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Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

dry skin brushing benefits

Have you ever tried dry skin brushing? The first time I heard about it, I couldn’t really get past the name and didn’t pay much attention to it. But lately, I’ve heard it come up more and more, and the health benefits seem pretty substantial. According to the experts, dry skin brushing boosts circulation (bye bye cold winter toes!), exfoliates skin, aids the lymphatic system (the one responsible for eliminating cellular waste), improves digestion and kidney function, gives a glowy complexion and even banishes cellulite (bonus!). Many people even say it’s incredibly stress relieving. I ordered a dry skin brush myself this week to give it a shot. If you’re interested…

How do you dry brush?

Brush toward your heart in long sweeps. This follows the same pathway as the lymphatic tubules that drain waste from your tissues into your blood stream for elimination. Start at your toes, up both legs, then from your hands up your arms. On your stomach, move your brush counter clockwise. Brush enough so that your skin feels invigorated, but not so much that it becomes red or irritated.

How often?

I’m going to start with once a day before my morning shower, but experts say you can do it even twice a day, between 2 – 20 minutes each session.

What type of brush?

As with anything you put on your skin, the more natural, the better. Look for stiff, vegetable-derived bristles.

You may read more about it here, if you’d like. Cheers to an even healthier 2015!

P.S. Related: The benefits of lemon water and a sugar and oil body scrub.

{Photo via Just Health}

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  • Gina January 26, 2015, 5:41 am

    My Australian buddy has been doing this for years and swears that it’s one of the best-ever things.

    • Jessica January 26, 2015, 5:06 pm

      Yeah! Who’d have thought, huh?!

  • Leonie March 10, 2015, 10:58 pm

    I think I know that Australian buddy of yours Gina… Hi Jessica, am liking your blog! Gina’s Australian buddy – PS LOVE dry-brushing

    • Jessica March 11, 2015, 7:02 am

      Thank you Leonie! Dry skin brushing is good stuff, huh? (:

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