Dry brushing for lymphatic drainage is an easy and simple practice to incorporate into your everyday routine. It is an effective technique that can help move toxins from the body and clear stagnant energy. Dry brushing not only relieves stress, but it also serves as a boost in the morning since it promotes circulation and boosts alertness. All you need is a dry brush and 5 minutes a day to see improved circulation and radiant skin! See the below step-by-step guide to explore how to use dry brushing to achieve maximum lymphatic drainage benefits.
When shopping for tools to dry brush with, look for natural bristles made of boar or sisal. The bristles should be firm yet gentle. The tools should also be comfortable to hold and maneuver. Avoid devices with plastic bristles or handles, as they may contain toxins that could be absorbed through the skin.
The goldy locks of dry brushes, the bristles are not too soft or rough, but just right. The brush paddle isn’t too long or too short but just right!
The Yerba Prima is the favored brush. Not only is the bristle texture perfect. The handle slides in and out, making it optional to use or ditch. You decide! The Yerba Prima brush is very affordable and comes in packs of 2 for under $30.
For the dry brush enthusiast that may not love a wooden paddle. This brush is slightly lighter weight and great to use while traveling.
Step One: Always start with dry skin and use quick, light strokes, beginning from the soles of your feet. Brush upwards towards the heart, repeating the stroke twice in a row. After dry brushing your feet, legs, and thighs, move onto your arms, starting at the wrists and moving upward to the shoulders with the same gentle and quick upward strokes.
Step Two: For the Torso Area, focus the brush in counter-clockwise circles starting around the belly button area. These counter-clockwise circles help promote better overall lymphatic drainage, resulting in smoother movement within the lymph vessels and eliminating excess water retention.
Step Three: Shower off to remove the dead skin and other lymphatic waste that will surface on the skin. Following the shower, you should use a clean moisturizer like this lotion or this luscious body oil. Enjoy that silky smooth, and radiant skin!
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the ideal frequency for dry brushing will vary from person to person. Dry brushing is a great way to help improve the flow of lymphatic fluid throughout your body and reduce the accumulation of toxins. It’s simple, easy, and can be done in just a few minutes daily. But as a general rule, most people should aim to dry brush at least three times per week for optimal lymphatic drainage.
Although it’s not necessary to shower immediately after dry brushing, I recommend doing so to help remove any dead skin and lymphatic waste that may have loosened during the brushing process. Plus, stepping in the shower after a good dry brush session feels wonderful and spa like.
After dry brushing, apply a non-toxic hydrating lotion like this or body oil like this. Or go the purist route and use simple organic coconut oil. Shea butter is also a good choice, as it contains vitamins A, E, and F, which are beneficial for the skin. See below for co-op body lotion and oil favorites!
Not the “sexiest” body lotion, but hey, even the best of us can get a minor case of Winter eczema now and then. This lotion typically stops that little bumpy red rash in its tracks.