Dry Brushing 101

When I was in fourth grade, I blatantly remember an after-school counselor telling me the red areas on the back of my arms were “fat bumps.” That idea has stuck with me for the last almost 20 years. I told myself, that if I just got skinny, the red bumps would go away. The truth is, they didn’t.

For years, I’ve attributed my Keratosis pilaris to my self-worth, but not anymore. A few months ago when I started to rid my beauty routine of toxins and practice a mindset of self-love, I came across dry brushing. The benefits almost seemed too good to be true.

Within hours, I had purchased my own dry brush and was ready to work it into my routine. I began my mornings brushing my whole body and applying a homemade essential oil shea butter cream afterward. I’m telling you, the results have been amazing.

My Irish-Italian skin is extremely sensitive and susceptible to ingrown hairs. After dry brushing? Almost all gone. My Keratosis pilaris? Noticeably cleared up on the back of my arms. My skin is noticeably more tan and smoother than it’s ever been (even my elbows!). Dry brushing really gets your blood pumping and it has been a great wake-up tool for my morning routine.

Don’t believe me? Here are the top five benefits that people much more qualified than me attribute to dry brushing:

5 Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

Stimulates your lymphatic system to help detox. In your body, the lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating cellular waste. Dry brushing can be a powerful detox tool by stimulating your lymphatic system and helping to release toxins. If your lymphatic system isn’t releasing waste properly, toxins can build up, causing inflammation and disease.

Why it’s good for pregnancy: It has immensely helped my fluid retention.

Improves circulation, digestion, and stress. Because dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system and encourages the elimination of metabolic waste, it helps get things movin’. Furthermore, many have expressed how the ritual and the attention to your body has become a mindful behavior that is soothing and helps lower stress.

Why it’s good for pregnancy: Growing a human is very stressful on the body and things move a little slower (if you know what I mean).

Exfoliates your skin and helps ingrown hairs.  Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improves skin appearance, clears clogged pores and ingrown hairs, and allows your skin to “breathe.” Eliminating clogged pores helps your skin absorb more nutrients to be its best self.

Why it’s good for pregnancy: Not going to lie, my skin has been the softest it’s ever been while pregnant, but that doesn’t mean the winter still hasn’t wreaked havoc on it. My dry brush has helped keep my skin moisturized and baby soft.

Reduces cellulite and improves elasticity. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. Increased the blood circulation helps flush the extra fat and toxins from your skin thus reducing cellulite and making it firmer, plumper, and more elastic.

Why it’s good for pregnancy: I’m convinced that because of my dry brush, I have avoided stretch marks thus far at 32 weeks.

Gives you an extra boost of energy. Dry brushing gets your blood flowing and invigorates your body. Your brush is a hormetic stressor, meaning it is slightly stressful to the body and stimulates beneficial adaptive changes.

Why it’s good for pregnancy: With limited sleep and caffeine intake, anything for a boost of energy is extremely welcome. I promise.

Where to Start

Working dry brushing into your daily routine only takes an extra 2 minutes. You can squeeze that in, right? With dry brushing, consistency is key, so pick either morning or night where you feel you can spare the extra seconds. Keep in mind that it will get your blood flowing, so if you already have trouble sleeping, it may be best to stick to a morning routine.

If you’re interested, get your very own vegan dry body brush here (this is the exact one I own) and get started! When you have your own brush, start at your feet and brush upwards in circles. Your brush strokes should always go towards your heart because lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart (except on your back). Be sure to get your entire body, including your face, armpits, and back. If you want any more information, check out YouTube for some great tutorials. Don’t forget to moisturize afterward.

Let me know in the comments below about your dry brushing journey!

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Leena Lemos
Founder of Enlightenedhood

Leena is the founder of Enlightenedhood and on a mission to raise the collective consciousness through empowering women to step into their power and out of the spiritual closet. Leena started collecting stories of how other mothers were using mindfulness + spirituality while navigating motherhood and this blossomed into a global movement, reaching almost 100 countries in under a year. Today, Leena is passionate about a many-to-many approach to spirituality and is working to build the Enlightenedhood tribe to make this type of wisdom more accessible and stigma-free.

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Leena Lemos
Founder of Enlightenedhood

Leena is the founder of Enlightenedhood and on a mission to raise the collective consciousness through empowering women to step into their power and out of the spiritual closet. Leena started collecting stories of how other mothers were using mindfulness + spirituality while navigating motherhood and this blossomed into a global movement, reaching almost 100 countries in under a year. Today, Leena is passionate about a many-to-many approach to spirituality and is working to build the Enlightenedhood tribe to make this type of wisdom more accessible and stigma-free.

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