Dry Brushin’ is a Habit, get like me. OK so that’s not the lyrics to that old school David Banner song (Stuntin’ Is a Habit)… anyone have a foggy memory of that one? Just me? Ok that’s cool.
Anywho, today we’re chattin’ dry brushing! I recently polled you guyz on the good ol’ ‘gram about this one and it seems the majority were unaware of this super simple, easy wellness hack. SO, I figured it was the perfect next post for Dani On The Loose.
Dry brushing is a quick way to daily detoxify the skin- aka your body’s largest organ. It has been around for centuries and has been used as a prescription for detoxification. I recently also came across this Mind Body Green article that recaps the whole shebang down to a T. Basically you guys, the skin receives one whole third supply of all the blood in the body. And when that blood is filled with toxic materials, it reflects through our skin, immediately showing signs of imbalance and deficiency. The skin is also the last organ to receive nutrients from the food that we take in because it usually goes to other organs first. Giving your skin that opportunity for it to detox is V importante. Ya hear? Especially if you’re like me and a retox is on the rise seeing that it’s a Saturday and the sweet sound of crisp rosé is calling my name.
Ok ok, what’s in it for me? Benefits Galore:
–Reduces the appearance of cellulite. Yup. Being vain, this is numero uno. That’s right ladies (& gents). To be honest, I feel like I never worried about this until I was mid twenties. It’s like I woke up the day after turning 25 and discovered premature wrinkles forming, a lil’ cellulite comin’ in hot, and hangovers could no longer be cured by a massive brunch and hair of the dog. Needless to say I’m now 27 soOo…this is one of the top reasons I like to dry brush, especially around thighs and butt area just to be frank. Naw mean?
Dry brushing increases circulation to the skin. Cellulite is simply toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells and is often caused over time by fluid retention and lack of circulation in the area, among other things like weak collagen structure and diet. So, the circulation from dry brushing breaks down those unwanted toxins to set ‘em free. Furthermore, as Mind Body Green says, it helps with muscle tone and allows us all to have more even distribution of fat deposits.
-Sheds dead skin cells and unclogs pores that are full of cosmetics, lotions, potions, and more. It then encourages nice, shiny new cells to to grow in!
-Good for the nervous system as it stimulates nerve endings (you’ll know what I mean when you try it- it’s a weird sensation at first, feeling the brush on your skin, but I’ve actually gown to love it now that it’s part of my nightly routine.)
-Stimulates the lymphatic system. This guy ultimately helps keeping you from getting sick. If working properly, when inflammation starts to build up in the body (aka you’re getting sick), it can help to eliminate those unwanted toxins causing said inflammation through the skin. More on this from my bud Dr. Axe here!
Where Do I Get One?
I got my dry brush for about $10 at my trusty Whole Foods (I know, shocker) but you can also find them on Amazon here and other local health stores. All you need is some sort of natural bristle brush.
How Do I Do the damn Thing?
S/O to Becca from The Bachelorette with that one ^.
It’s Easy Peasy as I like to say.
- Take 5 minutes before you shower/bathe.
- Brush in long, sweeping, kind of circular-ish motions starting from the ankles and working your way up to your heart. Always brush toward your heart, not away from it. (The lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.) + Obvi, avoid sensi areas like the b(.)(.)bies, etc.
- Then shower as normal and be sure to apply a safe, non-toxic lotion after! Lately, I’ve been using this Dr. Bronner’s peppermint lotion with natural hemp oil.
Viola! Would you try dry brushing? Let me know plz.
Until next time.