Dry Brushing: An Easy and Relaxing Way to Stimulate & Invigorate

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Benefits of Dry Brushing

Dry brushing exfoliates the skin

Cleans pores by removing built up dead skin (if you are going to dry-brush the face, be sure to use one made specifically for facial skin they tend to be smaller and much softer)

May help treat/prevent cellulite:

Relaxing. Most things that involve pampering are relaxing and dry brushing is no exception. Not only are you physically helping your body to be healthier but the simple act of doing something beneficial for the body has psychological benefits as well. Just like we get down on ourselves when we eat a lot of junk, we can also become more optimistic and self-loving when we are mindful and kind to our bodies.

Increases blood flow. Dry brushing increases blood flow and though there is not yet any research supporting it, there is a theory that because it increases blood flow it may increase energy levels. If this is true, it would still depend on the individual.

Lymphatic Support: Dry brushing helps to stimulate lymph flow allowing the body to detox. Lymph is a fluid that moves through the entire body and carries our white blood cells, or “immunity cells.” If you’ve had an infection your doc may have told you that your white blood cell count was up-this is because they were trying to fight off the intruder.

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What to Look for In a Dry Brush

An ergonomic design. You want to be able to reach everywhere comfortably

Make sure it is dense and firm enough to allow for proper pressure

Opt for natural fibres over plastics. Natural feels better on the skin. There are a variety of dry brushes to pick from such as a sisal type brush (in my pictures) or bristled brushes

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How To Do It

For the sake of thoroughness, get naked

Start at your feet and move upwards in long motions. It is recommended to brush towards the heart

Be firm but not too firm. The goal is to invigorate and stimulate, not destroy the skin

Do the entire body at least once daily

Try dry brushing for at least a month.

 

9 thoughts on “Dry Brushing: An Easy and Relaxing Way to Stimulate & Invigorate

    1. I know what you mean about some being quite rough. I found good sisals at Herbs and Nutrition on Bloor. I also really like bristled ones and find that they’re generally the softer of the two and the bristles soften even more with use.

        1. I personally find natural bristles less rough than sisal dry brushes-maybe it’s the particular ones I’ve come across. Health food shops and some pharmacies carry both kinds; it’s just a matter of preference and finding a keeper I guess :).

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