Dry brushing is a time-proven strategy to improve the skin and lymphatic system. Brushing the skin helps to stimulate lymph flow within the body, moving stuck toxins out of the connective tissues. It improves circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin, which helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, wrinkles, and age spots. This results in a glowing complexion with an even skin tone and pores free of oil, dirt, and grime. Dry brushing also softens hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing them more evenly, promoting tighter skin and cell renewal.
Follow the directions I provide next for an invigorating dry brushing session, and remember while doing it that the pressure you apply should be firm, but not painful. Do not brush over broken skin (cuts, patches of eczema, etc.), sensitive areas, varicose veins, or bruises; and do not brush your face (unless you use a special brush made for this). Of course, dry brush when your body is dry (hence the name “dry brushing”). It’s best to do right before you shower.
How To Dry Brush Your Body
- Purchase a natural bristle brush with a long handle so you can reach all areas of your body.
- Add a few drops of organic coconut oil to the bristles of your brush.
- Start on the sole of your right foot. (You may find it helpful to sit down.) Brush up your ankle, shin, calf, and knee. Then do the same on your left side.
- Next, stand up (if you are sitting) and brush your right and then left thigh from the knee up. Be sure to get the inner thigh, which is a key spot for removing toxins.
- Move over to your abdomen, brushing in a counterclockwise motion.
- Brush each arm, starting with the palm, inward toward your heart. (Always brush toward your heart, because lymph flows toward the heart; brushing away from your heart can put pressure on your veins.) The armpit area is another area toxins like to accumulate, so make sure to pay close attention there.
- Gently brush the chest area, but not your actual breasts or nipples.
- Brush the neck area by starting at the nape of your neck and stroking over the shoulder to the front.
- Lastly, brush your back.
- Shake your brush over the sink or trash to get rid of skin cells. About once a week wash it with soap and water, then let it dry completely before using it again.
- Take a shower after dry brushing (you dry brush). Consider taking a contrast shower (alternating between the hottest water temperature you can stand and the coldest) to stimulate blood circulation and lymph drainage.
- After getting out of the shower, dry off and massage your skin with organic coconut oil or cacao butter.
After dry brushing, drink a glass of warm water with lemon. It hydrates the lymphatic system and supports a healthy body pH, detoxification, the elimination of toxins, and weight loss.
A Word To The Wise:
Skin pushes up new skin cells from underneath and needs the top layer of dead cells for a short period of time to serve as protection. This layer of dead cells also functions as food for the surface bacteria that inhabit the microbiome. I suggest dry brushing only when you feel you have a lot of skin cell pileup or you are dealing with a specific issue.