The skin is our largest organ and is responsible for detoxifying our body just like the liver, kidneys and colon (you can read my article about the 6 ways your body detoxifies itself). Dry brushing is an ancient technique which is part of the Indian Ayurveda and holds numerous health benefits. Not only this, but it’s easy and simple to do, takes only few minutes a day and is very cheap.
Health benefits of dry brushing
- Dry brushing exfoliates the skin and removes dead cells, thus contributing to younger, smooth and fresh looking skin. This way the skin is able to better absorb nutrients into the body.
- Dry brushing also improves blood circulation and helps the lymphatic system release toxins, thus improving its role in fighting infections and improves the immune system. You can read more about the importance of a proper blood circulation and how to improve it in my previous article. For other natural ways to cleanse your lymphatic system click here.
- It also helps in cells renewal, improves muscle tone, tightens the skin and reduce cellulite by releasing fatty deposits under the skin’s surface. For more natural ways to reduce cellulite click here.
- Another added bonus is stress relief. Dry brushing has meditative benefits, especially if done in a quiet place. It may reduce muscle tension and calm your mind, just like a light body massage.
As you can see, dry brushing detoxifies the body from the outside in and works on multiple levels. You can learn more about the concept of detox and how to use detox to energize and cleanse your body in my e-book. The Detox Guide.
How to do dry brushing?
You should choose the right type of brush. Choose a brush with firm bristles but not too hard. The bristles should be natural, typically vegetable-derived. It’s best to choose a long handle that can easily reach to areas such as the back.
The best time to do dry brushing is in the shower before washing yourself when your skin is dry. The brush itself should also be dry. Because dry brushing energizes the body, many people prefer to do it in the morning before they shower, but you can do it any time of the day (but not too close to bedtime, as it may have a stimulating effect on you). Dry brushing can be done on a daily basis and even twice a day. Just remember to avoid brushing broken or inflamed skin.
As the lymphatic system flows towards the heart, you should always brush towards your heart using long gentle strokes (avoid back and forth movement).
- Apply a firm pressure but not to painful to avoid irritating the skin: your skin should be pink after a session and not red.
- Start from the feet, and then work up your legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms.
- It’s best to avoid your face as usually the facial skin is too sensitive.
- Dry brush yourself for about 3-5 minutes and then shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
- You can even do one of these 5 detox baths to further cleanse your skin.
You can watch the video below to see how to do it.