6 Reasons to Try Dry Brushing for Radiant Skin and Improved Health
Don’t let the simplicity of it fool you. In addition to softer, more radiant skin, dry brushing, a popular health-promoting technique, has been associated with improved digestion, better kidney function, reduced water retention and, according to some, it can even banish cellulite.
What It Is
Dry brushing is a method of stimulating the body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems by massaging the skin in the direction of the lymphatic system’s flow. This massaging helps the body shed dead skin cells, excess water and toxins, while improving the skin’s overall appearance, elasticity and feel.
How To Do It
It’s best to dry brush in the mornings, twice a week, before taking a shower. It’s generally suggested that you start at your feet brushing upwards towards your heart, using firm pressure and making soft, circular strokes. As you work your way up to your legs, then your stomach, and then your arms, your motions should always be towards your heart, as that is the direction of the lymphatic flow.
Choosing a Brush
It’s important to get a brush that is made with natural bristles, not synthetic ones. Here’s a few that have received good reviews.
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Article updated on: April 18th, 2013