Why You Should Dry Brush Your Skin
Dry brushing will help exfoliate your skin by removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores. It also promotes new cell renewal.
By moving around the outer layer of your skin, you're essentially "waking up" your circulatory system. This will encourage your body to eliminate metabolic waste and will allow your system to better distribute fat deposits (cellulite).
Your lymphatic system is responsible for removing cellular waste in your body. When this system is on the fritz, waste can build-up in your body and make you sick. Dry brushing helps relieve lymphatic congestion by helping move toxins through the body. Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymph system doesn’t rely on an automatic pumping device to keep it working.
If you make dry brushing part of your routine, you may start to find it meditative, especially if you do it in a quiet space. It may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.
Some say dry brushing helps with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins.
Dry brushing is best done before showering first thing in the morning. It's also best to use a brush with natural bristles. To begin, start at the ankles and brush upward using light but firm strokes. You always want to brush toward the heart because that is the way the lymph flows naturally. After you finish your legs, brush your stomach, arms, and shoulders.