Dry Brushing 101

Today’s self-care exercise will require:

  • 1 dry brush ($10-20)
This practice will benefit you:
  • Physically
Dry Brushing 101
Following our Ayurvedic theme, this week I want to introduce you to dry brushing (also called “skin brushing” or “body brushing”). This is a self-care practice that promotes the health of our skin (and so much more). Did you know that our skin is actually the largest organ in our body? Yes, that’s right, I’m here to inform you that your skin is an organ. More specifically, it’s an organ of elimination. (Approximately one-third of our body’s toxins are excreted through the skin!) This is big news, and one reason that we should really value the health of our skin. An easy way to do that is through dry brushing.

When purchasing a brush, you have several options. Rather than getting the gloves or the short-handled brush, I recommend you buy one of the brushes that has a long handle (this will make it easier to get to those hard-to-reach parts of your back). Once you’ve made that initial purchase (about $10-20 at Walmart or on Amazon), you’ll be all set.

Since you want to be both nude (clothes get in the way) and in a tub (dead skin might be flying) while you’re dry brushing, this is an easy two-minute self-care practice that can be done right before your shower each morning. (Pro tip: hang the brush somewhere close to the shower to make it an easy reminder.)

The benefits of daily dry brushing are more than just “skin deep”. Benefits include:

  • Exfoliating dead skin
  • Cleaning and unclogging pores
  • Stimulating the lymphatic system
  • Increasing circulation
  • Improving digestion and kidney function
  • Reducing cellulite
  • Clearing skin complexion
  • Increasing energy levels
More than just benefiting the skin, dry brushing also aids the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Since brushing promotes healthy blood flow, we always want to brush toward the heart. So start at your feet and begin to brush up your leg with long, sweeping strokes. Brush each area of skin several times before moving up to the next area. Once you’ve completed your first leg, move on the other. Then you can brush up your stomach, chest, arms, and back. Now that you’re done exfoliating, you can jump in the shower and wash away all the dead skin.

 

Who said self-care had to be hard or time-consuming?! (Not me!)

 

Article: Zachary H. Avery
Photo: Ryan McGuire

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