Benefits of dry brushing: Natural skincare

One of the best self-care things you can do for your body!

What is dry brushing?

Dry brushing helps clear the lymphatic system – a complex network of tissues and organs that eliminates toxins from the body. People all around the world, as far back as ancient Greek times have engaged in dry brushing. It is a common ritual practiced by women in Japan, South Korea, and Eastern European and Scandinavian countries – all of which are renowned for their clear luminous skin. Drop by any Korean spa in Los Angeles, and you will find countless women meticulously scrubbing away every inch of their bodies.

Here are just a few of the known benefits of dry brushing:

  • Helps the lymphatic system eliminate toxins and other wastes from the body
  • Increases energy and blood flow by increasing circulation
  • Exfoliates dead skin cells and prevents cellulite
  • Aids in the regeneration of collagen

Dry brushing should be practiced before a shower or bath. Most experts recommend dry-brushing in the morning, rather than before bed because they believe it has energizing qualities. Some people use the brush on its own; others put a bit of body oil on the brush before they use it. Shower before skin-brushing if you’re using an oil on the brush. If not, shower after skin brushing, then apply oil or lotion. It’s fantastic to do in conjunction with a sauna or steam, too.

To engage in this ritual, simply brush the skin on the body (not face) in long gentle strokes in the direction of the heart. For the stomach, work in a clockwise direction. Be sure to be gentle with yourself. After brushing, rinse in the shower or bath. 

Following the bath, replenish your skin’s moisture with a natural body oil or lotion.

Skin is the largest organ of the body. Isn’t it time we gave it the attention it deserves? Happy brushing!

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