Dry Brushing

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Dry brushing is something that is becoming more and more popular.... in fact recently I saw an article in Vogue talking about its benefits. But did you know Dry Brushing is a traditional Ayurvedic practice and has been around for aeons. The benefits of dry brushing are widely known and in fact, many people include it as part of their daily routine. And you should too! It only takes a few minutes a day and is best performed at the start of the day (prior to showering).

So what is dry brushing and why do it?

Dry brushing is a practice that is done with a dry brush (natural bristles) or linen/silk gloves. It stimulates the skin and promotes the removal of cellular waste.  It is a technique that assists us on many levels. When we consider the skin, (the body’s largest organ), it contains nerves, cells and glands that act as a barrier to protect the body.  If your skin is overrun with dead cells, its ability to eliminate waste is compromised, so removing these cells will improve the way your skin functions. And ladies, regular dry brushing can help reduce cellulite, evening out fat deposits and improving appearance. As dry brushing creates friction the brisk strokes invigorates the skin and stimulates both blood and lymphatic flow (improving immunity). In a broader sense it can assist with sluggishness, fatigue and vitality.  

How does it work?

Using a dry brush or gloves, work with brisk strokes along the skin, always working from our extremities toward the heart. Dry brushing can be done on all parts of the body including the face (unless you suffer from Rosacea).

1.    Stand in a bath or shower naked (to catch any waste) 

2.    Start at your feet and using long strokes, work your way up to the heart

3.    Next begin strokes starting at your hands and work your way up toward your heart.  Allow the strokes to overlap brushing over the same area more than once

4.    On the stomach, breasts and joints use small circular motions, whilst on the arms, legs and back work with longer strokes

5.     Apply light pressure on sensitive skin and avoid areas with skin vulnerabilities such as eczema. 

It is a practice that is recommended in the morning before your shower when the skin is dry and lotion free. If your skin is a little pink after dry brushing don’t panic.... however don’t apply so much pressure that it is painful.

Try it and you will love it. For those of your looking for even more nourishment, add on a self oil massage post dry brushing. Almond oil is a wonderful choice and appropriate for all skin types. In these warmer months coconut and peppermint oil is also lovely.

Happy brushing!