What is dry brushing?
Also known as body brushing, dry brushing is when you use a brittle brush in a sweeping movement over your body, working your way from your feet towards your heart, said to help increase blood flow and many other benefits along with it. Its a relaxing simple way to add a bit more self love into your day, and feels seriously good have a hard work out.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
- Increases circulation
- Stimulates the lymphatic system
- Aids digestion
- Eases sore muscles
- Relaxing addition to self care routine
- Improves the appearance of cellulite
How to dry brush
starting from your feet work your way brushing up towards your heart int he sweeping movement, making your way to your stomach, sweeping in an anti-clockwise direction, then your arms, the same as your legs sweeping towards your heart.
How often should you dry brush?
Personally I dry brush before every shower or bath, which is roughly every other day. However some people will do it every morning or every night. this all depends on why you are dry brushing and how dry or sensitive you skin is.
Does dry brushing have any side effects?
There have been reports of people saying dry brushing can irritate their skin, for a lot of people this won’t be an issue, however if you have a history of sensitive skin, or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis I would definitely advice to be cautions using an exfoliating technique such as dry brushing. Instead to still get benefits such as increased circulation, improving cellulite and easing sore muscles, try doing self massage with a oil or lotion you know won’t flare your skin. If you are using a skin treatment cream for a skin condition,take the time to practice self massage whenever you are applying it, you can also use this as a mindfulness and gratitude practice, by listing reasons you are grateful for your body while you massage (this is great for someone feeling resentful towards their skin condition or other body ailment).
Its also worth noting even if you regularly dry brush with no side effects do not dry brush over any new rashes, wounds, sunburn or irritation, give them time to heal before continuing with your routine.
Dry brushes to get you started
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