If you’re looking to add an energizing and healthy ritual to your morning routine, look no further! Dry brushing is a form of Ayurvedic medicine and the benefits of dry brushing are plentiful as it’s great for both the body and mind.
If you’re wondering exactly how to dry brush, and curious to learn more about the benefits, then read on!
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What Is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is a practice that has been used for centuries and has gained quite a bit of popularity in recent years thanks to its many benefits. It involves brushing your whole body using a special bristled tool that works to exfoliate the skin.
You rub a dry brush with coarse, natural-fiber bristles over your body in a particular pattern. The idea is that the coarse fibers will help to remove dead skin cells and improve the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins through the pores.
The benefits of dry brushing have not been studied scientifically, but anecdotal benefits have been sung about for centuries – both in and out of Ayurvedic cultures.
Here Are 5 Benefits of Dry Brushing:
While this hasn’t been scientifically studied, the benefits of dry brushing may include the following, according to Ayruveda.
1. Exfoliates the Skin
The coarse bristles have the ability to brush dry, dead cells away from your skin. This will leave your skin feeling softer and smoother.
2. Detoxifies the Body
Your lymphatic system works alongside your circulatory system and removes waste in your body. This is said to help detoxify the body. However, it really is still up for debate as to whether or not you need to manually stimulate circulation.
That being said, studies do show that improved circulation is better for your skin overall, regardless of how you get things moving.
3. Stimulates the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system also helps to fight off infections. Fluids flow through your lymphatic system and are filtered out through the lymph nodes. (This is why your lymph nodes often become swollen when you’re sick.)
Dry brushing is thought to help the body release toxins through sweat. The brush bristles are said to stimulate the pores and open them up which makes it easier for the body to sweat. Thus, this reduces the amount of toxins moving through the lymphatic system.
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4. Relaxation and Self-Care
Any time spent focusing on yourself and your body is always a good thing. Dry brushing encourages you to spend a little quiet time focusing on the movement of the brush, your body, and how it feels.
This technique is similar to massage in the sense that it could help you feel relaxed and better connected to your body.
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5. Could Help Break Down Cellulite
Women experience cellulite more than men. In general, cellulite has a rippled or cottage cheese type appearance.
Studies have shown that massage can help to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. While there is no scientific proof that dry brushing can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, many people have claimed for centuries that it is helpful.
How to Dry Brush Step 1 – Here Are 3 Things to Consider When You Pick a Brush:
The first step to dry brushing is to find the right brush. Finding the brush that is perfect for you is highly subjective. There are three factors that you want to consider when choosing a brush: bristle stiffness, handle length, and vegan or non-vegan options.
1. Bristle Stiffness
You’ll want a brush with stiff bristles, but nothing too abrasive. If you are a beginner, try starting with softer bristles since you don’t yet know…