Dry body brushing is a traditional Ayurvedic ritual. It is a refreshing way to begin the day, as well as an effective evening ritual to brush away the day’s accumulated stress, tension, and toxins.
Dry body brushing improves circulation travelling to the heart and also assists the lymphatic flow around the body. It is a perfect way to stimulate the lymph flow to help rid the body of waste and toxins daily. It is also an inexpensive and very great for reducing the appearance of unwanted cellulite and to give you all over glowing skin.
As soon as I wake up I head to the bathroom, and start brushing away. Once you start doing this for at least a week every morning it will become a habit and easily part of your early morning routine – It’s so worth it to set your alarm clock 10 minutes earlier.
There are loads of benefits of dry body brushing and I have listed the main ones below:
- Lymphatic Drainage
The lymphatic system is important for removing waste and toxins from our body, by transporting them to the bloodstream ready for elimination. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can cause inflammation and illness. By stimulating your lymphatic system it helps to release toxins and aids in detoxification.
- Makes Your Skin Glow
Our skin is the largest organ in the body so it is important we take care of it. Dry body brushing exfoliates dead skin cells, which improves the skin texture, open the pores and allows the skin to breathe. It also tightens and tones the skin and leaves you feeling invigorated with smooth, glowing skin.
- Increases Circulation
Dry body brushing increases circulation to the skin, encouraging your body to release of metabolic wastes. Increased blood flow will start to enter the areas brushed which in turn will make you feel more energized and refreshed. Stimulating the circulation can also prevent varicose veins.
- Reduces Cellulite
Dry body brushing helps to soften those fatty areas underneath the skin and that along with removing toxins can reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Stress Relief
Dry body brushing can help reduce muscle tension, calms the mind and can brush away all of that accumulated stress and tension. I like to do it in a quiet space away from any distractions. I feel as though I have had a light relaxing massage once I have finished.
How to do it:
- First you will need a dry brush like the one photographed. Look out for a plant bristle dry brush – they are the highest quality and don’t scratch the skin. Try to find one with a long handle so you can reach your entire back. Most local health food stores should sell them.
- Always dry brush before your shower as you will want to wash off the dead skin as a result from exfoliating afterwards. The ultimate thing to do when ending your shower is to finish off with 3 hot and cold cycles, (changing from quite hot to quite cold every 5 seconds) ending with a cold cycle to further stimulate the blood circulation.
- Start by brushing your dry body starting from your toes up to your chest, back and stomach. – Avoid brushing your face, breasts and genital areas. Work your strokes from left to right and always brush towards your heart for greater circulation and lymphatic flow. When coming to your fingers and toes you can brush back and forth.
- The perfect pressure while dry body brushing should be firm but it shouldn’t hurt. It is normal if your skin is pink afterwards but not red and irritated.
- Dry body brushing should be done every day (preferably first thing in the morning) to see results. You can do it for as long as you like but try to range from at least 5-15 minutes. The longer you spend doing it the better the results.
- Clean your brush with hot soapy water once a week to get rid of all of the accumulated dry skin and to avoid the risk of a bacterial infection. After washing your brush, place in a sunny spot to dry and to prevent mildew.
- Do not brush over cuts, sores, inflamed skin, sunburn or varicose veins.
- Seek doctor’s advice before dry brushing if pregnant.
- If an allergic reaction appears, stop brushing.
- Avoid dry brushing in an active cancer state.