Dry brushing has become somewhat of a well-being / self-care fad in recent years, but in fact has long been recognised as an easy and effective way of supporting naturally occurring bodily functions.
What does it do?
- stimulates the nervous system
- supports lymphatic flow and drainage
- supports circulation of blood
- exfoliates the skin
What kind of brush do I need?
A natural, stiff-bristled bath/shower brush. Those with long handles are useful to reach your back.
Team HL really like this one from Neal's Yard Remedies.
How do I do it?
Start by dry brushing once a week and build up gradually to a few times per week. Make sure that your skin is clean and dry. Start at your feet and brush up your legs toward the torso in long strokes. Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Do a few gentle strokes on each area before moving to the next. Always brush towards your heart.
If you have sensitive skin, have a rash, broken or burned skin, have or are prone to skin conditions such as eczema or cellulitis, consider skipping dry brushing altogether, or proceed with caution, and certainly avoid the affected areas.
How you will feel afterwards:
Short term: You might find that you go to the toilet more frequently after dry brushing, especially after the first couple of times. This is a good sign and suggests that you are successfully stimulating your lymphatic system.
You might break out as waste is metabolised, and you might feel tired. This should stop after the first few times that you use dry brushing, and you might not experience this reaction at all.
Long term: You should feel energised and rejuvenated.