THE RITUAL: DRY BRUSHING


WHY--you should add this to your self-care regimen.
Lymphatic Support -- The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. Made up of organs, lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin. Dry brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify naturally.


Exfoliates, Tones, & Clears Skin -- The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. The added benefit of exfoliating the skin is clearing oil, dirt, and residue from the pores. Use a smaller, gentler dry brush for the face.
Reduces Cellulite -- There are many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helps to reduce cellulite. There isn’t much research to back the cellulite claims, but dry brushing feels great and makes skin softer, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t give it a shot anyway.


Natural Energy Boost -- Many people experience a natural energized feeling after brushing. It increases circulation and blood flow, which in turn it increases energy.


HOW—In the morning, start at your feet and brush upward towards the heart. Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upwards, or work in a circular motion. Avoid back and forth motions. For the stomach, work in a counterclockwise pattern. Harsh exfoliation is never the point; be sure not to press too hard or use too-stiff of a brush. Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red. Brushing can take as little as 2-3 minutes, but it can take up to 10 minutes if you take your time. Once you’re done brushing, get in the shower to remove the dead skin. Then pat yourself dry and apply a natural hydrating body oil immediately after for deeper hydration.


WITH -- The dry brush bristles should be natural, not synthetic. The ones we carry are made of Sisal, which is a Mexican agave plant that is cultivated for fiber production. We suggest using the Reverie Body Oil made by Oxalis Apothecary a calming yet uplifting body oil the perfect blend to start your day.



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