Your lymphatic system uses your skin to help detox. As we age, our skin becomes less efficient at detoxing and less effective at naturally shedding our dead skin cells. That’s where dry body brushing can help. Dry brushing is an effective way to give our skin that extra boost to exfoliate, unclog pores, and promote the removal of toxins.
How dry brushing can help your body:
- Lymphatic detox support: Regular dry brushing of the skin helps support the flow of lymph fluid throughout the body, removing toxins and boosting your natural immune system.
- Helps reduce the appearance of cellulite: Cellulite forms in the areas where circulation is most impaired. By increasing circulation, cellulite gradually breaks down and gets eliminated through the lymphatic system.
- Exfoliation: Running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells from skin’s surface, revealing smoother, softer skin.
- Clean pores & better absorption of nutrients: Dry body brushing helps unclog your pores from oil, dirt, and residue, and as a result, allows skin to absorb more of our body care’s active ingredients.
- Circulation Boost: Dry brushing brings a surge of blood flow pushing fresh nutrients and oxygen to the skin, improving its health, bounce, and energy. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy.
Dry body brushing can be done daily, preferably in the morning before showering. But you know your skin best, so daily might be too much. Try 3-4 weeks times a week to start with.
The whole process takes about 3-5 minutes and is incredibly easy to incorporate into your routine.
- Begin at your feet, then move up the legs in long, gentle strokes. Always stroke toward your heart (where the lymph system drains).
- Continue to the thighs, bum, hands, arms, back, and then finish at the tummy and chest. Pay special attention to backs of thighs or areas where you have cellulite. (Note: Don’t brush on broken or inflamed skin.)
- Brush several times in each area, overlapping as you go. Adjust the pressure of the brush to the different parts of your body so it is comfortable. It should be stimulating enough to increase circulation, but also gentle on your skin (you should see at most a rosy flush to the areas you’ve brushed).
- Once you’ve brushed your entire body (typically takes a minimum of 3 minutes), jump in the shower.
- After getting out of the shower, apply our AFTER oil to lock in moisture.
It is recommended that brushing is done on dry skin pre-showering. However, sometimes wet is easier and less scratchy and you can do it immediately after a bath/shower before towel drying. It is up to you which one fits into your routine easier – both offer amazing benefits!