Dry body brushing is an amazing practice to add to your morning routine. Dry brushing is normally done by using a wooden, natural bristle brush (to make sure it's vegan, opt for a cactus bristle brush rather than boar bristle) to gently brush the skin in an upwards motion towards the heart. As you can guess from the name, it is done while the skin is dry, before bathing or showering in the morning. If you're ready to learn some of the benefits of body brushing, keep reading below.
Dry brushing provides incredible exfoliation that requires no other products. The natural bristles on the brush will slough off dead skin cells, open up clogged pores, soften skin, and improve your skin's appearance.
2. Stimulates Lymph and Blood Flow
Dry brushing not only exfoliates, but the gentle upwards movement helps stimulate the lymphatic system as well as increasing circulation. By encouraging lymph flow, you're helping your lymphatic system carry cellular waste and toxins out of your tissue to the blood to be removed.
3. Stress Relief
Once you start dry brushing, you'll quickly learn that the act itself is calming and relaxing. Brushing the skin for a few minutes before jumping in the shower is almost like a mini massage, and the act of brushing is meditative itself.
4. How to Body Brush
Start with a stiff, natural bristle brush. Starting at your feet (and with dry skin) move the brush in fluid strokes working all the way up your body. Always brush towards your heart. On the abdomen, back, and chest, you can brush in small, more gentle circles as these areas may be more sensitive to the stiff bristles. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to use a softer bristled brush. Once you're finished brushing, shower or bathe immediately to remove the dead skin cells.
*This information is not to be used in place of professional medical advice, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition. Consult with your doctor for more information on dry brushing or if dry brushing is alright for you.*