Have you heard of dry brushing? In our latest article we find out what it is, how it works and the benefits of this treatment.
How to dry brush
Dry brushing is the practice of taking a firm, dry, bristled brush and brushing your skin. Starting at the feet, with long strokes, brush your body towards your heart. This will assist with lymphatic support (something we will discuss later). Try not to be too gentle or too rough. Repeat over your arms, shoulders and along your back to, if you have a friend nearby who can help. We suggest dry brushing every morning to see the full benefits.
Lymphatic support – the last time you were unwell, you may have felt your lymph nodes in your neck swell up. These nodes are part your lymphatic system, which is a significant part of the immune system. The lymph vessels run just below the skin and dry brushing can help stimulate the natural blood flow of this system. This can help support and strengthen your immune system.
Exfoliation – exfoliation is essential to the regeneration of skin cells. By removing the dirt and the buildup of dead skin cells, your skin remains soft and plump. Most people regularly exfoliate their face, but forget their body needs to be exfoliated too. After dry brushing, you may notice your skin becomes hydrated and softer to touch.
Natural energy boost – the increase in circulation all around your body will give you an instant energy boost. Similar to the feeling you have after a brisk walk or work out. This energy won’t last forever, but it is a great way to kickstart your day.
Other than the potential to over-exfoliate and the time it takes to skin brush your whole body, there appears to be minimal downsides.
Try dry skin brushing just before a shower and make sure you apply a hydrating lotion after the shower to put moisture back into your skin.