- What is dry brushing?
- What kind of brushes do you have to use?
- What are benefits of dry brushing?
- How do you dry brush?
What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is brushing your body with a particular type of brush in long, even-pressure strokes in a specific pattern, usually towards the heart. This is done in the morning before showering.
What kind of brushes do you have to use?
Use a brush with firm and natural bristles, and preferably one with a long handle so you can reach your entire back and even the bottom of your feet. Brushes with cactus bristles are also preferred for dry brushing.
What are benefits of dry brushing?
- It stimulates lymphatic drainage. Lymph nodes lie just beneath the surface of the skin and are responsible for collecting the waste from your blood and taking it away from your muscles and tissues.
- It loosens the dead skin and helps get rid of it, thus helping exfoliate your body. You will notice your skin becoming softer with use.
- Dry brushing helps clear pores. It loosens the collection of dirt, oil and debris within the pores. Use a small, soft brush on your face and notice how the pores appear reduced.
- It reduces the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is caused due to uneven distribution of fat under the skin. Regular dry brushing helps even out the distribution, thus reducing the ‘orange peel’ appearance on your skin.
- It increases blood circulation and hence makes you feel energised, which is why this is recommended for the mornings.
- It helps you tone up and boosts your immune system.
How do you dry brush?
- Start with the soles of your feet. Brush upwards towards your heart in long, even strokes. Repeat 8-10 times on both legs.
- Repeat the same for each of your hands. Start with the palms and brush towards the centre of your body.
- On your stomach and your armpits, brush gently in circular, clockwise motions.
- Repeat the same circular motions on your back, chest and abdomen.
• Use a softer brush for your face, and gently massage from the forehead downwards along the edges of your face, tracing the hairline.
Other things to note:
Always brush before showering and be as gentle as you can with your strokes. Apply a good moisturising lotion after your shower.
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Written by Harshitha Prabhakar on Aug 16, 2018