Dry Brushing- Do You Do it?
Have you heard of dry brushing? I had no idea what this was, and when I heard someone say it a long time ago I thought they meant some special brush for my hair!
So what is dry brushing? Dry brushing has been around for ages. It's a form of Ayurvedic "medicine"- in addressing the root cause of inflammation and so much more. Dry brushing works by exfoliating the topical layer of skin, but there are so many more benefits:
Dry brushing can help aid in:
stimulating the lymphatic system & flushing toxins
exfoliating the surface layer of dead skin cells
naturally increase your circulation to trouble areas
helps to break down cellulite
Stimulating the Lymphatic System & Flushing Toxins
In my opinion, the lymphatic system is not talked about enough! It's responsible for fighting off infections in your body. Fluids flow through the system and are filtered through the lymph nodes. If you’re sick or exposed to a lot of toxins, the system may become backed up. Years of using medications, chemicals in skin care products, aluminum filled deodorants, toxin laden foods & drinks, and a poor overall environment can result in a bogged down lymphatic system. You may not realize how many functions of your body have slowed down over the years of constant chemical exposure. Incorporating dry brushing on the daily helps your lymphatic flush out trapped toxins!
Your lymphatic & circulation systems work together to dispose of toxins in your body. There are studies connecting dry brushing with " vasodilation" which is the widening of blood vessels. The study showed that circulation in a specifically addressed area even reactivated so- called "slow" blood vessels.
Source linked HERE
Assist In Breaking Down Cellulite Cellulite is trapped toxins and fat lodged in our fascia. It's totally normal to have, and some people are just more genetically disposed to it. You can help your body move some of these toxins by resistance training style exercises. Staying hydrated and with proper electrolytes helps as well. Adding in dry brushing will help flow the trapped toxins out! It's not a "fix all" but it can help stimulate skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of those lumps & bumps.
How Do You Dry Brush?
When you first start dry brushing, it’s best to begin with light brushing. As you get used to it, you can increase the pressure. You may feel very tingly and even a slight "burn"
To dry brush, use a natural fiber brush with a long handle. The long handle will help you reach all areas of your body. Follow these steps:
Start at your thighs and move downward. You want to flush everything "down" and "outward" to your lymph nodes. Always brush away from your heart.
Brush your skin using wide, circular, clockwise motions.
Use light pressure in areas where your skin is thin and harder pressure on thicker skin, like the soles of your feet. Never brush over open wounds. In areas where you have varicose veins, use caution and go slowly.
Brush your arms after you have brushed your feet, legs, and mid-section. You should brush upward towards your armpit area.
After dry brushing, take a cool shower to help remove the dry skin.
After your shower, dry off and then consider using an all natural body oil, such as ones I make over at https://www.theconsciousgoddessbox.com/bodybathoil
Body Brushes I like:
Here's some of the body brushes I really enjoy!
I've attached their links, the 3pc set is my favorite because it includes one for your face and also a handheld one which I find really easy to use for my thigh areas!