The benefits of dry brushing

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Dry brushing is a technique derived from Ayurvedic medicine. True beauty ritualdry brushing offers many benefitsespecially for the skin as well as blood and lymphatic circulation.

What is dry brushing?

Dry brushing helpsexfoliate the skin. Dry brushing enthusiasts use a brush with stiff bristles and preferably with a handle long enough to be able to reach so-called “difficult” areas, such as the back.

In fact, it is thanks to repeated movements as well as hair firmness of the brush used that this Ayurvedic technique allows toremove dead skin. Moreover, she boosted the skin’s ability to get rid of toxins.

Dry brushing, from a naturopathic point of view

The main routes of elimination from the body are called “the emunctories” : These are the kidneysfrom liverof the lungsof the intestines and some skin.
The skin being the largest organ in the human body, it is the emunctory which takes over in the event of overload or malfunction of the other “exit doors” of the body. In fact, almost a third residues and toxins are evacuated through the pores of the skin.
Your body breathes through the skin: It absorbsoxygen and expires carbon dioxide that forms in the tissues.
Some nutrients are also absorbed through the skin. Additionally, the synthesis of vitamin D is also done thanks to it.
If the pores are cluttered with dead cells and debris, the functions of the skin are impaired. As a result, impurities remain in the body, which can contribute to the development of certain degenerative diseases.
Oily with the light internal massage it provides, dry brushing helps to stimulate all emunctories.

Can I practice dry brushing on my sensitive skin?

Indeed, you can completely practice dry brushing, even if you have sensitive skin. Moreover, for it to be effective, the bristles of the brush used must be quite firm. However, if your skin is extremely sensitive, all you need to do is use washcloth for example. On the other hand, if your skin hurts or seems irritated or inflamed, do not continue to use this dry brushing technique.

It is important not to brush your moles, warts and other lesions. Ask the opinion of a health professional before practicing this method of care at home.

We also recommend that you do not practice dry brushing on the face. facial skin being finer and often more sensitive than that of the body.

Does dry brushing drain lymph?

The body has a system parallel to the blood system : The lymphatic system. This helps the body to fight infection. In fact, the lymph moves through this ‘circuit’ while being filtered by the lymph nodes. When we are sick, the lymphatic system can be clogged. This is the reason why our lymph nodes are often swollen and tender to the touch.

Dry brushing works to help the body to get rid of toxinsthrough the sweat. The bristles of the brush used stimulate the pores and open them. Thus, the body perspires more easily, which optimizes the evacuation of toxins circulating in the lymphatic system.

Dry brushing: Instructions for use

Here are some tips for putting this technique from Ayurvedic medicine into practice:

  • Use a natural bristle brush. Start with the lower body and work your way up while performing long, flowing, natural strokes.
  • Then, make circular movements with your brush. On the chest as well as the back (hence the interest of opting for a brush with a sufficiently long handle)
  • As this process can be a little too violent for sensitive areas such as the abdomen, breasts and neck, ease the pressure if necessary.
  • A few passes over the same area will suffice. Because if you practice dry brushing on the same part of the body too often, you risk irritating your skin.
  • Brush your body once a day, before showering

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2755111/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30047211/

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