Few of us would do without the daily rituals associated with our favourite hairbrush or toothbrush. Now there’s a new bristled contender vying for our affections: the Dry Brush.
While dry brushing the body is a technique that is relatively new to North America, it has been part of Ayurveda , India’s healing science, for over 5,000 years.
Inexpensive and easy to incorporate into any routine, all that’s required is a few minutes of your time and a natural-bristled, long-handled brush.
In addition to invigorating your morning routine, the process of sweeping a natural bristled brush over the body boasts numerous health and beauty benefits.
- Lymphatic Drainage:
As our largest organ, skin is responsible for a quarter of the body’s detoxification each day. Brushing towards the heart assists with circulation and helps to stimulate the body’s lymphatic system to remove toxins.
- Improved Circulation:
Dry brushing encourages increased blood flow and therefore increases the quantity of oxygen that reaches the layers of the skin. Increased circulation also means that the distribution of nutrients is more efficient, leading to better overall health.
- Exfoliation and Softer Skin:
The older we get, the more assistance our body needs with exfoliation. Running a dry brush over the skin helps to loosen and remove dead skin cells, revealing softer smoother skin. Exfoliated skin is also better able to absorb skin products like moisturizers.
- Toned Muscles:
Dry brushing is a great way to warm up muscles before a workout. Brushing stimulates nerves which in turn moves muscle fibres. This muscle movement helps to tone muscles.
- Reduces Appearance of Cellulite:
Dry brushing increases circulation and causes skin to ‘plump’ up. This can help to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Stress Relief:
Like a light body massage, dry brushing can relax muscles and relieve tension and stress.
The rules for dry brushing are simple. Use a brush made with natural bristles, not synthetic. Start at your feet and brush towards your heart. Don’t brush too hard, and avoid broken skin or sensitive areas. Seeing a pinkish hue on the skin is okay, but redness or rough markings means too much pressure is being placed on the brush.
Performed in the right environment, dry brushing, with its repetitive action and pleasant results, can become a meditation unto itself.
Why not take part in the ultimate morning cleanse? Let a dry brush flush the toxins from your body and mind before your next shower.