Dry Brushing Benefits and Tips

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When I first heard of dry brushing I thought it sounded like an epic waste of my time. My acupuncturist suggested I grab a hard-bristled brush and scrub myself from toes to neck before hopping in the shower each morning. Chances are, if I hadn't adored and trusted that woman to be the guru she was, I would never have given this pre-bathing ritual a try and missed out on all the glorious benefits of dry brushing. 

Your skin is the largest and hardest working organ of detoxification your body has, which is why you should give your beautiful bod tons of TLC. Since dry brushing has come into my life I've gone through a few different types of brushes. Ultimately I decided a long handle body brush such as this one by GranNaturals makes it easy to scrub all the hard to reach places. 

My favorite things about dry brushing is that It feels good — like an express massage to help you make it until your first cup of coffee. All that brushing is stimulating your nerve endings, meaning your nervous system sends you a big "Thanks!" with the energized feelings you get when you're done.  

To sweeten the pot, regularly using a dry brush on your skin has some real deal benefits. According to Dr. Mercola's website, "Dry skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system, aiding in detoxification; when your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick." And while we're talking about getting rid of toxins, remember that purging all that junk will leave you with glowing skin. In her book, Your Vibrant Heart, Dr. Cynthia Thaik explains that dry brushing cleanses your skin to remove pore-clogging offenders such as cosmetics, dead skin cells, and environmental pollutants. You can also use a smaller brush on your face as well to enjoy the same goodies from the neck up. 

Dry brushing is one of those habits that I see the rewards of when I am consistent. The days (or let's be honest, weeks) when I forget or skip it for the sake of time always leave me wishing I had invested just two minutes in caring for myself a little better. 

Dry Brushing Tips

1. Start at your toes and work up your body (feet, legs, lower torso), toward your hear area. 
2. Continue to brush toward the heart area, starting with hands, then moving to arms, shoulders, chest, and upper back.
3. Use firm, brisk strokes in an upward motion.
4. Smile. It makes everything more fun.