You’re already brushing your hair and teeth, but do you brush your skin as well? Did you know that the skin is the largest organ of your body? It’s also the most important, and often neglected, way of eliminating toxins!
Dry brushing your body is a powerful method of exfoliating dead skin, detoxifying the body, reducing cellulite, and improving blood circulation – leaving you with smooth skin and a healthy heart!
Why you should dry brush:
Dry brushing involves using a dry, clean brush, typically made of natural bristles, to massage your entire body in upward, circular motions moving towards your heart. As the bristles gently brush away dead skin cells, the upwards and circular motions help stimulate the lymphatic system, aiding your body in flushing away toxins. Added benefit? Minimizing cellulite! As you brush your body, you also help your skin decongest and unclog pores. This leaves you with smooth and firm skin.
Dry brushing also helps wake up the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin. Brushing is often described as “invigorating” because it provides a good energy jolt if you’re feeling a little sluggish.
Finally, dry brushing can be a soothing and stress-relieving ritual that eases tension in the body. Doctors recommend it for people with depression and anxiety since self-care activities are a way to connect with yourself and your feelings.
How to dry brush:
It’s recommended to dry brush at least once a week. A good tip is to dry brush before a shower while the water is heating up. Start at the soles of your feet and move up, focusing on your joints where the lymphatic fluid builds up. Once you reach your stomach, brush in a clockwise motion.
Due to its exfoliating effect, dry brushing also helps with those annoying little ingrown hairs that pop up in random places. Hooray!