Recently, I’ve been posting about the many benefits of the lymphatic system and the foods you should eat to maximize it, but today I want to shift gears and talk about dry brushing your skin.
There are countless dry skin brushing benefits, and because your skin is your largest organ, it is important to nourish it. Dry brushing is one way to do that. Here’s what you need to know about dry brushing and a few benefits that might convince you its time to buy your very own brush.
What is Dry Brushing?
At its core, dry brushing is a technique to exfoliate your skin. You will need a dry brush, typically one with all-natural bristles strong enough to stimulate your circulatory system. The process is simple, you brush your skin in circular movements towards your heart.
Now, let’s jump into the many dry skin brushing benefits with the top five benefits.
Dry brushing engages your nervous system which in turn helps vamp up your muscle tone. It does this by stimulating muscle fibers. Dry brushing also improves circulation which gives your muscles oxygen-rich blood and that builds muscle and aids with toning. This is a great benefit if you’ve recently lost weight and have loose skin.
Aids in Digestion
Similar to how it improves muscle tone, dry brushing also stimulates your circulatory system. And your digestion system relies on proper circulation to process nutrients and deliver them to the right places in your body. If you struggle with digestive issues, then dry brushing could be your ticket to better health.
Boosts Your Immune System
Another benefit of dry skin brushing is an immune system boost. Invigorating your circulatory system also engages your lymphatic system. This, in turn, helps detox your body. As you detox, your immune system is strengthened, and you are healthier for it.
Of course, some people like dry skin brushing to reduce stress. Even if you’re not concerned with the larger dry skin brushing benefits, you might want to give it a try to reduce the stress you feel on a physiological level. Per the name of my blog and my profession as a massage therapist, I believe in the power of touch to truly heal you. This simple technique can prove it to you.
On the other hand, if you’re thinking about dry brushing to get rid of cellulite, it’s equally as powerful. Once again, the act of dry brushing stimulates your circulatory system which can help tone your muscles. As this happens, you reduce cellulite and achieve that beautiful toned and firm look on any area of your body.
How to Get Started with Dry Brushing
First, buy yourself an organic brush, preferably with a long handle. Then, undress and use long sweeping motions to start brushing your skin. Brush towards your heart for the greatest benefits and to go in the direction of your lymph system. Avoid brushing too hard in sensitive areas. Do this for about 10 minutes then shower. You can also alternate from hot to cool to amp up the power of your session.
And there you have it! Dry skin brushing in a nutshell.
Have questions about how it works or want to pair it with a lymphatic massage? Then reach out to me directly to schedule your first lymphatic massage session.