Dry brushing is something that I had never really considered trying before. But a few months after a major surgery that I had last year I began experiencing some symptoms that I felt might be related to my lymphatic system. I did a little research and came across dry brushing!
WHAT IS DRY BRUSHING?
Dry brushing is a regimen of using a coarse brush against dry skin to potentially reap some amazing benefits for your body. Keep reading to find out about all the benefits dry brushing has to offer!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Dry brushing has many benefits including:
Exfoliate and Unclog Pores
Dry brushing helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. It helps to give the skin a smoother appearance and may even reduce the appearance of cellulite if performed on a regular basis!
Stimulate Blood Flow and Increase Circulation
One of the responsibilities of the circulatory system is to carry waste to the surface of the skin where it’s released through your pores and sweat glands. Dry brushing can help to stimulate better circulation, which in turn helps promote the body’s natural detoxification process!
Promote Lymph Flow and Drainage
Your lymphatic system plays a crucial role in your health. It circulates “lymph” throughout your body and helps to eliminate waste and toxins. It then carries this fluid, along with the waste and toxins, to your lymph nodes where they are eventually flushed out.
But things like surgery and infection, for example, can cause disruptions to our lymphatic system.
If lymph nodes are disturbed during surgery, it can cause issues with their ability to drain that fluid. This is what I felt I was experiencing after mine.
The lymphatic system lies right beneath the skin so dry brushing can be a great natural way to target issues with lymph flow! The stimulation can help redirect the fluid where it needs to go so that it can be eliminated by the body.
(Obviously, always consult your doctor to make sure nothing more serious is going on first!)
Stimulate the Nervous System
Dry brushing also stimulates the nervous system. This can create a “psychological” response and help you to feel more energized and invigorated!
HOW TO “DRY BRUSH”
Dry brushing should always be done right before you shower, typically 1-3 times per week. You may want to start with once per week and work your way up so that your body can get used to the brushing and not become irritated.
Start at your feet and work your way up your lower body using long sweeping motions. Always brush upward toward your heart.
On your torso and back, use circular clockwise motions. Be gentle on this area because it can be sensitive, especially on the neck and chest.
If you find that any area is becoming red or irritated try decreasing the pressure or take a break and try again in a few days.
After you finish your dry brushing routine, take a warm shower before applying a body oil or lotion to replenish any lost moisture.
WHO SHOULDN’T DRY BRUSH?
Almost anyone can give dry brushing a try but there are a few exceptions.
Individuals who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or other skin conditions should not attempt dry brushing. Those with extremely sensitive skin may also find that it’s just too intense for them.
Never attempt dry brushing on broken or irritated skin.
If you have any concerns about whether or not dry brushing is for you, consult with a dermatologist or your medical provider.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT BRUSH
First of all, make sure you choose a brush that contains natural bristles like boar’s hair or vegetable fiber. Brushes with nylon or synthetic bristles tend to be too rough and they can cause damage to your skin.
For the body, a medium to firm brush is recommended, depending on what you prefer. It may take some trial and error to find one that is right for you.
Dry brushing should never hurt so if it does you probably need a softer brush. On the other hand, you should also feel like it’s “doing something” during the process. If you feel like your dry brush isn’t doing anything for you, then you may need one that is a bit firmer.
If you choose to also perform dry brushing on your face, then you will likely need a separate softer brush. For a lot of people though, the skin on their face is just too delicate.
If you’re interested in giving dry brushing a try check out my recommendations below!
My dry brushing recommendations:
*The medical/health information above is provided for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. Accordingly, before taking any actions based upon such information, we encourage you to consult with the appropriate professionals.