Why You Should Start Doing It: Dry Brushing

That big ole thing you see there in the picture above is called a dry brush and it is the greatest recent addition to my weekly routine. Dry brushing is not a new discovery by any means, but it is one of the most natural forms of exfoliation. To all the people out there who are asking "what is dry brushing, and why would I want to do it," this post is for you.

There are a ton of claims floating around the Internet about what frequent dry brushing can do from exfoliation to a reduction of cellulite to releasing toxins. While I can't say that I have noticed cellulite reduction, I can say that my skin is much smoother and softer after I dry brush. Plus, after hearing the gorgeous Miranda Kerr mention that she dry brushes in an interview, I knew I had to incorporate it into my routine. I want the Miranda glow, please.

The whole process is super simple to do and there's only one rule:

1. Brush towards your heart.

The reason for this is because you want to brush in the direction that your lymph flows. Doing so is said to increase circulation, which helps to get your blood flowing and release toxins found in your body. I would recommend skipping out on brushing sensitive areas of your skin, such as broken skin, rashes or varicose veins.

To get started, begin at your feet and use short, upward motions with light pressure towards the top of your leg. Once both legs are completed, brush one arm at a time towards your heart. Be sure to brush your chest, stomach and back as well. Remember to take a shower and moisturize afterwards to replenish your skin. It also may be a good idea for you to do dry brushing while in the shower so that the dead skin that sloughs off can be easily rinsed down the drain during your shower.

This above version of dry brushing was pioneered by Bernard Jensen and is known as the American model. However, there is a European version spearheaded by Dr. Bruce Berkowsky, which requires more time, as well as specific instructions. Robyn from Green Smoothie Girl does an amazing job explaining the European version on her website. Click here for the video and diagram. 

When choosing a dry brush, opt for one that has natural bristles rather than synthetic bristles. You can find dry brushes at most health food stores, such as Whole Foods, but they are readily available online as well. Check out some dry brushes online here, here and here.

What are your thoughts on dry brushing? Will you plan to incorporate it into your routine?

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