If your body were a city, your lymphatic system would be its bustling network of highways.
But what happens when there's congestion on these all-important routes? Step into the rejuvenating world of dry brushing and promote healthy flow in the body, mind, and skin.
If you've been curious about self-care, you may have heard about dry brushing. And if you're scratching your head right now, wondering what on earth we're talking about, no worries. By the end of this informative journey, you'll be a dry brushing aficionado, ready to unblock your body and skin’s true potential like a pro.
WHAT IS DRY BRUSHING?
Dry brushing is all the rage right now. From luxury spas to celebrity morning routines, it's being heralded as the holy grail of skincare and wellness. But is it really the miracle it's touted to be, or is it just another fad?
Dry brushing, at its most basic, involves using a body brush, like our Aura Sweeper, and the ritual of gently sweeping it across your skin.
Simple, right? It gently exfoliates the skin and encourages stagnant lymphatic fluid to move through the tissues more efficiently.
Dry brushing has its roots nestled deep in ancient Ayurvedic practices. This centuries-old tradition was not just about skin-deep beauty. The belief was that brushing the skin helped improve circulation, slough off dead skin, and, yes, helped with lymphatic drainage.
When we dry brush, the Aura Sweeper is our go-to. It’s a body brushing tool designed specifically to help support lymph flow and circulation. It gives your skin the energizing exfoliation it needs to really glow, stimulating your circulatory system and resurfacing your skin.
WHAT IS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE?
Before we dive into how dry brushing can help with lymphatic drainage, let's review what lymphatic drainage means.
Imagine your lymphatic system as a vast network of highways. These highways transport a fluid called lymph throughout the body. Now, this lymph is a bit like a little garbage collector, picking up waste and toxins from your body’s cells and carting them off to be disposed of. It’s like your body’s clean-up crew.
However, unlike our circulatory system, which has the heart as a pump, our lymphatic system doesn't have a built-in propeller. So, it relies on the movement of our muscles to push this fluid along. If this movement is not efficient, the waste removal process can slow down, causing a traffic jam in our internal highways.
And just like any city with bad traffic, things start to go south pretty quickly. This is where lymphatic drainage comes in. It’s like hiring a team of traffic guards for your body’s highways to keep things flowing smoothly.
Dry brushing is touted as an effective way to stimulate this lymphatic system and keep your internal highways clear of any traffic jams… which sounds great, but it begs the question, how?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING FOR LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE?
Dry skin brushing gives a gentle push to your lymphatic system and helps it take out the trash — metaphorically, of course.
When you run the brush along your skin, you're stimulating the surface of your entire body. You're waking up the lymph nodes — the key junctions on your internal highways. As you brush the skin in the direction of your heart (a must, as we'll discuss later), you're basically telling your lymphatic system, "Hey, it's time to get moving!"
This stimulation helps support the process of lymphatic drainage. It allows waste, toxins, and other undesirables to move through your system quickly and efficiently. When you brush your skin, you're also supporting healthy blood circulation — and this blood flow brings along a fresh supply of oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells, contributing to overall glowing and healthy skin.
Plus, who could forget the exfoliating effects of dry brushing? With each stroke, you're sweeping away layers of dead skin cells, revealing a fresh, vibrant layer beneath. The result is smooth, glowing skin that feels as good as it looks.
The icing on the cake is the potential cellulite benefits. Many dry-brushing enthusiasts swear by the massage's power to reduce the appearance of cellulite by helping to distribute fat deposits more evenly.
IS THERE A RIGHT WAY TO DRY BRUSH?
Just like any traffic guard needs to know the rules of the road, there are a few guidelines to ensure that you get the most out of this practice.
The right tool is key. Look for a dry brush with natural, firm bristles and a long handle to reach those tricky areas like your back. Brushes with a detachable handle can be helpful for tackling more accessible zones like your arms and legs.
As we mentioned above, the Aura Sweeper is our fave, it’s artisan crafted from olive wood and the bristles are made from Tampico fibers that come from the agave plant. If you’re looking to revamp your full body routine, you can also get it as part of our Aura Collection, which has everything you need to smooth, tone, tighten, detox, and sculpt the body.
Always begin at your feet and brush upwards, moving towards your heart. This is the direction your lymphatic fluid flows, and we want to work with our body, not against it. Use long, firm strokes and avoid back-and-forth or circular motions.
When you reach your stomach and armpits, where there are more lymph nodes, go a little easy. These areas can be more sensitive, so gentler strokes work best here!
Lastly, timing is everything. Dry brushing is best done in the morning before your shower. This way, you can wash off the dead skin cells that you've just brushed away, and then complete your routine with our Aura Rose Pepper Body Toning Oil to double down on your lymphatic benefits.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON DRY BRUSHING MISSTEPS TO AVOID?
Before you start brushing, let’s clear up some common misconceptions and potential pitfalls. Being aware of these missteps can save you from some unnecessary discomfort and help you maximize the benefits of this ritual.
Like your favorite chocolate cake, dry brushing is a case of less is more, and overindulging may leave you feeling a little down for the count.
Overbrushing, or brushing too hard, can lead to skin irritation and may do more harm than good. Aim for three to five minutes a day of brushing with gentle but steady pressure — just enough to stimulate the lymphatic system and exfoliate your skin without causing any damage.
Brushing the Wrong Way
Always remember to go with the flow. That means brushing toward your heart.
Brushing away from the heart can put pressure on the valves within the veins and the lymph vessels, impeding the fluid's natural flow.
Brushing Broken Skin
This one might seem obvious, but it’s worth stating explicitly: avoid any areas with cuts, wounds, or severe inflammation. Dry brushing these areas can cause further irritation or even infection.
Everyone's skin reacts differently to new rituals. If you notice any persistent redness, discomfort, or irritation, it's a sign to give dry brushing a rest.
Dry brushing is largely regarded as safe, but there are certain circumstances where extra caution should be exercised.
If you have any skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, dry brushing could exacerbate the situation. It’s best to consult your dermatologist for personalized advice and guidance.
Similarly, people with sensitive skin or conditions that make skin more sensitive, like rosacea, should be cautious. Using a softer brush or reducing the frequency of dry brushing sessions may help, but always consult a healthcare professional or dermatologist before starting if you have skin irritation or concerns.
Those with blood clotting disorders or who are on blood-thinning medications may also need to avoid dry brushing per their doctor’s instructions.
If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition involving the lymphatic system, such as lymphedema, it's crucial to consult your doctor before starting dry brushing as well. Your doctor can provide guidance and ensure that you approach this ritual safely.
BRUSH FOR SUCCESS
Our bodies are miraculous machines, with intricate systems working around the clock to keep us healthy and functioning. Dry brushing is a simple yet effective way to lend a hand to your lymphatic system, guiding it along its path of waste removal.
Not only does it offer a potential boost to your body’s highways, but it also leaves you with smoother, glowing skin, and who doesn't love that? Just remember the most important steps in this ritual — always brush towards the heart, don't overdo it, and most importantly, listen to your body.
Our bodies are miraculous machines, with intricate systems working around the clock to keep us healthy and functioning.