Of the different things I do to stay healthy, dry bushing must be one of my favorites. Dry brushing, also called exfoliating, is the practice of scrubbing down your dry skin with a scratchy brush. Sounds like torture, perhaps? I swear it’s much nicer than it sounds, and the benefits are many.
Our skin is our largest organ, and lots of toxins and dead cells are eliminated through it, so regular exfoliation can help the skin work properly. Did you know that it’s estimated that the skin eliminates over one pound of waste each day? Daily dry brushing also helps improve circulation, stimulates the lymph system, increases energy, and firms the skin. When stimulating the lymph system, you encourage lymph fluid drainage, which will naturally boost your immune system.
So how do you dry brush?
First of all, it should be done once a day, twice if you can. Brush your skin when it is dry, preferably before a shower. Use a natural brush (no synthetics) with pretty stiff bristles. Use one with a long handle for those hard to reach spots.
When brushing, start at your feet and ankles; and, using circular motions, work toward the heart. Brush for 3-5 minutes until the skin is rosy. Shower after dry brushing to wash off any toxins and dead skin cells.
For me, it’s become part of my routine and now I love the feeling of dry bushing.