Why You Should Add Dry Brushing To Your Self-Care Routine And How To Do It

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There are a ton of natural cure-alls making their way around the Internet, but some practices actually offer some surprising health benefits. One such practice is dry brushing, and it’s certainly one act of self-care you should add to your morning routine. But before you sigh about adding another must-do to your morning, read our easy-to-follow guide on the ancient practice.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing originated as an Ayurvedic detoxification technique called Garshana. Essentially a dry massage, followers of ancient Ayurveda believe the practice “refreshes and stimulates the skin and lymphatic system, enhancing blood circulation and the release of accumulated toxins.”

What are the health benefits of Dry Brushing?

  • Increases circulation to the skin, in addition to reducing the appearance of cellulite
  • Sheds dry or dead skin cells, making skin appear brighter & healthier
  • Improves blood circulation and assists the body’s lymphatic system by releasing toxins
  • Eliminates clogged pores so the body can more easily absorb nutrients

Closeup on young woman in bathtub using body brush

Is there a step-by-step guide to Dry Brushing?

To reap the extraordinary health benefits of dry brushing, follow this easy guide to performing the ancient Ayurvedic technique. To maximize results, it’s best to dry brush right before showering or bathing.

  1. Using a dry brush, gently massage the body. Exclude the face, chest, and heart, as well as other sensitive areas.
  2. Massage the stomach and joints in a circular pattern, while using long, sweeping strokes on arms and legs.
  3. Massage from the feet, upward. Make sure the direction of each stroke is toward the heart, which promotes the release of toxins in the lymphatic system.
  4. End with a shower or bath.

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