What is dry body brushing?

Dry body brushing is an ancient health and beauty technique. Better known in Asia than in the West, it involves gentle, regular brushing of the entire body with a brush, performed on dry, non-wet skin.

The skin - the body's largest organ, accounting for an average of 15% of our body weight - is stimulated to achieve a variety of effects, including the inevitable energizing, invigorating and invigorating effect.

It's also known as body brushing or lymphatic brushing. The latter term illustrates one of the benefits of dry brushing: it boosts blood and lymph circulation.

Lymphatic brushing

Lymph is an organic liquid very similar in composition to blood plasma. It surrounds cells throughout the body (except in the brain and spinal column). Lymph is transported by a network of vessels called the lymphatic system. Its role is to cleanse the body of infectious agents and trigger the immune system's response when necessary. However, lymphatic circulation is much slower than blood circulation (since it depends on muscle movement and breathing). The more dynamic the lymphatic circulation, the more effective its cleansing action, and the better our health!

Regular dry brushing therefore helps the body to cleanse itself both inside and out!


What are the benefits of body brushing?

The primary benefit of body brushing is to help the skin eliminate dead cells that have accumulated on the surface. The exfoliating action of the brush allows the skin to breathe more freely. Blood also flows into the dermis thanks to the repeated friction of the soft brush on the skin, helping to better nourish and oxygenate tissues. Brushing also drains toxins (eliminated in part by lymphatic circulation, but also by the skin itself, via the open pores).

Lymphatic brushing is a genuine deep cleansing. To help lymph circulate, movements should always be upwards, in the direction of evacuation towards the lymph nodes, the main ones being located in the groin, armpits and neck.

It's also a surface cleanser. It leaves the skin soft and smooth, allowing cosmetics to penetrate more effectively.

In short, dry brushing :

  • Stimulates the lymphatic system, helping to eliminate toxins and boost the immune system
  • Gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead cells and promoting cell regeneration
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Reduces cellulite by toning tissues and distributing fatty deposits
  • Improves and softens skin texture: smoother, softer, more luminous skin
  • Relaxes and soothes!
  • Who can dry-brush, and how often?

Body brushing is suitable for almost everyone, and especially for those who want an "anti-aging" and "detox" treatment for their body. Lymphatic brushing is ideal for both dry and oily skin.

It is particularly indicated in cases of cellulite, water retention in the legs, numerous scars (only if they are well closed and old) and also old stretch marks.

How do I dry-brush?
Brush just before a shower.

The dry brushing method

Use a combination of softness and firmness. Always brush in circular movements, starting at the ends of the limbs and working upwards.

  • Start with the feet, under and over, then work your way up the legs in small circles to the top of the thighs.
  • Rub your hands and arms up to your armpits, before focusing on your back (with help) and buttocks.
  • Move on to the belly and gently rub yourself, then the chest and nape of the neck.
  • Get into the shower and rinse off with water.
  • Apply a cream or oil to finish.

When should I avoid dry brushing?

If your skin is damaged, injured or diseased (eczema, acne, psoriasis, shingles), don't dry-brush your body. You can brush atopic (very dry) skin, but not inflamed (red and painful) areas.

And don't brush your belly if you're pregnant. The same goes for a recent scar or stretch mark: avoid brushing. If your legs are affected by varicose veins, avoid brushing them too.

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