Your skin is the largest organ in your body that also happens to be the largest organ of elimination as well. Your body eliminates 1/3 of toxins through the skin. Dry brushing helps to unclog pores and aid in the excretion of toxins that become trapped in the skin. I love it because it makes my skin feel soft and smooth and revitalizes me but there is a lot more happening beneath the surface. I have a “dry brush” I bought at Whole Foods a long time ago but, I actually don’t use it as much as I use the “scrub gloves”. I will typically use it once a day or every other day just before showering.
The practice of skin brushing the skin daily with a soft but firm brush (or gloves) is essential during a cleanse or detox of any kind simply because it boost circulation, removes dead skin cells, stimulate the lymph nodes, improves digestion, improvs the appearance of cellulite and help the cells in your body purge waste and toxins. The lymphatic system is responsible for collecting, transporting and eliminating the waste in our cells. When the lymphatic system is congested it can lead to inflammation due to a build up of toxins. Of course you can adapt this as a daily routine (which I have) to keep maintaining the benefits and the beautiful feel of your skin.
You start at your feet using firm, small strokes upward or in a circular motion and work your way up toward your heart. The chest is where the lymph drains. Similar to your feet, when you do your arms you start at your hands and work your way up to your chest. When I use the brush I do strokes but when I use the gloves I do circular motions. Make sure you are not pressing hard when doing the exfoliation. Exfoliation should be gentle and your skin should never be scratched or damaged. Try a different brush if that is the case.
For the more sensitive areas be kind and delicate. Your stomach should be done in a counterclockwise motion to stimulate digestion. Now, for the face, you have to be super duper gentle here. I suggest picking up a brush designed specifically for the face. Working upward motions on both face and neck and moisturize with a face oil afterward.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
- Lymphatic Support: The lymphatic system is a huge part of the body’s immune system. Many claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.
- Exfoliation: The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. I noticed a difference pretty much right after doing it just once. Dry brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin.
- Clean Pores: The added benefit of exfoliating the skin, is clearing dirt and residue from the pores. Though it isn’t recommended to dry brush the face unless you have a special, more delicate brush, dry brushing helps improve pores on the rest of the body.
- Cellulite Help: There isn’t much research to back the cellulite claims, but dry brushing feels great and makes skin softer anyhow. One thing that does happen is by dry brushing you are stimulating your circulation. By doing this more oxygen is transported to the cells and breaks up the congested tissues. This could in turn help smooth out the "bumps" in the skin as the tissues below become more cared for by the increased circulation and massaging action.
- Increased Energy and Blood Flow: One of the reasons why I love to do it in the morning is because it gives me a boost of energy. It increases circulation as well. Sometimes I even like to do a cold shower first to stimulate the circulation even more.
In a Nutshell:
Here’s what I do:
- Every (or every other) morning I hop in the shower and starting at my feet, I brush the bottom of my feet and then tops and go all the way around working my way up my legs. I go over the same area about 4 or 5 times.
- Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart. Again, I brush each section of skin 4 or 5 times.
- I then repeat the process on my abdomen, any delicate areas and my face with a more gentle brush/glove or lighter strokes….although most days I skip the face and do a regular exfoliation instead.
Note: Make sure you are not brushing hard! A soft and smooth stroke works best. My skin is definitely a little pinkish but never hurts or is scratched. Then I finish with some coconut oil and some lavender or rose oil.
I dedicate about 5 minutes or so to the brushing. Try it for 30 days and see the results!