Benefits of Dry Brushing + Why You Should Be Doing It

Beauty rituals: we all have one or two that we absolutely swear by. Whatever yours may be, beauty rituals are a marvelous thing to embrace and they have the ability to make us look and feel like goddesses. There is one particular routine additive I want to share with you today, and if it's not already part of your routine, you may want to consider incorporating it in. It's dry brushing.

Dry brushing is a cleanse, per se, from the outside in but the benefits go way beyond the surface. On the outside, it unclogs pores and exfoliates the skin, leaving it smooth and soft. On the inside, it increases blood circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system - both of which help to speed up the process of eliminating metabolic waste - and also helps to overall release toxins from within. Dry brushing also helps to soften fatty areas beneath the skin and has actually been known to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

How to begin? Easy!
Simply brush your skin with a natural bristle body brush for just a few minutes a day in your bathtub before a bath or shower. You will want a brush with natural bristles rather than synthetic as it will be much more gentle for your skin. Start at your feet and work your way upwards with large, upward stroking motions. Always, always brush toward your heard as this will encourage lymph flow to the main ducts of the lymphatic system. Also ensure to do this while your skin and brush are both dry, and avoid brushing your face as well as any other sensitive or irritated areas. Use more pressure on the feet, legs, arms, and bottom - and less pressure on your back and torso. You can brush for anywhere from 2 minutes to 15 minutes - do what feels right for you. Follow each session with a shower or bath to rid the surface of your skin from any toxins or dead skin cells that have been released.

I'll be honest, I often times forget to do this because I keep my brush hanging up in my bathroom closet rather than in plain sight. It's a great thing to do though and it's best to set aside enough time for yourself so you can relax and enjoy this ritual instead of projecting your mind into all that lies ahead in the day. Try to be present while you dry brush and  just enjoy it. I'm curious, what are some of your favorite "beauty rituals" for everyday routine? Let me know down in the comments!

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