It’s NO secret I like INTENSE.
Sometimes to the point where I feel like I may (???) alienate some people. Here’s the thing- I am always running late & usually overwhelmed so the more intense the more effective…at least that’s what I tell myself.
I mean I lay on my acupressure mat for 13423048 hours when directions say ten minutes, I leave my clay pimple cream on for 2 ( or 3-ish ) hours when it says 30 minutes, & you sure as hell won’t catch me leaving a cupping session without some INSANE BRUISING.
My Dad says I’ve been like this since I was a little girl.
It’s all or nothing with me, you know?
My pain tolerance is odd.
It’s either freezing fucking cold or scolding hot in my shower.
Anyway, a few years ago I became a HUGEEEEEEEEE, HUGGEEEEE FAN of dry brushing.
If you’re unfamiliar with dry brushing, let me update you?
Basically it “wakes up the lymph system. gets rid of excess fluid, bacteria, viruses, & cell waste. The lymphs act as check points along the pathways of the vessels. And when they’re working well, we feel strong, healthy, & energized.”
& that my friends, is exactly what dry brushing does. IT WAKES UP YOUR SYSTEM.
Also you can scoop this post ( I feel like you’ll need to learn the basics before we get started on this very weird post ).
Tony Robbins is a big fan of waking up & jumping on a mini trampoline.
He also loves cryotherapy & dry brushing.
Reason being? BECAUSE IT REALLY SHOCKS THE LYMPH SYSTEM…in the best way.
Because of Tony’s findings, I’m also a huge cryo fan AND I recently bought a mini trampoline. Both of which stimulate the lymphatic system.
( Michael wanted to kill me until he tried jumping on it? It’s in our living room…kind of hidden. But I feel like this is a whole different post? Me & a mini trampoline. Hmmmm ).
Anyway, Tony loves stimulating those lymphs & SO DO I.
So much in fact, I very much want you to stimulate your lymphatic system too.
But here’s the plot twist: I was using those dinky body brushes forever.
It wasn’t enough.
::THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU STOP FOLLOWING TSC BECAUSE YOU THINK I AM A NUT BAG::
So…I searched high & low for something STRONG.
Like the strongest of strong.
AND, well, I found something that works really well ( for me? ).
A dish brush.
Yes like a brush THAT YOU CLEAN YOUR FUCKING DISHES WITH.
Bear with me?
I, Lauryn Evarts, scrub my body with a sink brush.
This is actually very efficient if you think about it. My lemongrass & ginger liquid soap goes in the soap dispenser & I scrub the shit out of my body in the strongest way possible.
AND BOY OH BOY DOES IT WAKE YOU UP- MORE THAN ANY BODY BRUSH ON THE PLANET.
LIKE I AM FUNCTIONING AT A HIGH 30240384 while everyone else who’s body brushing is a measly 4-ish.
Circulation gets me going ( << it’s just so good for you ).
I wake up, DRY BRUSH WITH A SINK BRUSH…get ready & then maybe jump on my mini trampoline. Am I nuts?
But at least my lymph system is on fleek.
AND I have so much energy it’s RIDICULOUS. I’m telling you the difference between a sink brush ( go for a stainless steel one like this kind ) and a boring body brush is NIGHT AND DAY.
The sink brush is just so, SO strong- the bristles are gnarly. Just how I like it.
Some benefits? So glad you asked:
1. Stimulates Lymphatic System
In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage.
When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up & make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid…YES PLZ.
Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improves appearance, clears your clogged pores, & allows your skin to “breathe.”
3. Increases Circulation
When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
4. Reduces Cellulite
Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite.
Dry brushing is also said to help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue, although some believe the effect is temporary ( & mostly a result of skin becoming more plump and swollen after brushing ). The Huffington Post reported: “when we’d heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs.”
5. Relieves Stress
The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative ( especially if you do it in a quiet space ) & may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, & even relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.
6. Improves Digestion & Kidney Function
Dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function. According to one skin care and spa expert: “…many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, & more.”
7. It’s Invigorating AF
Many people become “addicted” to dry skin brushing ( in a good way LIKE ME ) because it simply feels so good. Along with glowing & tighter skin, regular dry skin brushers report feeling invigorated after a quick session.
THIS IS ALL VERY TRUE FOR ME.
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Some specific instructions for DRY BRUSHING from Mind Body Green– check it:
1.) Start on dry skin before bathing & work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
2.) Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
3.) Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.
4.) After you’ve finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest & breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer. ( Also: ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells & impurities ).
Tippity tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
Then follow it up with a slick moisturizer to nourish the skin— raw coconut oil WORKS WONDERS.
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So the whole sink brush thing is a weird discovery that I made on my own- it hasn’t been tested by anyone but me so if you’re suspicious consult a doctor. I love how it feels & the intensity just gets me going.
And if you’re on the fence about dry brushing in general, get on board. Even if it’s with a dinky body brush. It will still get the job done ( just not as intense as I like it! ). Sink brush ( LOL ) I use is found here– it’s legit in my shower now.
Oh & interested in a post in lympathic stimulation for the face? LMK- I do this too…like everyday.
Ok off to finish my latest book, The Brand Gap, & drink a cup of tea. It’s been a longgggg day. Anyone with me?
Happy Monday! XO lauryn
+ be sure to listen to the latest podcast with my dad, stepmom, & brother ; ).