What the heck is dry brushing?

It’s safe to say that within the realm of health and wellness the development of new and unfamiliar words is a relatively common occurrence. Whether it be a condition, a disease, a treatment, or something else, there are some rather funky terms used in the context of health, and dry brushing might have you scratching your head.

I hadn’t heard of dry brushing until I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, as it is often a recommended treatment. If you have no clue what the hell I am talking about, not to worry; health.clevelandclinic.org provides a great explanation.

“If you’re not sure what dry brushing your skin is, it’s a daily body massage with a dry, stiff-bristled brush that’s said to help get rid of flaky skin, increase circulation, detoxify, help digestion – and even improve the appearance of cellulite. 

“Dry brushing has gained traction for a reason. The list of benefits include:

“Detoxifying the skin

“The mechanical action of dry brushing is excellent for exfoliating rough, dry skin, she says. ‘Dry brushing unclogs pores in the exfoliation process. It also helps detoxify your skin by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage,’ says Dr. Khetarpal. Also, by unclogging pores, it’s easier for the body to sweat and eliminate toxins in your system.

“Stimulating the nervous system

“Dry brushing can make you feel good since it has the additional benefit of stimulating your nervous system. It can also leave you feeling invigorated like a massage often does.

“Giving your skin a more radiant glow

“Removing dead skin cells can help make your skin smoother and softer. It can also give your skin a brighter appearance temporarily.

“Gentler on your skin than scrubbing in the shower

“Hot water inflames your skin and even strips away oils, fats, and proteins that keep your skin healthy. This can cause redness and itching. Brushing your skin while it is dry allows you to exfoliate and increase blood circulation without robbing it of moisture the way the hot water in your shower can,” the web page explains.

I encourage you to read the entirety of the article as it goes into detail about which dry brush you should be using and appropriate areas of the body to perform dry brushing on.

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