Dry body brushing is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to promote better circulation and lymphatic drainage.
It is exactly what it sounds like and is essentially brushing your dry skin using a firm, dry brush all over the body to exfoliate dead skin cells, stimulate blood circulation, and awaken the lymphatic system, which is responsible for removing toxins from the body.
This ritual is a simple, easy, and inexpensive way to supplement your health, appearance and overall wellbeing.
In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of dry body brushing and how to do it properly. By the end, you’ll be well on your way to softer, brighter skin.
what is dry body brushing?
The practice involves using a firm natural bristle brush to gently massage the skin in a circular motion. This process helps to slough off dead skin cells, improve circulation, and promotes the release of toxins from the body.
Dry body brushing is an easy and affordable way to improve your skin health. The best time to dry body brush is before your shower or bath, as this will help to soften the skin and make the brushing process more effective.
Be sure to use firm, circular motions when body brushing to awaken the nervous system and get circulation moving, however avoid scrubbing or applying too much pressure to the skin.
the benefits of dry body brushing
exfoliate dead skin cells
When you dry brush your skin, you are exfoliating the dirt, oil and dead skin cells that have built up over the course of the day. With increased exfoliation, we increase our cell turnover leading to more radiant and smooth skin.
stimulate blood circulation
Circulation is the process of the heart pumping blood around the body. Good circulation is vital to a person’s health because it ensures that oxygen and nutrients are delivered to all the cells in the body. Additionally, good circulation helps to remove waste products from the body. Although circulation is largely an automatic process, there are some ways to assist this process and dry body brushing is one of our favourites.
Body brushing helps to improve circulation by increasing blood flow to the skin. When the blood vessels are dilated, more blood can reach the skin's surface. This can help to nourish the skin and give it a healthy glow.
promotes lymphatic drainage.
Once body's circulation is activated it also supplements your lymphatic system. This is because the act of body brushing and activating your circulation helps to move the lymphatic fluid around the body. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes that helps to remove toxins and waste from the body. When this system is working properly, it helps to keep the skin looking healthy and clear.
How to dry body brush
- Do it before the shower preferably in the morning as it has energizing and awakening properties
- Start at your feet and move up your body.
- Brush your skin towards your heart using wide, circular, clockwise motions.
- Use light pressure in areas where your skin is thin and harder pressure on thicker skin, like the soles of your feet.
- Brush your arms after you have brushed your feet, legs, and mid-section.
- After dry brushing, take a cool shower to help remove the dry skin
- After your shower, dry off and then consider adding AYU Carnal Oil or a Geranium Body Oil
In conclusion, dry body brushing is a great way to exfoliate your skin and improve circulation. It can also help your skin tone, texture and even reduce the appearance cellulite. To get the most benefit from dry body brushing, try incorporating it into your weekly bath and body routine.