Everything You Need To Know About Dry Brushing... And Then Some.
Many of you have probably heard of dry brushing. Some of you may already be doing this easy and beneficial holistic practice, but for those of you who are asking “What is this dry brushing you speak of?” here’s the skinny…
Dry brushing is a type of Ayurvedic medicine (you read that right… medicine) that has been around and practiced for centuries. Although there is little scientific evidence to support the benefits of this age-old practice, there have been countless personal testaments of its healing advantages.
This technique works by lightly brushing the skin in a particular pattern starting from the toes all the way up your body. The idea is that the coarse fibers will help to remove dead skin and improve the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins through the pores. While dry brushing may not cure all your ailments here are some of the benefits you can take advantage of:
Exfoliation. This gets rid of dirt and oil as well as dead skin cells. The result is increased cell turnover and more radiant, smooth skin.
Lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system helps your body fight off infections. When you are exposed to a lot of toxins the lymph nodes back up and become clogged. Dry brushing helps the body release toxins through sweat. The coarse bristles on the brush stimulate the pores and open them up. This makes it easier for the body to sweat and this reduces the amount of toxins in the lymphatic system.
Boosts circulation. After dry brushing skin will turn red, this is slight inflammation as a result of increased circulation. Your body is pushing more blood to those areas.
Relaxation. Similar to massage, gentle dry brushing stimulates relaxation.
Cellulite. Dry brushing plumps the skin helping to reduce the “cottage cheese” appearance that cellulite gives.
Dry brushing is not difficult, but it’s best to start with a soft bristle brush and use light pressure. As your skin becomes used to this technique you can increase the pressure. It is also important to note that you can’t simply brush your skin straight up your body. Here are 6 easy steps to correct brushing:
Make sure your skin is completely dry and start at your feet.
Move up your body using wide, circular, clockwise motions.
Apply a little more pressure to areas where your skin thicker like the soles of your feet.
After you have brushed your feet, legs, and mid-section brush your arms and move upward towards your armpits.
Take a lukewarm shower to help remove the dry skin. This step is optional but feels great if you brush at night and helps to put you in a more relaxed state.
After your shower, dry off and then consider using one of our Satins or natural plant oil, such as olive or coconut oil, to moisturize your skin.
You will need to avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken. Stay away from brushing areas that have rashes, cuts, wounds, or are infected.
There are several types of brushes to choose from. Long handles, short handles, handheld, vegan bristles, hard bristles, soft bristles, copper bristles, and more. The important thing to remember is to start with a brush that you feel is most comfortable on your skin. You can always adjust as you become more comfortable and accustom to dry brushing. Of course, we always support and encourage using vegan brushes, but you need to find the right fit for you.
Love & light to you and your skin!
Tara Raj, CPC, ACC, CNWC
Co-Owner & Creator of Earth’s Farmacy
Earth’s gift to you!