Heard of dry brushing?
I finally got on the bandwagon about six months ago. I saw it trending and kind of sat on it awhile. Sometimes I do that. Until I feel compelled to give it a go. The reality is that dry brushing is a super simple little rhythm to work into your life, and it can provide big benefits! Not to mention -- healthy, radiant skin. And it's a health investment that doesn't cost much. All you really need is a dry brush and some quality oil or lotion to rub on after your bath or shower.
SO, why do we need to get our dry brush on?
I'll go though some benefits here below.
LYMPH SUPPORT & DETOX
A major component of our immune system is the lymphatic system, which is composed of organs and lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many lymph vessels run just below the skin. Dry brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body, which helps the body detoxify itself naturally.
We need the lymphatic system functioning optimally, because when its blocked -- we get toxic buildup in tissues. For skin this could mean blemishes, rashes and other skin irritations. These simple brush strokes stimulate lymph flow, flush out toxins and ultimately stimulate the immune system -- which supports our overall health and increases energy levels. Lymphatic drainage is especially helpful for radiant skin as well.
CIRCULATION & NOURISHMENT
Of course we need circulation -- the movement of our blood -- to keep us alive and well! Our circulatory system is what provides all of the vital nutrients and oxygen to our entire body. It also pushes waste and toxins out! When circulation is stagnant, serious issues can arise for our cells, organ functions, energy and just general whole health. And we all know that our skin is our largest organ, and it also is the last to get nutrients. Dry brushing provides a boost of blood flow to our skin to keep it nourished! As well as vibrant. When we increase our blood flow -- we see a better glow. ;)
EXFOLIATION & SHINE
Dry brushing is the process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over our skin, which helps to loosen and remove those dead skin cells. This exfoliation not only feels amazing, but also allows for softer, more vibrant skin. Additionally, the process allow
s for clearing oil, dirt, and residue from the pores. I promise- my skin legit looks better after I dry brush, shower and use my body oil.
HOW TO DRY BRUSH:
Before showering, begin dry brushing at your feet and brush upwards with gentle, short strokes – always towards your heart (where the lymph system drains).
Brush in a counterclockwise direction over your belly (this can help to improve digestion!) and then brush from your hands (starting at palms) to your heart.
To finish, brush down toward your underarms to help flush out toxins + improve lymph drainage. Always use light pressure – the point isn’t to scrub off your skin, but to gently, effectively get blood + lymphatic fluid moving.
After showering, apply body oil or lotion to enjoy your skin’s glow and your new found energy.
A few other tips:
*Dry brushing can be done daily over the whole body.
*Start with a gentle brush and soft pressure.
*Work up to a firmer brush and more firm pressure over time.
*Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. Your skin may be pink after dry brushing, but it should not be red! And if it hurts, use less pressure or consider a softer brush.
*Wash the brush regularly to remove the dead skin cells.
*If you have very sensitive skin, use a very gentle brush and brush softly.
Here is the Primally Pure dry brush that I use and love.
If you want more options, including a softer face brush, I would recommend a dry brush kit like this from Amazon. It has the gentle face brush and a long back brush, which would be super helpful! Another way to really treat yourself would be to get the Primally Pure Spa Kit! It comes with the dry brush, body oil, sea soak salts, bath flowers and an organic bag to use for storage or traveling. If you don't have an all natural, clean, organic lotion that you are using, I'd recommend the Primally Pure body oil or body butter (this is a thicker, more moisturizing option). Beautycounter also has very clean and quality creams -- message me on Instagram (@awholehealthlife) for information on that!
Here is the link to the Primally Pure Blue Tansy Body Oil. How beautiful is that? I currently am using the Primally Pure Jasmine Body Oil and the Almond Vanilla Body Butter. I use the body oil more often, but I love having the cream around for when my skin feels really dry. They both smell heavenly. I like to alternate between the two.
Do you dry brush? If not, give it a try!
When you do, let me know! I'd love to hear what you are loving about it.
Happy dry brushing friends.
I promise, you won't regret it.
Detox, exfoliate and shine!