All About Dry Brushing For Lymphatic Drainage
By now, you’ve probably seen many health and wellness influencers post about dry brushing. When I first heard about it years ago, I was a little skeptical. However, after some research and personal experience, I realized this method can be a powerful tool for lymphatic stimulation, exfoliation, and elimination of toxins. Additionally, it innervates the nervous system and leaves you feeling refreshed.
Dry brushing is a particularly patterned massage technique using a brush with course bristles. This brush from iHerb is the one I use and recommend. The best time to dry brush is before a shower. That way, you can wash off dead skin cells and use a natural, unscented lotion afterwards to rehydrate the skin. Below are steps to help you properly implement this technique in your self-care routine!
Move upward beginning at the feet
Brush your skin clockwise in big, circular motions. Make sure to adjust pressure based on the thickness of your skin. For example, use more pressure for places like the soles of your feet, and less pressure for more delicate areas, like the chest.
After brushing your feet, legs, and torso, brush your arms moving towards the armpits.
After you have finished, take shower to wash off the dry skin
Use a natural, unscented lotion or oil after your shower to rehydrate the skin
* Tip: Each brush stroke should be in the direction going towards the heart.
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