Several years ago, I created a list of “ten self-care tips” to help inspire others be healthier. I thought it was important to share this again. You can download it here – [download id=”5773″]
Tip #7 is about dry brushing. There are a lot of dry brush options out there and I thought more detail should be provided. Understanding more about it will encourage others to actually try dry brushing. Where do you start?
The main step is to pick a good brush. The one I’ve been using is called a Prana Brush; it is an Ionic Dry Brush with extra-fine copper bristles. It’s designed to be used without water, soap, or oil.
What makes something Ionic? Ionic compounds are the attraction between positively and negatively charged ions. Ions are formed when atoms gain or lose electrons or combinations of elements bonding sharing electrons result in the unit having an electric charge.
The word Prana is part of Hindu philosophy which includes yoga and Indian medicine. Prana is seen as a universal energy which flows in currents, in and around the body.
Dry brushing detoxifies the body, improves circulation, eliminates dead skin cells, exfoliates the skin, improves skin tone, aids digestion, reduces and prevents cellulite, and increases energy and well-being. In addition, dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps eliminate toxins and pathogens that can cause inflammation and illness. ~ Prana Brush
You should dry brush before a shower or bath, and start at the bottom on your feet, then the top of feet, then your legs, etc. Be light and gentle with the pressure, you might have sensitive skin like me. It’s also recommended to stroke the brush up toward your heart.
One more thing: you should start off doing this only once or twice a week to get your skin used to it. As a runner, my feet can get sore, so the dry brushing on a regular basis is very helpful and relaxing.
Here’s more detail on how it is recommended you use a dry brush – Using your new Ionic body brush.
Let me know if you dry brush your skin on a regular basis. And if there are any other dry brush tips you recommend.