heart. Brush a few times in each spot you hit.
Step 4: Continue to brush everywhere and always keep your strokes going towards your heart.
Step 5: Step in the shower (if you haven’t already done so) and rinse off.
This sixth and final step is optional but recommended – After you finish showering, apply coconut oil (or atleast just your arms and legs). As some of you may know, coconut oil is amazing when it comes to softening skin. Not only that, but it works as a lip moisturizer and natural makeup remover as well. And as many of you might be happy to hear, it is known to have many anti-aging properties and is good for skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne.