What is dry brushing? Simply put, dry brushing is sweeping your skin with a soft brush once or twice a day. Who knew that such a basic act of self-care could lead to so many great results?
Health professionals believe that dry brushing is essential to stimulate the lymphatic system, which is responsible for flushing toxins from your body. When your lymphatic system isn't functioning properly, harmful waste builds up, which can make you feel sick or fatigued. Dry brushing helps to move these toxins out of your system, and also improves blood circulation.
Exfoliation and massage
Use a soft but firm brush so it can aid in exfoliation. We often remember to exfoliate our face. But the rest of our body needs it as well. Dry brushing can help remove any dead cells that have built up on your skin's surface, leading to brighter, healthier skin. (Another person can aid in getting hard-to-reach places, like your back.) Think of it as a massage that is great for both your skin and your overall health. It certainly feels as great as a good massage.
Which brush works best?
To dry brush properly at home, choose a brush that is easy to grip. Pick one with a handle can help you reach places on your body. Start at your feet and brush up towards your heart. Never brush too hard or too much that your skin hurts or turns bright red. Move up over your body with small strokes or circular motions. You can spend five minutes or so on this once or twice a day.
Your dry brushing routine
Finally, dry brushing is a great addition to your stress relief routine. Dry brush in the morning to invigorate your skin, and before bed to work out all the stresses of the day. Keep up with this practice to look and feel your best.
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