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DRY BRUSHING 101
I started dry brushing several years ago after learning about it in school. The immediate benefits of soft, glowing skin and feeling instantly revitalized and alive keeps it at the top of my must-do’s for self care. It might be the simplest and least expensive self care ritual you can add to your routine. By spending just a couple minutes each morning dry brushing you will:
- increase circulation
- boost cell renewal by sloughing away dead skin cells
- stimulate lymphatic system (aid's in natural detoxification)
- enjoy noticeably softer, smoother skin
- stimulate your cells and increase your energy
How to choose a brush:
Look for a firm, natural boar bristled brush. I recommend one with a handle to easily reach your back and feet. You can find a quality brush at most stores and of course online.
Here’s are a couple good ones I recommend:
How to dry brush:
The technique of dry brushing is like it sounds. Brushing dry skin. However, to get the full benefits of dry brushing you’ll want to do it this way:
Brush daily before you shower in the morning and follow up with a clean, nourishing body oil or lotion (be extra indulgent and add essential oils!).
Use gentle pressure. The bristles are firm and the sensation might be intense at first. You’ll want to avoid scratching or scraping your skin; It shouldn't be painful.
Making long, sweeping movements upwards from your feet towards your groin area. From your hands inward toward your underarms. Use the diagram below as a guide. Listen to your body and do what feels best. Brush each section up to 10 times, always working toward your lymph nodes.
A note about lymph:
Your lymph system is one of the most unappreciated systems in our bodies. It is constantly working to clear toxins and debris from our bodies. Wearing tight clothes and being sedentary are two things that have a big impact on our lymph systems. I learned this the hard way after getting super sick after a long road trip and suffering with a huge swollen lymph node in my neck. It took dry brushing several times a day, drinking dandelion tea and applying castor oil packs to get my lymph system functioning properly again. Now, I always bring a dry brush when i’m traveling and take time to stretch and move for 10 minutes after every 50 minutes of inactivity.
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