Taylor Jenan

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Dry Brushing 101

Dry Brushing 101

dry brush 101

I love practicing daily habits that benefit not only my health, but also my appearance. Dry brushing is one of those activities that promotes healthy and beautiful skin. It is such a simple technique, and yet it offers so many health benefits, that it is really worth taking the time out of your day to do. Today I wanted to share all the benefits of this practice and how you can start dry brushing today!

Benefits

  • Exfoliates - One of the most obvious benefits of dry brushing is how it exfoliates the skin. The firm pressure of the brush, combined with the circular motions helps to remove the outer layer of dead skin, while promoting the growth of new skin cells. Dry brushing daily can help to promote glowing, radiant, and silky smooth skin.
  • Stimulates Lymphatic System - The circular motions of the dry brush on the skin helps to promote a healthier flow through the bodies lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps to filter out toxins and waste from the body, which helps promote overall health and better functioning of the bodies systems.
  • Relaxes - Having a set time every day that is dedicated to pampering and taking care of yourself can be extremely relaxing. Its always nice to know that you are doing something that is really good for you and makes you feel good too!
  • Reduces Cellulite - It is thought that dry brushing can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite, as it improves blood flow and promotes the elimination of waste. 
  • Help Reduce Bumps and Ingrown Hairs - Because dry brushing helps to remove the top layer of dead skin, it also helps to get ride of unsightly bumps and ingrown hairs.
  • It's Energizing - Many people experience a feeling of energy and invigoration after dry brushing. By increasing the blood flow in the body, dry brushing can give off a sense of energy that can last you throughout the day.

How to do it?

Starting at the feet, begin to work the brush on the skin in circular motions, always moving towards the heart. Continue working your way up the legs, torso, arms and neck, then work your way to the back of the body. Be careful when brushing over more delicate areas of skin and avoid brushing the face, unless you have a special brush specifically made for it. It is best to use to dry brush right before showering, that way you can wash off all the dead skin it has removed. It's also nice to dry brush at night, followed by an Epsom salt bath, which helps the nutrients of the bath to absorb even better into the skin. Remember to always follow your dry brushing session with moisturizer.

What you'll need

A firm, natural bristle dry brush. Check out the links below to see some great natural brushes in different styles. 

Hope you enjoyed this brief introduction to dry brushing. Comment below with any other healthy practice that you'd like to learn more about.

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