We’re big fans of the latest and greatest wellness trends here at TBN. From trying new supplements and serums, to incorporating more ACV into our diets, there’s an abundance of practices you can do here and there to improve your overall health and well-being.
The most recent wellness practice to grasp my attention is dry brushing. Dry brushing has been around for centuries and is used by many different cultures as a detox method that helps stimulate the lymphatic system. Quick science refresher: the lymphatic system is a network of vessels and organs through which the body gets rid of toxins and other unwanted substances. It’s an important part of your immune system and is stimulated by exercise and you guessed it –– dry brushing.
How to Dry Brush
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like. You take a body brush made of wood and natural bristles, and… swipe it all over your body. This may sound a bit uncomfortable, but once you incorporate it into your routine, you will get used to the feeling and learn to love it.
When dry brushing, start from your feet and ankles and brush up towards the top of your body. It’s helpful to use a brush with a longer handle for harder to reach areas like your back. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system which is directly connected to your heart. When in doubt, brush towards your heart. There are specific areas of the body where you should brush in circular motions, like the stomach and chest areas. Keep the direction you’re brushing in mind. We recommend swiping up because you want to be working to improve your body’s blood circulation.
Dry brushing is best suited for the morning, as it is incredibly energizing. It’s also best done before a shower so you can wash off any dead skin cells left behind. After your shower, be sure to moisturize with a natural, non toxic oil or lotion. Dry brushing helps your body absorb products better so only use the best ingredients for your skin. Your pores will drink it up and you’ll feel super fresh and ready to go!
The practice may seem awkward at first as you are running a bristle brush across bare skin, but the benefits outweigh the initial discomfort. By taking 10 minutes a day to dry brush, you’re incorporating a healthy habit into your routine that has a slew of positive benefits.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
Once you have established a good habit of dry brushing, you will start to experience the therapeutic and detoxifying effects it has on your body. Not only does the technique facilitate lymphatic drainage, it unclogs pores, exfoliates, and keeps your skin plump which reduces the appearance of cellulite.
Cellulite can be a stubborn issue, especially for those of us that lead healthy and active lifestyles. If you notice that you have areas of your body prone to fat deposits, try dry brushing to increase blood flow to the areas and flush out toxins. While you won’t get rid of cellulite completely, you will uncover firmer and smoother skin!
As mentioned before, the most important aspect of dry brushing is that it increases your body’s blood circulation. Blood circulation is one of the most important functions in the human body and it can be hard to evaluate your own circulation without knowing how to recognize issues. Some signs of poor circulation include dry skin, brittle nails, and thinning hair. If you’re constantly getting massages, doing yoga, and gulping down water, you should have great circulation. To take it to the next level, add dry brushing to your daily routine. It kills multiple birds with one stone and feels great.
While you may be used to exfoliating your face, body exfoliation is just as important and will give you an all over glow. Dry brushing is the perfect way to achieve all over exfoliation, as it removes dead skin cells and allows new cells to form. Through exfoliation, you will also avoid wrinkles and fine lines due to the overall resurfacing that occurs when the skin is stimulated by the dry brush bristles. Your body will thank you once you start dry brushing regularly!
Here are some dry brush essentials for you to get started:
Do you dry brush or do you plan dry brushing in the near future? Let us know in the comments section below.