Dry Brushing is literally brushing your skin with a dry bristle brush. Why? ... Our skin is our largest organ I for one forget this all the time. 1/3 of our body's toxins are excreted through the skin, dry brushing helps to unclog your pores and get rid of toxins that become trapped in the skin along with some added benefits....
1. Stimulates your lymphatic system
dry brushing your skin can stimulate your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system plays a major role in your body's immune system. Without going into the whole anatomy of it, stimulating your lymphatic system helps it to release toxins. For a in depth description of what your lymphatic system does for your body visit here but be sure to come back and read the rest of this post!
Dry brushing removes dead skin cells and lets your skin breatheeeeee
Dry Brushing your skin can also increase your circulation which also encourages the elimination of metabolic waste (really harmful stuff)
So according to certain studies dry brushing can soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more easily and in turn help in reducing the appearance of cellulite. (If that isn't reason enough to start dry brushing I don't know what is)
The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative. It may also reduce and muscle tension and can be seen as a light body massage.
How to Dry Brush your skin effectively
Use a non synthetic/nylon bristle brush preferably with a long handle so you can reach your back but if not you can always ask for a helping hand.
You can dry brush your skin at any point in the day although in the morning is a good time as it has been said to boost energy and leave you feeling more energised. Also before showering is a good time to brush so you can wash of any loose dead skin cells or toxins.
Start with the soles of your feet working your way up the body using upward strokes towards your heart as this best for your circulation and lymphatic system. After doing your lower body move on to your hands and arms again working towards your heart then brush your back and abdomen using clockwise motion (to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck.
You should avoid your face as your facial skin is much more delicate that the body's (also your bits and bobs)After brushing your skin may be pink or tingly so don't panic however its shouldn't be painful at all if so you probably brushing too hard.
Have you heard of dry brushing before? Have you tried dry brushing?