At SOOTHE we love self care and anything that soothes and cares for our mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Dry brushing has become widely popular and here are some aspects behind the hype.
Dry brushing is a self-care technique that involves using a dry, natural-bristle brush to gently massage the skin in the direction of the lymphatic system's flow. The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in maintaining the body's overall health by supporting the immune system, removing waste and toxins, and regulating fluid balance.
While the scientific evidence supporting the specific claim of dry brushing for lymphatic drainage is limited, many people believe it can offer some potential benefits. Here are some of the benefits to consider:
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Stimulation of Lymphatic Flow: Dry brushing is thought to stimulate the lymphatic system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid towards the lymph nodes, where waste and toxins can be filtered and eliminated.
Exfoliation: Dry brushing can exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin cells, which may contribute to smoother and softer skin.
Circulation Enhancement: The brushing action may also promote blood circulation, potentially aiding in nutrient delivery to the skin and supporting overall skin health.
If you are considering incorporating dry brushing into your self-care routine, here are some tips:
Use a natural-bristle brush: Choose a brush with natural bristles, as synthetic brushes may be too harsh on the skin.
Brush towards the heart: Begin brushing at your feet and move upwards, always brushing towards the heart. This follows the natural flow of lymphatic fluid.
Gentle pressure: Apply gentle pressure to avoid irritation or damage to the skin. The goal is to stimulate, not scrub.
Avoid sensitive areas: Be cautious around sensitive areas or areas with broken skin, rashes, or infections.
Frequency: Dry brushing is typically done before showering, a few times a week. It's not recommended to do it daily, as overdoing it may irritate the skin.
BY: HANNAH ANDERSSON