I went to a store recently and one of the first things that came to me was a body brush. It’s something I’ve always wanted to use but never got around to getting.
The first thing that comes to your head when you see a body brush is exfoliation, the removal of dry dead cells to reveal new skin. So, naturally I quickly went over my skin with the dry brush. But, I had other ideas. The plan was to displace my regular sponge for a body brush. Which means that I’ll probably be exfoliating on a daily basis. I did not mind at all. I used this for about a few days until I read about ‘dry body brushing’.
But what exactly is dry brushing and what makes it so ‘special’?
According to Kora Organics,
Dry body brushing is a traditional natural health practice, which involves brushing over the skin dry, followed by a shower or bath. Many dry-body brushing benefits are not necessarily visible… My clients tell me they feel energized after brushing and the reason for that is body brushing stimulates our circulatory system. Dry body brushing stimulates the connective tissue attached to the capillaries sitting under the skin, to improve circulation traveling to the heart. It also assists the lymphatic flow around the body. The lymph relies on muscle movement to pass through the body so if you are not an active person, dry body brushing is a wonderful tool to stimulate the lymph flow so that you are ridding the body of waste and toxins daily.
Aha! That explains all of the sensations I’ve been getting after wet body brushing. Initially, I got weirded out but eventually my body got used to it. Now, that I am educated I’m going to change my ways. But before doing so, what exactly are the benefits? What makes it different from the regular sponge?
Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.
Exfoliation and Clean Pores
Dry brushing is one of the simplest and easiest ways to exfoliate. Like I said earlier, when I used it, that was the first thing I noticed. I might have to put my body scrubs on hold for now. Of course, while exfoliating, you’re also clearing the pores to get rid of oil, dirt, and residue.
Increased Energy and Blood Flow
This probably explains the sensation I feel after showing. Dry brushing increases circulation and energy.
Now, that we know the benefits, what is the right way to use it? It is important to choose a firm, natural bristle brush when selecting a dry brush. Also, the longer the handle, the better. Mine has a long handle which is great for my back. Also, I do not have to put too much effort in it. When you’ve gotten yours, the directions are pretty straightforward.
- Start on dry skin before bathing.
- Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
- Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
- Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.
- After you’ve finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back, and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over the inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer.
- Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
See? Piece of cake! I’ll probably share a progress report after a couple of months.
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