What is Dry Brushing Anyway?

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When I first heard about dry brushing, I thought it maybe had something to do with hair care or a fun new DIY. I was surprised to learn that dry brushing is literally just brushing your body with a dry brush!

At first, I thought its only benefit was getting rid of dead skin cells, but there’s so much more to it than that. In addition to sloughing off layers of dry, loose skin, leaving you with softer, fresher-looking skin, dry brushing can also benefit the inside of your body by unclogging pores and giving unwanted toxins in your body a way out. It also helps along your lymphatic system, blood flow, digestion and kidney function! The benefits of dry brushing really aren’t just skin-deep, although who doesn’t want a little extra glow?

To get started, buy a long-handled brush (the one I used is more like a loofa, which isn’t ideal because it’s harder to reach certain parts of your body without a handle!). Make sure it has natural bristles (not synthetic) and that they’re stiff but not so hard that it’ll be painful to dry brush with it. Ideally it should look something like this:

dryskinbrush

Then, brush over your entire body, starting with the feet, and always brush in the direction of your heart. Make sure you’re not leaving red marks or scratches on your body, that means you’re probably brushing too hard! Next, take a hot shower and then moisturize with essential oils afterwards. Your skin will feel so soft and tight (dry brushing also aids in ridding your bod of yucky cellulite). The benefits of dry brushing are pretty much endless!

I just started dry brushing recently, and my skin already feels softer. I think it’s a great way to invigorate your skin and help stimulate your system so that everything’s in working order.

Do you have any tips for enhancing your beauty regime and your health at the same time? Let me know in the comments below!

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