Dry brushing is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that provides a multitude of benefits including assistance in detoxifying and draining the lymphatic system, stimulating and improving circulation, evenly distributing natural sebaceous oils while removing dead skin cells, maintaining healthy levels of “good" bacteria” on the skin, reducing cellulite while increasing elasticity, and promoting digestive health.
…. so what makes The Prana Brush different from other dry brushes on the market? First and foremost, its ion-charged copper and zinc alloy bristles. These magic bristles produce negative ions when stroked against the skin…. I know what you’re thinking now — what exactly are negative ions and why should I care about them on a dry brush??
Simply put - negative ions are oxygen atoms that are charged with an additional electron. These ions are found in nature, particularly near moving water. Next time you’re at the beach, hiking near a waterfall, or even just outside after a storm, take notice of the feeling in the air and the energy surrounding you — you are being saturated in negative ions! That calm, quiet, cleansing energy… yep all from those super cool negatively charged ions. In high concentrations, negative ions purify and detox the air. Negative ions are beneficial to us because they attach themselves to the harmful positive ions and neutralize their toxic impact. Positive ions include things such as airborne allergenic particles, dust, bacteria, viruses, mold spores and etc. Our devices are also a dense source of positive ions. Things like computers, cell phones, televisions, microwaves and even carpet and upholstery produce harmful positive ions. The effects can leave us feeling anxious, overstimulated, exhausted, cloudy minded, depressed, fatigued and more…
“The unique molecular structure of our copper bristles permits negative ions (created by the friction between the copper bristles and your skin) to be directly absorbed by your skin and into your body.” —Prana Brush
Dry brushing with the Prana Brush can deliver an impressive dose of negative ions right to the surface of your skin. Our skin is our body’s largest organ and it absorbs everything we put on it. The fact that our circulatory, endocrine, lymphatic, and every other system are all interconnected, it only makes sense that the care of our largest organ (epidermis) has an impact on how well these other integral systems function. Of course, I’m not a licensed medical professional and this is my personal opinion… but I can say, after using the Prana Brush for several weeks, I noticed a huge shift compared to that of a traditional natural bristle dry brush. My skin is softer, clearer and more supple, my circulation has greatly improved, I have much more energy and vitality at the start of each day, and my overall feelings of wellbeing both physically and mentally have increased. This brush is not suitable for those with metal allergies — it is compatible with all other skin types though
I also really love that the Prana Brush’s ion bristles are surrounded with a ring of 100% natural boar bristles. The boar hair is ethically and humanely sourced, while the beautiful natural wax coated handle is made with eco-friendly and sustainably-harvested beechwood.
So how to you properly dry brush?
Mornings are the best time for dry brushing as it stimulates and increases energy in the body
You should dry brush BEFORE showering or bathing
You should massage a vitamin and antioxidant rich carrier oil into your skin AFTER bathing
Start dry brushing at the soles of your feet and work your way up and inward on the body
Use gentle, rhythmic, long, straight strokes — always brushing towards the heart because this is the direction in which the lymphatic system flows
Dry brushing thoroughly should only take about 3-5 minutes total
Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you will need to adjust the speed and pressure that best suits your needs… it is completely normal for the skin to appear a bit flushed or rosy after dry brushing — however tears or cuts should never occur via dry brushing, this is how you will know if you’re applying too much pressure
Moles, cuts and delicate areas such as around the eyes should be avoided completely
Your Prana Brush should never get wet!!! With its super magical bristles, the antimicrobial and antibacterial properties are already there! You can wipe your Prana Brush with a dry cloth to remove any lingering particles
Drink lots of alkaline water (preferably room temperature) after you’re done brushing so your body can maximize the detoxifying properties
“Your skin will feel great after brushing! An ionic body brush feels very different than a typical body brush; in particular, ionic body brushes create a unique soothing effect and a pleasant tingling sensation on the skin. Your skin will feel more invigorated and refreshed than it would using a typical body brush.” —Prana Brush
Thank you all for reading! To get your own Prana Brush visit their website, or if you’d like to learn more about how the brush works, visit their FAQ page. If you enjoyed this post be sure to follow them on Instagram.
Have you ever heard of Dry Brushing? If so, what was your experience? Did you consistently incorporate it into your daily practice and routine? What benefits did you notice immediately? Let me know in the comments, I always love hearing feedback from you guys!
Love & Light,
—The Tiny Alchemist