Dry Brush Your Pain Away
What is dry brushing? Dry brushing is literally brushing your skin lightly with the correct brush towards the heart.
There are many benefits to dry brushing, some benefits are skin exfoliation, increases blood flow, helps get rid of cellulite and most importantly, it helps stimulate the lymphatic flow. As I explained before in one of my other blogs, the main function for the lymphatic system is to get rid of cellular waist and dry brushing helps this process. To learn more about the Lymphatic system Click Here.
Dr. Joseph Mercola explains how your skin is your largest organ, and how adding this to your morning routine that can greatly improve its health. He goes on to say that he’s not only referring to the skin’s aesthetic appearance, either (although many would agree this is important to). The benefits of dry skin brushing go beyond skin deep, offering whole-body benefits to your health.
Dry Skin Brushing Benefits
Your skin is a complex system made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers that, when healthy, serves as a buffer that helps protect your body from extreme temperatures and chemicals.
It also produces antibacterial substances to protect you from infection and enables your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Your skin even contains densely packed nerve cells that act as messengers to your brain, making your skin a crucial part of your interactions with the world around you.
Another crucial role your skin plays is supporting optimal detoxification. But if your skin is overrun with toxins or dead skin cells, it will not be able to eliminate wastes from your body efficiently.
This is where dry skin brushing can be invaluable, not only in brushing off dead skin cells but also in activating waste removal via your lymph nodes. Beyond this, dry skin brushing offers multiple benefits including:
- Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage.
When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease which can cause a lot of pain throughout the body, and not just your insides but outside of the body too, for example: neck, shoulder or back pain. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.
Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to “breathe.”
- Increase Circulation
When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
- Reduce Cellulite
Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite.
Dry brushing is also said to help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue, although some believe the effect is temporary (and mostly a result of skin become more plump and swollen after brushing).1 The Huffington Post reported:2
“When we’d heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs.”
- Stress Relief
The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative (especially if you do it in a quiet space) and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.
- Improve Digestion and Kidney Function
Dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function. According to one skin care and spa expert:
“…many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more.”
- It’s Invigorating
Many people become “addicted” to dry skin brushing (in a good way) because it simply feels so good. Along with glowing and tighter skin, regular dry skin brushers report feeling invigorated after a quick session.
Look for a high quality wooden brush with natural vegetable bristles, you can find these at a health food store. Do not get this brush wet, I disinfect my brush by placing it in the microwave (microwaves kill everything) for about 3 minutes, make sure it doesn’t have any lacquer on the wood because it can be flammable. I use one with a long handle that detaches.
How to Brush
- Dry brushing is preferably done before you shower. While standing naked begin brushing from the outermost points of your body like hands and feet towards the center of the body.
- Brush once over every part of the body surface except the face, one clean sweep is all you need. (don’t brush back and forth, circular or scrubbing, if your skin turns red you are brushing too hard, a light flush of the skin is normal). It takes less than 1-2 minutes to brush your whole body if you are doing it correctly.
- Take a warm bath or shower