Dry brushing, also known as skin brushing, has many skin benefits like buffing away dead skin cells to boost your skin’s glow and supporting lymph drainage. The best part is that you don’t need any expensive products or a ton of time to achieve results.
Dry brushing got its start in Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic healing system that’s been practiced in India for over 3,000 years. Today, dry brushing is a popular way to manually exfoliate the skin and promote lymphatic drainage.
- To do it yourself, start at your feet and dry brush upward toward the heart.
- Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upward or work in a circular motion.
- For the stomach, dry brush in a clockwise direction.
- A dry brush with a long handle allows you to get at hard-to-reach spots like the middle of your back; Once detached the shorter part fits in your hand easily for all other areas.
Can you dry brush your face?
Some dry brushes are soft enough to use on your face but generally, dry brushing is too abrasive for delicate facial skin learn about jade rolling if you’re interested in stimulating lymph drainage and blood circulation on your sensitive skin.
BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING
- Dry brushing helps exfoliate away dull, dead skin cells on the surface to reveal smoother, softer skin.
- In Ayurveda, dry brushing is traditionally used to rid the body of ama (toxins built up in the body) and stimulate the lymphatic system. There is little research on dry brushing stimulating the lymphatic system. If you try dry brushing, you’re likely to agree that it feels fantastic and has a way of waking up your whole self—body and spirit.
Increased circulation and blood flow:
- Dry brushing can help promote local circulation to invigorate and refresh the skin.