Dry brushing has been used for thousands of years for its powerful detoxifying and rejuvenating properties. It has been traced back to several ancient cultures including Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, Japan and several Native American Indian tribes. By stimulating the skin you can boost blood flow, lymphatic drainage and toxin elimination for better body health and performance. Best of all this potent practice is incredibly easy to incorporate into your morning routine. It only takes a 3-5 minutes before you hop in the shower, or while you’re in the sauna.
A third of your body’s toxins are flushed out through the skin and dry unclogs and exfoliates pores to allow toxins to pass through freely instead of becoming trapped. Dry brushing also stimulates the lymphatic system which some say is at the core of its effectiveness. Your lymphatic system is responsible for collecting and transporting waste to the blood – the better it functions, the better you can process and eliminate toxins. Aside from internal benefits, it’s also a soothing routine that can help connect your body and mind before the day begins.
How to dry-brush
- Start at the bottom up and work your way up, always brushing toward the heart. Avoid sensitive areas or anywhere the skin is broken. Use circular strokes on the stomach and joints and long sweeping strokes on the arms and legs using lighter pressure where the skin is more delicate.
- When you finish, hop in the shower. For an extra boost, finish your shower by alternating between hot and cold water to stimulate your circulation and further invigorate your system.
- Finish the practice by moisturizing all over with your favorite body oil.
Opt for a natural brush with a long handle so you can reach every part of your body. You want a brush with bristles hard enough to stimulate circulation so they have to be firm – stay away from soft nylon. Cactus or vegetable-derived bristles are the best. Deep clean your brush by soaking it in an antibacterial wash and hot water. Whether it’s the energizing feeling that runs through your body or the smoothing action of the brush – after a week of daily dry brushing, we guarantee you’ll be a convert.