This is one remedy that there may not be any scientific evidence that it works. Either way, it feels great and helps stimulate blood and lymph flow in the body.
Because dry brushing helps eliminate toxins, many pros claim it can smooth those unsightly lumps and bumps for good. The procedure helps remove “stagnant toxins” that break down connective tissue, leading to cellulite.
How often: Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.
How To Dry Body Brush :
- Dry brush when your body is dry, before you shower.
- Always brush towards your heart. Brushing away from your heart puts pressure on the veins. Plus, we are improving lymph flow. Lymph flows towards the heart.
- The first few times I did this, it was a little uncomfortable (the bristles are a little stiff). But by the end of the first week, I loved it and now find it relaxing.
- Start at your feet. Brush the bottoms of your feet. Then brush up your legs, long stroking motions towards your heart. I brush each area twice.
- Brush in circles around your knees.
- Brush your buttocks and inner thighs.
- Brush the sides of your torso and your lower back, upwards towards your heart.
- Brush your stomach in a clockwise circle around your belly button.
- Brush your hands and arms, starting with your hands and brush towards your shoulders.
- Brush from your upper back and over your shoulders.
- Brush clockwise circles around your breast (not on your breasts or nipples, just a big circle around your breasts).
- DO NOT brush over broken skin (cuts, etc.), varicose veins, or bruises.
- Do not brush your face. This brush is too harsh for the delicate skin on your face. If you want to brush your face (and it’s an excellent idea for exfoliating!), use a softer brush like this made for your face.
- The process should take between 5-15 minutes. I do a quick 5 minute brush every day and about once a week do a more detailed 15 minute brush.
- Take a shower after your dry brush.
- Shake your brush over the trash can to get rid of skin cells. Occasionally wash with soap and water. Let dry completely before using. I use this soap.
Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.
Benefits of Dry Body Brushing: In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You’ll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.