Firstly, What Is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is known for it’s for numerous health benefits, the treatment is invigorating, stimulating and detoxifying. The technique uses a firm, natural bristle brush, and can be done on dry skin at home, or in the spa environment.
My Experience Of Dry Brushing
I started drying brushing around 2 years ago, and honestly? I haven’t looked back since! It didn’t seem such a big thing at the time, so information was a little slim. Needless to say, I had heard of the benefits it can have with circulation, and as a mild sufferer from Reynold’s syndrom, I was up for trying anything! It’s almost non assistant now, but this wasn’t always the case. For me, dry brushing made so much of a difference to my circulation. I was known for my ice cube feet, and now it’s a rarity! I would also like to add, after a couple of weeks the toxins in the back of my legs in particular had cleared up quite dramatically. My legs are the part of my body I have been a little self conscious about at times, but this helped to build some inner confidence for sure. I also felt less groggy, fresh, more awake. I really did think this was going to be more of a gimmick, but I’d recommend it to everyone.
What are the Benefits of Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is thought to be detoxifying, exfoliating, increase lymphatic flow and increase energy – to name a few! It’s even been known to help break up fatty deposits and digestive problems.
How Often Should You Dry Brush?
Daily before showering.
How Exactly Does it Help with Detoxification?
Blood plasma containing waste is transported into the lymph vessels, where it is carried to lymph nodes. Here, macrophages and lymphocytes deal with unwanted bacteria and toxins, and the cleansed fluid is then returned to the blood supply. Our bodies contain far more lymph than blood, yet the lymph is dependent upon outside forces for its circulation around the body – lymph has no heart to pump it. Therefore, it is prone to being sluggish. One example of this is the dreaded cellulite, which is formed by stagnant, toxic waste that gets stored between the tissues, breaking down connective tissue.
How to do it
Start at your feet and brush upward towards the heart. Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upwards, or work in a circular motion. For the stomach, work in a counterclockwise pattern. Harsh exfoliation is never the point; be sure not to press too hard, or use too-stiff of a brush.
Is There Anything Specific to Look for in a Proper Brush?
Cactus or vegetable-derived bristles are the easier ones to get hold of, though I think places like Boots etc have a good mix. A firm bristle is ideal or the technique doesn’t work, as you need to be able to stimulate lymph flow. Care for your brush by spraying it with pure Tea Tree Oil before using, and make sure you give it a good wash after.