What Kind of Brush Should I Use?
A dry brush is a coarse bristled brush used to exfoliate the skin. Most practitioners agree that the best types of dry brushes use natural bristles. These bristles are softer on the skin and better for your health in general. The brush should be textured, and the bristles firm to receive the best treatment and results. Dry brushes that are too soft will not perform as well as firmer brushes. The softer the brush, the less effective. The perfect dry brush should hold its shape as you run it over your body.
How Do I Dry Brush?
Dry brushing can be done before or after a bath or shower. Just be sure your skin and brush are dry. For optimal benefit, dry brushing should be done at least 2-3 times a week but can be done daily. After a couple of weeks, you’ll really start to see results.
1. After removing all clothing, stand in a bathtub, on a tiled surface or wooden floor. You’ll want something that’s easy to sweep as you’ll be shedding some skin cells throughout the course of your dry brushing.
2. Begin at your feet with light pressure moving in small circular motions brush in upward strokes toward your heart to encourage lymph flow to the body’s lymph ducts. Move up to your ankles, calves, thighs, and buttocks. Always work in slow movements.
3. When you reach your torso area move in a circular clockwise motion to aid in digestion.
4. From there move up to your chest while being cautious of sensitive areas. And then work on your back. When you brush the chest and upper back remember to brush downwards back toward the heart.
5. Finish by drying brushing your hands, wrist, and up the length of your arms. Avoid your face unless you have blemish-free, not irritated skin and a specific brush designed for the face.
6. After finishing dry brushing, take a warm, not hot, shower to shed away the skin. After showering use a nourishing body oil like coconut oil or castor oil to keep your skin glowing and healthy.
Your skin should be a lovely shade of pink. It is possible to over-exfoliate if you're using extreme pressure on sensitive skin so always brush gently.
Remember to make sure lymph dry brushing is right for you by consulting a healthcare professional and/or a lymphatic drainage specialist. It’s important to make sure you are brushing in a way that is beneficial to you specifically.
To Your Thriving Health!