What's the Scoop on Dry Brushing?

You probably brush your hair, and hopefully your teeth every night. But what about your skin?

A few years ago while I was modeling, I was introduced to dry brushing. I heard it reduced cellulite and the appearance of dull and dry skin, so I immediately hopped on the bandwagon, eager to do anything and everything that made me look more modelesque. Little did I know there are far more benefits of dry brushing than just those that are skin deep.

 
Image taken by the talented Iryna Borzilova

Image taken by the talented Iryna Borzilova

 

Why dry brush? Dry brushing is an Ayurvedic practice that has been used for centuries and has been known to stimulate the lymphatic system, allowing metabolic waste and stored toxins to be efficiently eliminated by the body. This is huge, as lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. Not only does dry brushing help with the lymphatic system, but it aids in circulation. Exfoliation is an added benefit, helping with the removal of dead skin and clogged pores and thus enhancing the appearance of bright, rejuvenated, glowing skin. BUT my favourite benefit of dry brushing is hands-down the self-love element of it. Dry brushing offers 20+ minutes of dedicated me-time. It's therapeutic and relaxing and allows me to unplug after a long day. When was the last time you did something solely for yourself?

How? Let's set the mood. Think candlelit bath with tons of epsom salt and the lingering of essential oils in the air. Yup, it's romantic. And I love it. I usually dry brush once or twice a week post bath, after I've dried off my skin. But that doesn't mean this is the only method. Some like to dry brush first thing in the morning as a way of waking up and invigorating the skin. Others prefer post gym session. Do what's right for you and what fits your schedule/personality. The only thing to remember is to brush from your feet and work your way up to your heart. Simple! From a pressure perspective, apply gentle pressure while brushing but avoid scrubbing of any kind. Your skin should be slightly pink after a session -- but never red or irritated! I like to do it for 20 minutes or so, but sometimes a simple 10 minute dry brushing session is ample and satisfying. Again, do what's right for you! Warning: Avoid dry brushing your face, genitals, or any areas with open wounds, irritations, and/or abrasions (especially varicose veins!)

 
Image source: https://www.curetoday.com/community/bonnie-annis/2017/03/dry-brushing-for-lymphedema-does-it-really-work?p=3

Image source: https://www.curetoday.com/community/bonnie-annis/2017/03/dry-brushing-for-lymphedema-does-it-really-work?p=3

 

Are you ready to take on dry brushing? Join the #holisticheels tribe on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/holisticheels/ and let me know your thoughts!

 

Peace, self-love, and kale,

Monica Elena

 

 

Resources:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/24/dry-skin-brushing.aspx