I have been gradually making some changes in my life, one of which includes being more committed to taking better care of myself. I have been making a conscious effort in taking the time to enjoy little pleasures such as my post shower body oil ritual, to practicing more personal reiki healing, and in addition to these, I have also started dry brushing.
Many of you are probably familiar with this term, or may already have this as part of your self care routine seeing how it has gained much popularity in recent years. Regardless, I would like to share a little more about this wonderful practice and why I enjoy it so much.
What is dry brushing? Essentially it the use of a natural bristle brush against our dry skin in the direction towards the heart. It is suggested that dry brushing helps to stimulate our lymphatic system which runs in the direction of the heart and the reason why brushing is encouraged to be done in this manner.
Some benefits of dry brushing:
- Exfoliating dead skin cells
- Stimulating and increasing blood circulation
- Lymphatic support
- Reducing cellulite (I honestly can’t say if this works, but no harm trying)
- Unclogs pores and de-congests the skin
- Improves skin texture (baby smooth skin anyone?)
I usually spend 10-15 mins brushing my skin from my hands and feet in long strokes (repeatedly over each section for its desired effect), moving towards the direction of the center of my body near the heart. Most people take much faster to complete this, but I like taking my time as I enjoy the process and sensation. I do this just before my shower and apply my favorite Rachel’s Plan Bee x Kimberly Loc Jasmine Body Oil right after – the entire process is such a treat which I indulge in often! Dry brushing helps to slough off any dead skin cells and open up the pores which ultimately helps any applied oils on the skin absorb more effectively.
It is normal for your skin to turn slightly pink after a session, this is due to the stimulation and increased circulation of blood which is what I enjoy the most! I absolutely love the tingling sensation against my skin and how I always feel energized and invigorated after a session of dry brushing. I don’t have any issues, but for those of you who are sensitive, you may find this overly stimulating and I would suggest only doing this during the day time. Do note that your skin should not turn red or feel irritated and if so, it probably means that you are brushing yourself too hard and should use a gentler hand.
I try to do this everyday, if not at least 3 times a week because I really feel the benefits. Any brush with natural bristles works fine – I use a Yerba Prima Tampico Skin Brush which you can easily get off Amazon. Do you dry brush too? I’d love to hear about your experience 🙂