I am someone who loves the idea of dry brushing and the Ayurvedic principles. The problem is dedicating the time ( I know it’s just a few minutes a day but somehow I still can’t carve it out) consistently to reap the benefits. I am going to make an effort at it this summer to try and make it a habit in my daily routine. If you have never heard of dry brushing or are new to the concept here’s a bit more about the practice. Some critics say the process lacks the science to support some of the wellness claims.
Recently after a facial, my therapist suggested I dry brush my face to exfoliate and gifted me a mini dry brush. I plan to incorporate that also in my dry brushing regime.
Let’s take a look at some of the main benefits of dry brushing:
Exfoliation of the skin
Dry brushing is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual and is one of the easiest and most natural ways to remove dead skin. After the first procedure, you will notice smoother and softer skin. By running the brush over the skin, you will remove dry skin cells and only new soft skin will remain.
This is a great self-care ritual, an additional advantage of exfoliating the skin is the removal of sebum and impurities from the pores. Once your pores are clean, any cosmetics you apply are much easier to absorb. You can also brush your face, but it is recommended to use a special softer brush.
Stimulation of the lymphatic system
The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. Many lymphatic vessels are located directly under the skin and dry brushing helps stimulate the normal functioning of lymph flow through the body and thus helps the body to naturally detoxify. Lymph flow can also prevent water retention in the body and has a positive effect on our immunity. Dry brushing can also help alleviate cellulite.
Help against cellulite
Some say it plumps skin and aids in the appearance of cellulite and fine lines. Although not scientifically proven, many articles and fans of dry brushing swear it has helped them with cellulite. Some argue that the relief of cellulite is only temporary, but even in this case it is better not to have cellulite only temporarily than to have it permanently.
Natural increase in energy
Some theories claim that while dry brushing improves blood circulation, it also supplies energy. Therefore, it is recommended to undergo this procedure in the morning after waking up. And because the bristles of dry brushes are usually a bit rough, it’s also a great way to energize your whole body in the morning.
You will need nothing more than a brush with natural bristles to perform dry brushing. Perform the massage before the shower, preferably in the morning or after some workout. It is ideal to brush the body daily, about 5 minutes. This is also great in combination with a classic or steam sauna.
Use firm, short upward strokes or circular motions while dry brushing. Start at your feet and move upward using slightly firm pressure. if you start with your hands, point away from your palms and up, and a counterclockwise movement on the abdomen.
You always pay attention to what is good for you and your body. If you have sensitive skin or a history of eczema or other skin conditions, this is one method that may not be so complete for you. Aggressive skin brushing can irritate sensitive skin over time. Avoid sensitive areas, do not use too hard bristles, and stop if unpleasant symptoms appear.
Long brushes allow you to reach hard-to-reach parts of the body such as the middle of your back, while small brushes fit exactly in the palm of your hand, making them easy to use. Experts suggest a few times a week will suffice but consistency like most things matters.