It is very inexpensive and takes only 2-5 minutes a day, we’re talking about dry brushing. What is dry brushing and what are the benefits?
The idea behind dry brushing is to get your lymphatic system moving, which helps your body metabolise and get rid of toxins lingering inside. Lymph congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease, and massaging those lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins.
Some other benefits include:
- It improves blood flow. The circulation boost is important for delivering oxygen and nutrients to your cells and also carrying off the metabolic waste. Poor circulation can lead to swelling, pain, and varicose veins.
- It helps smooth out cellulite. Dry skin brushing can help to soften fat deposits below the skin which, when coupled with other lifestyle changes and home remedies – can minimise the appearance of cellulite.
- It exfoliates the skin. A dry-brush routine is great for skin exfoliation too, as you’ll be removing dead skin and unclogging pores from top to bottom. That not only gives you softer skin but also makes it easier for your body to sweat out toxins.
- It wakes up the nervous system. Dry brushing helps wake up the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin. Brushing is often described as ‘invigorating’ because provides a good energy jolt if you’re sluggish.
- It improves skin tone. Stimulating the nervous system also stimulates muscle fibres, which build muscle tone that helps counteract sagging skin.
How do you dry brush? Watch the video below from the goop YouTube channel:
Right, so now you’re keen to give it a try? Follow these easy steps below on which brush to buy and some important tips:
- Pick a brush that has natural, not synthetic, bristles. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but make sure you’re using a natural bristle brush. Longer handles can make it easier to reach down to your feet and around to your back. Be sure to wash your brush every 2nd week with warm water and soap then allow it to air dry.
- Make sure your skin is dry. The optimal time to dry brush is right before your bath or shower when your skin is still dry. Brushing dry skin gives you a full-body exfoliation without removing the skin’s natural oils.
- Then hop in the shower to rinse off dry skin cells and impurities. We suggest doing it in the morning as it’s an excellent way to wake yourself up. However, the time of day is totally up to you.
- Follow the lymph. The lymph flows towards the heart, so it’s important to brush in the same direction. Make sure you’re getting your entire body, front and back – avoiding your face.
- Don’t go too hard. Medium pressure is key, not too soft and not too hard. And NEVER dry brush over sunburn or any rashes.
- Aim for at least 2 minutes a day.
Not convinced? Give it a try and stick to it for at least 30 days then see how you’re looking and feeling – we’re sure you will be in love with the technique and all the benefits it has.
rubies do you use the dry-brushing technique or have you heard of it before? Comment below to let us know if you will be giving it a try x