DRY BRUSHING 101
Ahh.. the weather is starting to get colder, the air drier, and our skin is becoming even more vulnerable to the elements. As if our skin isn’t already working hard enough - the colder months can really put it to the test.
Let’s face it, we all want healthier and more youthful looking skin. We can wash it multiple times a day, lather it with expensive lotions and serums, use fancy masks and toners, but one thing that many of us might be missing (that's also very inexpensive) is exfoliating.
Have you heard of dry brushing before? Dry brushing is a great way to not only exfoliate your skin, but to also support your detoxification pathways - making it an amazing addition to your winter health care routine.
Dry brushing is simply brushing and exfoliating your skin with a dry, stiff-bristled brush. This activity not only helps your skin feel great, but it can also provide some impressive health benefits.
Dry Brushing can provide the following benefits:
CLEAN & UNCLOG PORES
Exfoliating your skin naturally helps to remove old and dead skin cells that can be clogging your pores. This allows our skin to breathe and can help improve appearance.
ENCOURAGE NEW CELL TURNOVER (hello beautiful new skin)
Dry brushing can help to stimulate the skin and increase blood flow; which provides a great catalyst for new cell turnover. Elevated blood flow allows for increased nutrient circulation to the skin which is super nourishing and restorative.
SUPPORT OUR DETOXIFICATION PATHWAYS
Dry brushing can help stimulate the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of our immune system that helps rid our bodies of unwanted materials and toxins. By stimulating this system, our bodies can more easily detoxify itself and get rid of metabolic waste.
PROVIDES AN ENERGIZING SENSATION
Because dry brushing can stimulate the skin and increase blood flow - naturally you’re also going to get an energizing sensation. Dry brushing can be a great addition to your morning routine as this activity can help to wake you up!
How to Dry Brush:
A dry brush is a dry, stiff-bristled brush (like the one pictured above). When purchasing a dry brush of your own, look for ones made from natural materials. A dry brush with a long handle is also nice as it makes it easier to reach areas on the back.
When brushing, start at the bottom (your feet) and work your way up (ending with the chest and neck). Use a firm brushing motion towards the direction of your heart - this is best for lymphatic support and circulation. You can brush the same area a few times but don’t overdo it as skin can become irritated. Use long strokes in an upward motion towards the heart. Your skin should be slightly pink afterwards but not red - if its red than you are brushing too hard. Avoid sensitive areas such as cuts, abrasions, sores, burns, etc. Also avoid areas that are already inflamed or irritated.
You also want to avoid brushing your face as these bristles can be too firm for our delicate facial skin. You can purchase a more gentle dry brush specifically for this area or a dry washcloth also works nicely.
Dry brushing can be done daily or even weekly, the choice is up to you. It can be a great addition to your morning routine as it also provides an invigorating effect. You can do it rather quickly or take your time - it can take from just a few minutes up to 20 minutes depending on the person.
Once done, wash off any dead skin cells or flaky skin and apply lotion to put moisture back into your skin.
Want some more ways to naturally support your detoxification pathways? Check out this article: 10 Non-Diet Related Ways to Detox
Disclaimer: Information provided is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice. Please always consult your physician or health care provider.