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You probably take great care of your face, and spend plenty of time and money on skin moisturizers. But if you’re not dry brushing, you’re skipping a health and beauty routine that can offer health benefits to your whole body.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is a method of taking care of your skin that consists of using a dry bristle brush and gently sweeping it across your skin. The process should cover as much of your body as you can reach, including your arms, legs, and torso. Several varieties of brush are sold for dry brushing. You can use a simple hand brush with a strap, or a brush with a handle for brushing places that are hard to reach. The most important feature of the brush is the bristles. The bristles should be natural and not too hard and not too soft. To dry brush properly, always brush up, toward the heart.

Why Do You Need to Start Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing offers benefits that no other home beauty or health treatment offers. Here are some benefits to dry brushing that have been identified by individuals and holistic health care practitioners:

  1. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system’s job is to rid your body of waste on a cellular level. It’s working around the clock to get rid of the junk and keep your body working efficiently. When your lymphatic system isn’t working properly, it becomes sluggish and can’t keep up with eliminating the toxins that everyone is exposed to daily. Dry brushing helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, thereby helping to detoxify your body.
  2. It aids in exfoliation. Your skin exfoliates itself naturally, but you can help the process by dry brushing. This will help your skin to rid itself of dead surface cells faster. If you suffer from clogged pores, dry brushing will help the situation.
  3. Dry brushing relieves stress. Basically, dry brushing feels amazing. When you remember to use gentle motions, dry brushing can help you relieve stress, calm you down and relax you.
  4. It improves circulation. If you have dull-looking skin that seems to lack that certain glow that others seem to have, you should try dry brushing. Dry brushing improves circulation, helping to bring blood nearer the surface of the skin and bringing a healthy color to your entire body.

You can get started today with dry brushing for just the cost of the brush. This is one of the easiest and most affordable beauty and health treatments you’ll ever encounter, yet it’s one that will reap the most rewards.