Have you heard of dry brushing? It’s been around for hundreds of years and is part of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine that is used for many different things from skin health to detoxing. We love dry brushing at Vessel and incorporate it into our own health routines. Whether you begin by just brushing your face or include the entire body, you’re sure to notice a difference!
Dry brushing involves massaging the skin with a natural-fiber brush in circular movements. It’s basically a type of massage on the skin. According to an article from Forbes.com, its benefits include: exfoliation, opening pores in the skin, detoxification, immune system support, possible improvement of cellulite, relaxation, and energy and circulation stimulation.
Benefits of dry brushing begin at the skin. It helps rid your body of toxins while exfoliating. When you exfoliate and open the pores, it always your body to sweat more efficiently which means you can release toxins better. That’s why you may want to shower after dry brushing.
Because the brushing stimulates blood flow, it works below the surface to promote healthy circulation and immune system support (since it’s helping your blood move without becoming stagnant). It can also give you energy by increasing blood flow and oxygen transportation in the body.
The lymphatic system can be referred to as the drainage system in the body. It helps maintain fluid balance and transport anything that may have been lost in transport back to the blood system. It also aids in carrying white blood cells through your body to keep your immune system in check. When you have a blockage or your lymph system isn’t functioning properly, fluid can build up and cause swelling and fluid retention. Your immune system may not perform optimally if there is something hindering the blood flow. Dry brushing is a great way to aid in the blood and lymph circulation to help everything run smoothly.
If your goal is to stimulate the lymphatic system, Kelly Sturm, an Oncology and Lymphedema Physical Therapist, has a great video about the best way to dry brush.
Did you know we sell dry brushes at Vessel? You can get a facial brush or one for your whole body from the boutique! You can also find them on Amazon or through other wellness sites. Just make sure that you’re investing in a good one. Choose one with natural bristles that are firm but not overly harsh or stiff. The goal is to stimulate but not irritate. Also consider the handle — what is your goal? Are you trying to reach your back or behind your legs? Can you provide right right amount of pressure with a long handle or one that fits nicely in your hand? Is this a full-body dry or one for your face? At Vessel, we have one for your face and one for your body. Feel free to stop by the boutique to try it out for yourself!