You Don't Even Dry Brush?!
I'm on a lymphatic mission. I've been getting so many lymph questions ever since I wrote a post on the basics of your lymphatic system. I think i'm ready to do a full-on "Get Lymphed" series. Jk...Maybe.
Today my lymph topic is dry brushing. Basically-you should be doing it. Everyone is doing it. Especially models & actresses. They do it for their lymphatic system (I knew I was on to something cool). So, the questions...
What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is an ayurvedic practice that uses a stiff bristle brush on your entire body to stimulate your skin and internal (lymphatic) systems. Plus, it feels pretty incredible.
Why dry brush?
Circulation. Of your blood and lymph. Brushing your skin gets everything moving. Helping deliver blood and essential nutrients to different body parts. Dry brushing is a fast and easy way to take care of your body. It exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, which makes the skin softer and allows those (clean) beauty products to soak into your skin and work more effectively.
How to do it?
It's almost as simple as just brushing your teeth. Here's the play-by-play:
Work from the bottom up, always moving the flow towards your heart. Start with the bottoms of your feet (obviously one side at a time) and brush upwards in circular motions. Work up your way up your legs.
When you get to the top of your legs, move to your booty. Keep brushing upwards and alternating sides. After your booty move to your lower back. After lower back, work toward your sides, then tummy, then chest. Pro tip: move counterclockwise on your tummy and chest.
Next, do your arms. Hold them over your head-this keeps the flow moving toward your heart. Go hand-forearm-upper arm-armpit-upper back.
Be gentle, the goal isn't to harshly scrub your skin, just gently stimulate it. When you're done brushing, it's a good time to hop in the shower and then moisturize after.
When to do it?
Experts and enthusiasts say daily. That's optimistic, but a worthy goal. Shoot for a few times a week, when you can be relaxed. The ideal timing is the morning, it's a good caffeine-free way to get stimulate to seize the day.
What do you need?
A brush. One specifically for dry brushing. If you want to get fancy, you can spray some essential oils on your brush. Check out these options:
Your lymphatic system requires circulation and you need to get it moving. Brush your body once a day, and it stimulates the system and helps with this movement. This makes it so your body can remove toxins, deliver nutrients and thrive. Bonuses: it may reduce cellulite, it helps exfoliate for softer skin and it's straight up self-care.
So get brushing.