Thoughts on Dry Brushing
I'm sure by now you've heard of dry brushing. Either as a way to combat cellulite from interviews with models/celebrities or from hippy-dippy types that it stimulates the lymphatic system. According to an article on Goop, "It’s said to boost circulation, sweep away dead skin cells, stimulate the lymph nodes, improve digestion, improve the appearance of cellulite, and help the cells and body in general remove waste."
I've noticed improved circulation, smoother skin, and more energy from adding dry brushing to my routine. I dry brush right before showering on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which makes it easier to not forget and build the habit.
Here's a quick how-to on dry brushing:
Start at your feet, brushing upwards towards the heart, as the chest area is where the lymph system drains. After your legs, then start on your arms, beginning at the hands and working upward. Use firm, small strokes upwards, or work in a circular motion. I spend extra time on lymph rich areas such as the armpits and inner thighs. For the stomach and chest, work in a counterclockwise pattern. This usually only takes 3-5 minutes.
I use this travel size dry brush that fits in my palm, it's quick, easy and a nice way to practice self-care. Here are a few dry brushes to try: