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The Benefits of Dry Brushing

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Dry brushing is something that you should add into your self care routine. This simple act of self care can be beneficial in so many ways.  If you are not familiar with dry skin brushing, it is the practise of brushing your body with a firm bristled brush. Dry brushing is usually done before a shower to help exfoliate the skin and increase blood flow.

Dry brushing assists the lymphatic system with drainage. Drainage is very important because it allows toxins to be removed from the body, which ultimately helps prevent you from getting ill. As we enter the winter months, our lymphatic system starts to slow down. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. Dry brushing allows us to stimulate our lymphatic system, speeding up the detoxification process and helping build our immunity during the winter months.

Health benefits of dry brushing include:

  • Improved circulation
  • Improved lymphatic functioning
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Improved digestion and kidney function
  • Stress reduction
  • Mood improvement

Beauty benefits include:

  • Improved skin tone and texture
  • Improved the appearance of cellulite
  • Skin exfoliant
  • Smooths and tightens skin

To get started, find a brush that works best for you. Begin by starting at your feet and brush upwards towards the heart. When you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upwards, or work in a circular motion. Remember to be gentle and not brush too intensely. Your skin should be invigorated and stimulated, not red or irritated.

After dry brushing, follow with a shower and a moisturiser for optimal results.

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