You’ve probably either heard of the practice or at least seen the tool, but maybe you’re not sure what it involves or how to do it. Well, before Photoshop and Instagram filters, there was dry brushing. Ok, it’s maybe not that good, but many do say that after a dry brush their skin glows and their cellulite is reduced.
What does dry brushing do? Quite a few wonderful things.
Primarily, dry bushing promotes lymphatic flow. Your lymphatic system is responsible for removing and transporting waste products from your blood. Dry brushing stimulates this process, which, as a result, helps us detox. It also sloughs away dead skin cells, which invigorates the skin and gives us a wonderful glow. However, it will remove self-tanner, so brusher beware!
Many women have also noted that they see less cellulite and better muscle tone when they dry brush regularly. Dry brushing also feels great, and it stimulates your nervous system.
Sounds great, right? But how do you do it?
Start by getting naked, either in the shower or the tub (or, if you’re like me, in front of your giant bedroom window). Note: If you are in the shower or tub, do not turn the water on––it’s called “dry” brushing for a reason. Take your brush and, starting at your feet, make long, sweeping strokes all the way up your body. Always move towards the heart because this is the direction our lymphatic and venous systems flow––this upward motion promotes good flow and protects the valves that run through our vessels. Use a firm pressure but not to the point where you’re feeling uncomfortable. Go over each area thoroughly before moving to the next. Brush all areas of your body if you can.
Dry brushing every morning can be very energizing, but don’t expect the same kind of zing you get from a shot of espresso. Twice a day is great, but if you’re trying it for the first time, I recommend doing it once a day and seeing how you feel.
Here are a few different types of dry brushes you can try:
The full soft bristle brush: This brush is my favorite as it exfoliates the skin and feels great. It’s typically made of wood and boar bristles.
The sisal, or jute loop brush: I don’t find this one to be as soft as the boar bristle, but it’s also very enjoyable.
Hard bristle brushes: These I find good for lymph and venous stimulation but not as great for exfoliation.
So, get your skin glowing and your fluids pumping—forget about swiping right, grab a brush and swipe up