Self Care: dry brushing

Some of my favorite self care steps literally take 2 minutes. It’s all these little things you can do throughout the day (or once a week/month) that add up to SUCH big changes! Dry brushing is one of those things that’ll help both short term and long term. 

So, why dry brushing?

You brush your hair, you brush your teeth, and you should also be brushing your skin! It has major benefits including smoother skin and lymphatic drainage. Every time you dry brush, you’re getting rid of SO many dead skin cells that are just sitting there. Exfoliating dead skin is going to help the appearance and bring to the surface that new skin sitting underneath it. Just like exfoliating your face (which you should also be doing!), but we’ll talk about that another time. Also, your lymphatic system is directly related to your body’s immune system. Your lymph system is made up of lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that all help to transport lymph through your system. These lymph vessels sit just below the skin and regular dry brushing can help keep the flow of this system going through the body. It’s a completely natural way to help detox your body! I don’t know about you, but anytime I come across something that helps your body and your systems detox, I am ALL ABOUT IT. 

How do  you do it?

 Dry brushing should always be done TOWARD your heart. I do it before every shower right in the shower so any dead skin I’m brushing off just falls there. I start at my feet and do long upward strokes up my body. My routine is...feet to knees, knees to thighs, butt & hips, hands to elbows, elbows to shoulders. Sometimes I also do my stomach in a counter clockwise direction (this is the direction your digestive system works). And if Mike is around I’ll have him do my back, which is the only exception to the direction. Your back should be done from the neck down to your lower back. SO easy. Like I said, this usually takes less than 2 minutes, and look at all of the benefits! 

This is the brush I use. It’s small and comes with a little bag, so it’s easy to stash away or throw in a bag if you’re traveling. 

After dry brushing and showering, I always finish my body off with oils! I’ve always been an oily person over a lotion person. Even when I was younger I’d use Baby Oil over lotion as my daily moisturizer, (but obvs NEVER out in the sun!) 

+ favs for after shower are Young Living’s Cel-lite Magic Massage Oil, Sensation Massage Oil, or I’ll just use a pump of fractionated coconut oil and add a drop or two of an essential oil!